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
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)
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 : 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 : 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.
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)
- ERDAS Imagine
- ESRI Business Analyst
- Google Earth Pro
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.
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)
- Google Earth
- Online interfaces
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: