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.

By Ben Marwick, Assistant Professor of Archaeology at the University of Washington.

This short post is written for archaeologists who frequently perform common data analysis and visualisation tasks in Excel, SPSS or similar commercial packages. It was motivated by my recent observations at the Society of American Archaeology meeting in San Francisco - the largest annual meeting of archaeologists in the world - where I noticed that the great majority of archaeologists use Excel and SPSS. I wrote this post to describe why those packages might not be the best choices, and…

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