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Free data management software
Beyond 20/20 software
Statistics Canada releases some of their files in Beyond 20/20 format. This is a link to download that software.
SPSS stations at RRU
Royal Roads University has 50 licenses for the statistical software called SPSS. See the linked page from Computer Services to find the locations.
Open source GUI alternative to SPSS. Software can read SPSS-readable files.
Open source GIS software
OpenStat contains a large variety of parametric, nonparametric, multivariate, measurement, statistical process control, financial and other procedures. One can also simulate a variety of data for tests, theoretical distributions, multivariate data, etc.
SOFA - Statistics Open For All
Statistics, analysis, & reporting program with an emphasis on ease of use and learn as you go.
If you are looking for marketing or other business research, please see our 'Business Research' guides
Tutorials on data management software
A dated but useful site which presents "useful code and techniques to increase productivity of all level of SPSS users."
From QSR, the makers of NVivo
Beyond 20/20 guide
Guide from Carleton University library
Finding statistics and/or data to support your research can take time and it is a good idea to be flexible in what you are looking for. You may find that the best information available turns out to be a poor fit with the questions you need answered.
Here are some points to consider before you look for numbers to support your case:
- geography – specific province or city? cities of a given size? a single postal code?
- population: age, sex, ethnicity?
- domain: the subject of your research
- currency: How old is too old? (It takes a long time for agencies to compile and publish numbers.)
Any statistic you find had to be tracked, collected and published. This costs money. The more financial value information has, the more likely it is to be tracked. So another important point to consider is who would keep track of the numbers you want? If the federal, provincial or municipal government would, then there are tools in this guide to help you find what statistics or data exist. If the private sector would, then that information may be proprietary and more difficult to find.
Remember that if you are having trouble finding what you need, we are happy to help. Email the librarians at: email@example.com
This guide will always be a work in progress. We welcome any feedback you have on how it could be improved. If you know of another useful website or if you have ideas for how it could be otherwise improved, please let us know.
Using data to debunk common misconceptions of the developing world