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The Computing Services Department provides access to a range of office, statistics and other applications for installation on a personal device, please see the following pages for general information on applications available. See the Computing Services Software home for general information on available applications.

Note - some applications such as EndNote (referencing management desktop application) and SPSS are now available on the Software Downloads Portal, the portal is shown in the Software downloads page. Some applications are listed on the direct downloads page, you can also see a list of license codes (for renewal of software already installed or if you prefet to obtain the media separately).

You will be prompted for your UoL (MWS) username and password when accessing software downloads or the software portal, this is the same username/password used to log into the Library (do not type this in an email format when logging in).

Applications include -

  • Microsoft Office desktop software for installation on up to 5 personal devices and Office 365 (cloud-based applications).
  • The software portal - to download EndNote (desktop version), SPSS, CorelDraw and other desktop software.
  • Software license codes (with links to media/ downloads in some cases) for renewal of NviVo, SPSS etc. (see full list of licenses).
  • Software downloads - including stats and research applications (see full list of downloads).
  • Citrix Workspace - providing campus applications to your own device via a virtual desktop (see instructions for Windows or Mac/OSX).
  • Survey software - 
    JISC Online Surveys - note this UoL online survey platform requires an application to IT Service Desk to request an account.
    Microsoft Forms can be used to create surveys, review results and generate Excel data (see UoL Office 365 details above).
  • Transcription of text/ data (see links above to Office 365 and related applications for access at UoL) -
    Important - Any automatic transcription shoud be reviewed for accuracy, as computer-generated transcription can only provide an approximate rendering of voice narration, therefore any resulting automatic transcription should be reviewed and edited as necessary.
    Word Online (Office 365) record and transcribe audio - record dictation and generate text, you can also upload a previously recorded audio file to generate a transcription when selecting the transcribe feature (see detailed advice above).
    Generate a recording in a Teams interview - you may need to use MS Teams (or Zoom) to carry out online interviews for research purposes. It is possible to use the record feature (and generate a transcription during recording) in Teams, the resulting video will be saved automatically to your MS Sream account in Office 365 (also see Stream details below) allowing automatic transcription of speech. If recording in Zoom, you will likely need to manually upload the file and create a transcript in Word (see options above) or by converting the audio file to an MP4 video for upload in MS Stream for transcription (see details below). You can access MS Teams using your UoL (MWS) login for access to these platforms. You may be able to use Zoom via the UoL license, see details on the IT Services Web pages for MS Teams or Zoom.
    Generate automatic captions and a transcript for recordings/video in Microsoft Stream - see the list of file formats accepted, note - Stream does not accept audio-only file formats, you may need to convert an audio-only file to a supported format such as MP4 before uploading to Stream (if you have an .MP3 audio file, you can simply try to change the file extension to .MP4 - if you can't see file extensions see this guide, the file should then be accepted in Stream as an MP4 video from which you can choose to generate a transcript), also see this guide to convert audio to MP4 in PowerPoint.
  • Remote Desktop service - you can log into campus PCs remotely to access all installed MWS applications via remote connection.

These applications are used at your own risk, the University does not support most of these applications, you should consult your tutor on the appropriate application to support your studies.

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Name: Libre Office
Description: LibreOffice is the free open source personal productivity suite for Windows, Macintosh and GNU/Linux, that gives you six applications for all your document production and data processing needs:
Writer, Calc, Impress, Draw, Math and Base. Libre Office also provides the ability to save documents in PDF format.
License: GNU Public v3 license.
Operating system: Cross Platform
Developer(s): GNU Project
Download: http://www.libreoffice.org/
Vendor Support: http://www.libreoffice.org/get-help/
University of Liverpool Computing Services Support: No

Name: ProjectLibre
Description: ProjectLibre project management software is an open source alternative to Microsoft Project. We have a community site as well at http://www.projectlibre.org It has been downloaded in 187 countries the first month of release and was just voted Sourceforge's "Project of the Month" ProjectLibre is compatible with Microsoft Project 2003, 2007 and
2010 files.
License: Common Public Attribution License 1.0 (CPAL).
Operating system: Cross Platform
Developer(s): http://www.projectlibre.org/
Download: http://www.projectlibre.org/
Vendor Support: http://www.projectlibre.org/
University of Liverpool Computing Services Support: No

Name: Open Epi (Open Source Epidemiologic Statistics for Public Health)
NOTE: Open Epi is also included as part of the 'Epi Info' application (see 'Epi Info' details in the next entry).
Category: Statistics Application
Description: OpenEpi provides statistics for counts and measurements in descriptive and analytic studies, stratified analysis with exact confidence limits, matched pair and person-time analysis, sample size and power calculations, random numbers, sensitivity, specificity and other evaluation statistics, R x C tables, chi-square for dose-response, and links to other useful sites. OpenEpi is free and open source software for epidemiologic statistics. It can be run from a web server or downloaded and run without a web connection. A server is not required. The programs are written in JavaScript and HTML, and should be compatible with recent Linux, Mac, and PC browsers, regardless of operating system. (If you are seeing this, your browser settings are allowing JavaScript.) A new tabbed interface avoids popup windows except for help files
License: Open Source
Operating system: All (Browser based set of Web pages)
Developer(s): Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Public Web Browser Version: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/epiinfo/
Download: http://www.openepi.com/OE2.3/Downloads/Downloads.htm
Vendor Support: http://www.openepi.com
Training / Guidelines: http://www.openepi.com
University of Liverpool Computing Services Support: No

Name: Epi Info
Category: Statistics Application
Description: Epi Info is public domain statistical software for epidemiology developed by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia (USA).  The program allows for electronic survey creation, data entry, and analysis. Within the analysis module, analytic routines include t-tests, ANOVA, nonparametric statistics, cross tabulations and stratification with estimates of odds ratios, risk ratios, and risk differences, logistic regression (conditional and unconditional), survival analysis (Kaplan Meier and Cox proportional hazard), and analysis of complex survey data.
License: Public domain
Operating system: Windows
Developer(s): Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Download: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/epiinfo/
Vendor Support: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/epiinfo/script/helpdesk.aspx
Training / Guidelines: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/epiinfo/html/training.htm
University of Liverpool Computing Services Support: Yes

Name: MLwiN
Category: Statistics Application
Description: MLwiN is a statistical software package for fitting multilevel models. It uses both maximum likelihood estimation and Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) methods. MLwiN is based on an earlier package, MLn, but with a graphical user interface (as well as other additional features). MLwiN represents multilevel models using mathematical notation including Greek letters and multiple subscripts, so the user needs to be (or become) familiar with such notation.
License: Free to request by email using your University email (ending in
.ac.uk)
Operating system: Windows
Developer(s): University of Bristol
Download: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/cmm/software/mlwin/download/
Vendor Support:
http://www.bristol.ac.uk/cmm/software/mlwin/download/manuals.html
University of Liverpool Computing Services Support: Yes

Name: RQDA
Category: Statistics Application
Description: RDQA is a R package for Qualitative Data Analysis, a free qualitative analysis software application (BSD license). It works on Windows, Linux/FreeBSD and (probably) the Mac OSX platforms. RQDA is an easy to use tool to assist in the analysis of textual data. At the moment it only supports plain text formatted data. All the information is stored in a SQLite database via the R package of RSQLite.
License: Open Source
Operating system: Cross-platform
Developer(s): HUANG RONGGUI
Download: http://rqda.r-forge.r-project.org/
Vendor Support: http://rqda.r-forge.r-project.org/
University of Liverpool Computing Services Support: No

Name: PSPP
Category: Statistics Application
Description: PSPP is a program for statistical analysis of sampled data.
It is a free replacement for the proprietary program, SPSS. PSPP provides many transformations and utilities. Procedures provide the ability to perform t-tests, anova, linear regression, reliability analysis, factor analysis, non parametric tests and other analyses.
Future versions of PSPP will provide a greater variety of statistical analyses.
License: GNU General Public License
Operating system: Cross-platform
Developer(s): GNU Project
Download: Windows/ Other operating systems  (http://www.gnu.org/software/pspp/get.html)
University of Liverpool Computing Services Support: No

Name: Weft QDA
Category: Statistics Application
Description: Weft QDA is an easy-to-use, free and open-source tool for the analysis of textual data such as interview transcripts, fieldnotes and other documents. The software isn't being maintained or updated, but the current version is available and includes some standard CAQDAS features
License: Free
Operating system: Cross platform
Developer(s): Pressure.to
Download: http://www.pressure.to/qda/
Vendor Support: http://www.pressure.to/qda/doc/wefthelp.pdf
University of Liverpool Computing Services Support: No

Name: Coding Analysis Toolkit
Category: Statistics Application
Description: CAT or Coding Analysis Toolkit is a web-based suite of CAQDAS tools. It is free and open source software, and is developed by the Qualitative Data Analysis Program of the University of Pittsburgh.
CAT is able to import Atlas.ti data, but also has an internal coding module. It was designed to use keystrokes and automation as opposed to mouse clicks, to speed up CAQDAS tasks.
License: GNU General Public License
Operating system: web-based
Developer(s): University of Pittsburgh
Download: (Web based) cat.ucsur.pitt.edu/
Vendor Support: cat.ucsur.pitt.edu/
University of Liverpool Computing Services Support: No

Name: Compendium
Category: Statistics Application
Description: Compendium is a computer program and social science tool that facilitates the mapping and management of ideas and arguments. The software provides a visual environment that allows people to structure and record collaboration as they work through "wicked problems". The software is currently released by the not-for-profit Compendium Institute. The current version operationalises the Issue-Based Information System (IBIS), an argumentation mapping structure first developed by Horst Rittel in the 1970s.
License: GNU General Public License
Operating system: Cross-platform
Developer(s): Compendium Institute
Download: http://compendium.open.ac.uk/institute/download/download.htm
Vendor Support: http://compendium.open.ac.uk/institute/
University of Liverpool Computing Services Support: No

Name: SOFA Statistics
Category: Statistics Application
Description: SOFA Statistics is an open-source statistical package, with an emphasis on ease of use, learn as you go, and beautiful output. The
Name stands for Statistics Open For All. It has a graphical user interface and can connect directly to MySQL, PostgreSQL, SQLite, MS Access, and Microsoft SQL Server. Data can also be imported from CSV files or spreadsheets (Microsoft Excel, OpenOffice.org Calc, Gnumeric, Google Docs). The main statistical tests available are Independent and Paired t-tests, Wilcoxon signed ranks, Mann–Whitney U, Pearson's chi squared, Kruskal Wallis H, one-way ANOVA, Spearman's R, and Pearson's R.
Nested tables can be produced with row and column percentages, totals, sd, mean, median, lower and upper quartiles, and sum. Simple but dynamic bar charts (freq or means), clustered bar charts (freq or means), pie charts, single or multiple line charts (freq or means), area charts (freq or means), histograms, scatterplots, and box and whisker plots are available. It is also possible to create chart series.
License: GNU General Public License
Operating system: Cross-platform
Developer(s): Paton-Simpson & Associates Ltd
Download: http://www.sofastatistics.com/
Vendor Support: http://www.sofastatistics.com/
University of Liverpool Computing Services Support: No

Name: ADaMSoft
Category: Statistics Application
Description: ADaMSoft is a free and Open Source statistical software developed in Java. It is multilingual and multiplatform. It contains data management methods, Data Mining techniques and it offers several facilities in order to create dynamical reports or to store documents.
License: GNU General Public License
Operating system: Windows, Linux
Developer(s): CASPUR statistical group
Download: http://adamsoft.caspur.it/English/Default.html
Vendor Support: http://adamsoft.caspur.it/English/Default.html
University of Liverpool Computing Services Support: No

Name: gretl
Category: Statistics Application
Description: gretl is an open-source statistical package, mainly for econometrics. The
Name is an acronym for Gnu Regression, Econometrics and Time-series Library. It has a graphical user interface and can be used together with X-12-ARIMA, TRAMO/SEATS, R, Octave, and Ox. It is written in C, uses GTK as widget toolkit for creating its GUI, and uses gnuplot for generating graphs.
License: GNU General Public License
Operating system: Cross-platform
Developer(s): The gretl Team
Download: http://gretl.sourceforge.net/
Vendor Support: http://gretl.sourceforge.net/
University of Liverpool Computing Services Support: No

Name: Sage
Category: Statistics Application
Description: Sage (previously SAGE, System for Algebra and Geometry
Experimentation) is mathematical software with features covering many aspects of mathematics, including algebra, combinatorics, numerical mathematics, number theory, and calculus. Sage is sometimes called sagemath to distinguish it from other uses of the word. The first version of Sage was released on 24 February 2005 as free and open source software under the terms of the GNU General Public License, with the initial goals of creating an "open source alternative to Magma, Maple, Mathematica, and MATLAB." The originator and leader of the Sage project, William Stein, is a mathematician at the University of Washington.
License: GNU General Public License
Operating system: Cross-platform
Developer(s): William Stein
Download: http://www.sagemath.org/
Vendor Support: http://www.sagemath.org/
University of Liverpool Computing Services Support: No

Name: Salstat
Category: Statistics Application
Description: SalStat is an application design for the analysis of scientific data. It can perform a range of tests from descriptive statistics through to analysis of variance tests and their nonparametric equivalents.
License: GNU General Public License
Operating system: Cross-platform
Developer(s): Alan J. Salmoni and Mark Livingstone
Download: http://www.salstat.com/
Vendor Support: http://www.salstat.com/
University of Liverpool Computing Services Support: No

Name: Statistics Online Computational Resource
Category: Statistics Teaching Application
Description: The Statistics Online Computational Resource (SOCR) is a suite of online tools and interactive aids for hands-on learning and teaching concepts in statistical analysis and probability theory developed at the University of California, Los Angeles. The SOCR resource is HTML, XML and Java based and all materials and tools are freely available over the Internet. SOCR consists of Interactive Distribution Applets, Statistical Analysis Modules, Data Modeler, Graphics Tools, Instructor's Notes and Additional resources. SOCR resources are peer-reviewed, integrated internally and acknowledged by dozens of international digital libraries, professional societies and scientific organizations like NSDL, Open Educational Resources, Mathematical Association of America and California Digital Library.
License: Free
Operating system: Web Based
Developer(s): UCLA
Download: http://www.socr.ucla.edu/
Vendor Support: http://www.socr.ucla.edu/
University of Liverpool Computing Services Support: No

Name: Dataplot
Category: Statistics Application
Description: Dataplot is a free, public-domain, multi-platform (Unix, VMS, Linux, Windows 95/98/ME/XP/NT/2000, etc.) software system for scientific visualization, statistical analysis, and non-linear modeling.
The target Dataplot user is the researcher and analyst engaged in the characterization, modeling, visualization, analysis, monitoring, and optimization of scientific and engineering processes.
License: Public Domain
Operating system: Cross Platform
Developer(s): Statistical Engineering Division, Information Technology Laboratory, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Download: http://www.itl.nist.gov/div898/software/dataplot/
Vendor Support: http://www.itl.nist.gov/div898/software/dataplot/
University of Liverpool Computing Services Support: No

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