Data Analysis and Collection 

Data Analysis Technologies
Statistical Packages 
Qualitative Analysis
Data Collection Technologies: 
Audio Data Collection   
Observational Data Collection
Data Sets


Data Sets 
  • http://www.census.gov/ftp/pub/DES/www/welcome.html

  • The Data Extraction System is a tool for extracting records (rows) and fields (columns) from very large, public information, data files (for example: survey and census records.) The system produces custom extracts in selectable data file formats which, when processed, can then be picked up at the Census Bureau's FTP site . This system DOES NOT produce simple counts or tabulations. It produces ONLY RAW DATA which must then be picked up and processed by programming or statistical analysis software elsewhere. 
  • http://www.ciesin.org/datasets/us-demog/us-demog-home.html

  • The Demography Home Page is part of an initiative to identify, document, and provide simple access to demographic information concerning The United States of America. This part describes CIESIN's data holdings and related information. This Home Page consists of a series of cascading hypertext links providing access to national data resources, on-line supporting documentation (code books, data dictionaries, citations), and possibly extraction tools for data access, and you may connect to an anonymous ftp service for data file retrieval.
  • http://fisher.lib.virginia.edu/active_data/social.html

  • Interactive data resources from the Social and Behavioral Science. Resources are provided by the University of Virginia Library. Some data sources are restricted to University of Virginia affiliates where as others are available to all users.
  • http://www.library.uiuc.edu/rex/erefs/

  • The Electronic Reference Collection (ERC) represents a compilation of informational sites, available via the Internet, selected and annotated by the UIUC Reference Library.   Divided into several general topics, the ERC intends to provide its users a starting point for the research process.  Accordingly, most of the sites chosen for the ERC are general in scope, ideal for providing ready reference, reflecting the content and mission of the Reference Library itself. Please note, however, that some links within the ERC signify licensed databases, for use only by
    UIUC-affiliated patrons. 
  • http://nces.ed.gov/

  • The National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data that are related to education in the United States as well as other nations.
  • http://www.library.uiuc.edu/edx/webstats.htm

  • Selected internet resources for statistics in the Social Sciences from the Education and Social Science Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  The purpose of this guide is to provide links to major sources of statistical information on the Internet. The focus is on education and areas within the social sciences, such as crime, population and demography, crime and arms control. Links to international sources of statistical information are also included. 
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Data Analysis Technologies 
Statistical packages
  • http://www.sas.com/

  • Base SAS software, which provides tools essential for mastering the four data-driven tasks common to virtually any application: data access, management, analysis and presentation.
  • http://www.spss.com/

  • SPSS 11.0 is a modular, tightly integrated, full-featured product line for all stages of the analytical process ÷ planning, data collection,
    data access and management, analysis, reporting and deployment.  Its graphical user interface (GUI) includes data management, statistics and
    reporting methods required for data analysis.
  • http://www.stata.com/

  • Stata is an environment for manipulating and analyzing data using statistical and graphical methods. Stata is an integrated package ÷ not a collection of separate modules. You can intersperse data management, statistical, and graphical commands. 
  • http://www.westat.com/wesvar/

  • Designed for statistical analysis of data from complex survey samples.  Free student version available.
  • http://www.carleton.edu/curricular/Other/stats/programs.html

  • This site provides a list of statistical packages and resources for data analysis.
  • http://www.stata.com/links/stat_software.html

  • Other statistical software providers.
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Qualitative Analysis 
  • http://WWW.MAXQDA.COM/

  • MAXqda is an advanced program for Qualitative Data Analysis. It is a new partner product to the well known software package winMAX. 
  • http://www.qualisresearch.com/

  • Ethnograph 5.0: Use Ethnograph to: 
    • Create and Manage Data Files
    • Code Data Files
    • Use a Code Book, Master List, Family Tree
    • Memo's: Analytic Writing
    • Search Options: Expand Search Output Displays 
  • http://www.researchware.com/hr20.html

  • HyperRESEARCH 2.0 allows you to work with text, graphics, audio, and video source material.  Displayed reports include hyper links to underlying source material. 
    • Comprehensive Code-and-Retrieve Functions
    • Code Annotation (Memoing) and Descriptions: Select a code reference on a case card, click the Annotate button, and add up to 32,000 characters of information per reference. 
    • Expanded Auto coding: Auto code multiple sources to multiple cases, looking for multiple phrases in a single pass.
    • Code Mapping: Use the Code Map Window to graphically represent relationships between your master codes.
    • Hypothesis Testing: Utilize the Artificially Intelligent "Expert System" provided by the Hypothesis Tester to perform in-depth
              analyses of your coded data to see whether the coding supports your hypothesis. 
  • http://www.qsr-software.com/home/home.asp

  • N6 (latest version of NUD*IST software) offers a complete tool kit for rapid coding, thorough exploration and rigorous management and analysis. With a full command language for automating coding and searching, and a Command Assistant that formats the command for you, N6 powerfully supports a wide range of methods. Its command files and import procedures make project set up very rapid, and link qualitative and quantitative data. Tolerant of large data sets, it ships with QSR Merge, which seamlessly merges two or more projects (N4, N5 or N6) for teams or multi-site research. Documents are imported singly or in batches, in plain text with automatic formatting to the chosen unit of text. Coding on-screen, with new immediate access to the code system, the researcher can monitor and manage the emergence of ideas. Coded material is displayed for reflection, revision of coding and coding-on to new categories. With searches of coding or text accessed by new, visual displays, the researcher can test hypotheses, locate patterns or pursue a line of inquiry to a confident conclusion.
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Data Collection Technologies

Audio Data Collection and Analysis
Allows a user to record audio interviews and analyze qualitative data. 

  • http://www.annotape.com/

  • AnnoTape is a software solution for recording, analyzing & transcribing audio data for qualitative research.
    Record sound files - interviews, conversations, broadcasts - direct to the hard disk of your computer.
    Store up to one hundred hours of sound, together with text based data, all in one integrated database. 
    Analyze data by annotating & indexing the original sound and text files. Effectively creating Īsnippetsā of virtual tape for a database of audio data.  At the touch of a button, return to the exact moment in the tape you seek Transcribe only those Īsnippetsā of sound you really need, using AnnoTapeās transcription environment. 
  • http://www.interclipper.com/

  • Allows a user to record audio data such as interviews, organize, annotate, mark and/or categorize audio clips. Provides instant access to any part of the interview without rewinding or fast forwarding.  Allows qualitative research staff to assign codes, comments ÷ and even numerical values ÷ to each citation. The researcher can create a database of citations that can be manipulated according to the
    information needs.  Julie McMillan's  in-depth description.
  • http://www.code-a-text.co.uk/

  • C-I-SAID - The Code-A-Text Integrated System for the Analysis of Interviews and Dialogues.  A very powerful system for studying documents which integrates qualitative and quantitative methods. The source  documents can be text or questionnaires,  audio or video. CTANKS is a document creation and searching utility that has has many of the features of a word processor.  The major difference being that a CTANKS document can contain three different components - the text of the document, media file on which the text is based and comments  which have been added.  Only one of the three components is necessary but when the others are included they are linked together using hypertext. Complete documents can then be output and distributed either as a traditional text or in a format which allows the text and media  linking to be retained. CTANKS has powerful search facilities which can identify sections within documents and create a report containing each of the required components. 
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Behavioral Data Collection Technologies 
  • http://www.scolari.co.uk/frame.html?http://www.scolari.co.uk/best/best.htm

  • Behavioral Evaluation Strategy and Taxonomy (BEST) is a user-friendly, powerful software package that facilitates the real-time collection and analysis of observational category system data. Using BEST, you can:
    • Record the start and stop times of multiple mutually exclusive and overlapping events 
    • Create your own category system to meet your specific observational needs 
    • Develop multiple different observation systems to be saved for various observational needs 
    • Record information live or synchronized with video tape at almost any location 

    • Qualitatively, quantitatively, and sequentially represent and analyze observational data 
    • Record and categorize an infinite number of events into as many as 36 multiple categorize
    • Ascribe numerical and qualitative notations to events to subcategorize multiple levels or identify unique or atypical occurrences 
    • Record multiple keyed events simultaneously 
    • Easily collect data with observation system represented on screen 
    • Merge and sort individual data files to allow complex observational description from videotape
    • Comprehensively represent data by automatically recording response frequency, duration, intervals, time samples, latency, inter response time, percentage of experimental time, and discrete trials 
    • Easily facilitate the data collection process with multiple means of recording data, including press and hold, toggle for turning on and of timing, or countdown recording 
    •  Pause recording to enter and exit the same observational episode
  •  http://www.psychsoft.com/

  • The !Observe software is a simple way to gather, collate, and analyze behavioral data. Analyzes data by rate or by interval. Generates easy-to-read graphs and tables. Time stamps notes during observations. Counts intervals with audio signal or silent screen indicator. Imports data from !Observe Personal Data Assistant (PDA) Software. Exports data to word processing or spreadsheet programs. Stores data-stream records for further analysis.
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Last updated 3/3/02 by Julie McMillan