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Research Data Management (RDM): Data Analysis Tools/Software

Data Analysis Tools/Software

  • Atlas.ti - used for qualitative and mixed-methods analysis (free version only  available on workstations in the Library Research Commons)
  • Kepler - a free and open source scientific workflow system that enables researchers to create, execute, and share models and analyses.
  • OpenRefine - used for cleaning, transforming and matching data
  • Qualtrics survey software (Please see the process below on how to access Qualtrics - for University of Pretoria users only)
  • R - a programming language and software environment that is used for statistical computing and data analysis 
  • SAS - Statistical Software
  • SPSS - Predictive Analytics Software (Software trials available from IBM)
  • Taverna - an open source workflow management system – consisting of a suite of tools used to design and execute scientific workflows and aid in silico experimentation

How to access analysis software tools and who to contact?

Various statistical software exist, that can make life easier when analyzing your data. 

IBM SPSS and Atlas.ti are both uploaded on all Hatfield and Groenkloof Research Commons computers.  

To have either of these installed on your personal computer, email your enquiry to Please note: this can only be done for registered UP students.

The Research Commons computers are now equipped with R -  a free tool with a user-friendly interface for managing and analyzing your research data. is a popular alternative to other statistical programs, such as SPSS, SAS, and Python. Find out more about the basics of R here:


For access to Qualtrics for your personal computer, please:

  • Contact and request to be added to the IT Services portal
  • Once Charl has confirmed that your profile has been added, follow the steps outlined here.