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Research Support: Collect, test, analyse and interpret data

This libguide provides guidelines to research support services and resources available to researchers throughout all stages of the research cycle.

Electronic Resources

Books

Key Concepts

Data collection is the systematic recording of information; data analysis involves working to uncover patterns and trends in datasets; data interpretation involves explaining those patterns and trends.

Scientists interpret data based on their background knowledge and experience; thus, different scientists can interpret the same data in different ways.

By publishing their data and the techniques they used to analyze and interpret those data, scientists give the community the opportunity to both review the data and use them in future research.

From: Visionlearning

Gapminder: The Foundation developed the Trendalyzer software, which was acquired by Google in March 2007. The current version of Trendalyzer is Gapminder World, a web-service displaying time series of development statistics for all countries and many sub-national regions. Gapminder world uses "Google Motion Charts" to power its graphics.

Data Analysis Software

Contact your Data Services Librarian for assistance.