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Data Sources: Data Tools

Visualize It!

Data visualization is the study of the visual representation of data, meaning "information that has been abstracted in some schematic form, including attributes or variables for the units of information" (wikipedia).

Analysis Software

We recommend the following software for those working with data:

For making tables and graphs

  • Excel (available on public computers, Windows and Macintosh)

For statistical analyses

  • SPSS (available on all public computers, Windows and Macintosh)
  • Stata (available on all public computers, Windows)
  • Eviews (available in the B-Level computer labs in the LITC

For mapping

  • ArcGIS (available on all public computers, Windows)

Qualitative software

  • Atlas.ti (available in the B-Level computer labs in the LITC)

Online Mapping

Many faculty members and students may find that online mapping tools fit their needs better than ArcGIS, the mapping software that Trinity supports.  For those wishing to map Census data from 1790 to the present, try Social Explorer, which allows users to:

  • access data at the tract level on many topics (race, housing, poverty)
  • produce downloadable/printable tables for selected tracts
  • compare tract-level data to data at the county and national level
  • create slideshows with the maps they have created

Social Explorer also offers time-series maps for New York City and Los Angeles County.  These allow users to follow trends in distributions of races over time.

Those interested in mapping something other than Census data might try the National Atlas Map Maker, which allows you to map data on agriculture, the environment, recent elections, etc.

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