So you’ve got some data, and you’re ready to start doing exciting things with them. Great! There are myriad options out there for tools to analyse, visualise and otherwise interact with your data—the daunting thing can be finding the most appropriate tool for the job! The resources in this section can help you to select the best tool for you and your data.
We’ve split the resources here up into:
However, keep in mind that analysis and visualisation often overlap, so it’s a good idea to check both sections to make sure that you don’t miss out on the ideal tool for the job at hand.
If you don’t find what you’re looking for here, another great place to start looking for tools is the DiRT Directory. The DiRT (Digital Research Tools) Directory is a pretty comprehensive registry of digital research tools. It is organised by activity—you say what you want to do with you data (e.g. analyse, convert, organise, visualise, etc.) and it will provide you with a list of tools that would be useful in undertaking that task.
If you are looking for a tool to help you perform textual analyses, TAPoR is a great resource. It provides a registry of tools for textual research for a wide range of analyses, including sentiment analysis, natural language processing, and social media analysis, amongst many others. You can filter the registry based on the kind of analysis, how easy the tool is to use, how widely it is used, the license and cost, and other options to hone in on the right tool for your task.
Looking for tools to help with getting data from social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook? Check out a list of useful social media data collection tools.