Researchers may find the following tools useful in their work. Emphasis is given to free (or at least having free components) and online tools or services.
Data Management Planning:
Electronic Lab Notebooks:
Directory of digital research tools:
Syracuse University has site licenses for each of these packages and offers them at a highly discounted price for students, faculty and staff. To order your own copy of Stata, go to their order page and be sure to indicate in the comments section that you wish to purchase your copy under SU's site license. To purchase SAS or SPSS, please go to ITS' Software Licenses page and follow the instructions there.
The G-SIC also has ArcGIS available for your use. These can be used with the data management and statistical analysis capabilities of SAS, Stata and SPSS for some truly interesting and cutting-edge projects.
All statistical software packages have their good points and their bad points. Which to use is a difficult but important decision. We describe each package below to help you decide which to use. Please be aware that if you have data in SAS format, for example, but prefer to use Stata (or SPSS), then you are not stuck using SAS. You can use StatTransfer to convert the SAS data into Stata.
Still not sure what package you should use or want to know what else is "out there"? Then check out the DiRT Directory.
The following are sites and books to help you learn how to mine social networks, mostly using R: