By Daniela Duca, Sage Ocean.
As part of SAGE Ocean’s mission to advance the use of computational methods and new tools in social science research, we are collaborating with the Software Sustainability Institute to improve the Research Tools Directory for social and humanities researchers and software engineers interested in these disciplines. The directory provides free, reliable, peer-to-peer guidance to researchers and software engineers who want to discover new tools and how to use them to get more out of their data.
We are currently working to shed light on the best tools the community uses to carry out research within social sciences. Finding a tool is easy, but learning about the different and quite creative ways that one can use these tools is much harder. Research papers can give some insights into the tools used via the methodology sections but we find that most of the time the real recipes, tips and tricks are missing. Having this information handy would not only save researchers around the world time, but also give them and you access to useful and applicable resources around these tools.
We want to help you and we also need your help. We want to work with you to collate and share with the community all your powerful examples of using research tools.
If you recently fell in love with a computational tool/software for data collection or analysis, let us know why and how you used it, any lessons learned and of course a link to your research project or paper. Drop us your details or send us a tweet on SAGEOcean and we will reach out to you to find out more about it and showcase your research, the tool and your profile on our directory.
We look forward to hearing from you!