There are multiple locations across Harvard's campus where you can access the software and hardware necessary for data analysis, whether quantitative or qualitative.

For a complete list of qualitative hardware and software across campus, as well as a comparison chart of various qualitative software, see this Guide to Qualitative Research from Lamont Library.

For a complete list of spatial computing and GIS software across campus, see this guide from the Center for Geographic Analysis.

Computing & Technical Resources by Location

Location:
Library & Knowledge Services
Harvard Kennedy School
79 John F. Kennedy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
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Located on the ground floor of the Littauer building (entrance from JFK Street or JFK Park)

 

As classes are remote, please visit HKS IT's Software page for the most up-to-date information on software available to you. Email library_research@hks.harvard.edu with any questions.

HKS Library computers come equipped with the following data-handling software programs. These computers are available only for use by HKS affiliates.

  • ArcGIS [10.7]: geographic information system used to create and manipulate maps, compile and manage geographic data, and analyze and share mapped information (PCs only).
  • nVivo [12]: qualitative data analysis program designed for working with rich text-based and multimedia information on levels of deep analysis and in large volumes. 
  • Open Refine [3.2]: open source program used for data cleanup and wrangling.
  • R: programming language and software environment for statistical computing, data analysis, and graphics.
  • Stata [15]: statistical software program used for data management, statistical analysis, graphics, simulations, regression, and custom programming.
  • Tableau [2019.2]: data visualization program that queries relational databases, spreadsheets, and more to generate graph-style visualizations.

Location:
Center for Geographic Analysis
1730-1737 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
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Software
 

CGA offers site licenses for Harvard affiliates on a number of spatial analysis and geographic information system (GIS) software, including:

  • Agisoft Photoscan
  • ArcGIS (Desktop, Enterprise, Online, Pro, and Pad)
  • CARTO
  • ENVI
  • ERDAS Imagine
  • ESRI Business Analyst
  • Google Earth Pro
  • TerrSet
  • Timble


Hardware

 

CGA maintains a variety of handheld GPS devices for training and field research that Harvard affiliates can check out. They also offer plotting and printing services with an HP DesignJet Z5400, at $5/foot for regular paper and $10/foot for glossy paper.

Location:
Harvard Map Collection
Pusey Library
Harvard Yard

Cambridge, MA 02138
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The Harvard Map Collection offers Harvard affiliates access to a number of mapping and geographic information systems tools, installed on workstations in the Map Collection Reading Room (just down the hall from the Lamont Multimedia Lab). These tools include:

  • ArcGIS (available for Harvard affiliates to download)
  • QGIS
  • Google Earth
  • Carto
  • Online interfaces

Location:
Institute for Quantitative Social Science
CGIS Knafel Building, Room 350
1737 Cambridge Street

Cambridge, MA 02138
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IQSS houses a computer lab with free access to workstations that have a full array of statistical, GIS, and other desktop applications, as well as printing, fast document scanning, and item checkout.

Location:
Lamont Multimedia Lab
Lamont Library, Level B
Harvard Yard

Cambridge, MA 02138
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The Lamont Multimedia Lab is your one-stop shop for media creation and data visualization, including editing and production for audio and video. It offers equipment available for circulation and/or in-house use, and houses computers with data-handling software including:

  • STATA
  • Tableau
  • QGIS
  • OpenRefine
  • Gephi
  • RStudio

Location:
Visualization Support
Lamont Library, Level B
Harvard Yard

Cambridge, MA 02138
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Visualization Support at Harvard Library offers access to desktop computers with Tableau already installed, and free Tableau downloads for all Harvard affiliates.