When looking for research software, our online software directory, Research Software Central, is always a great place to start. Currently, it lists more than 450 different software titles — all exclusively developed for market, opinion or social research applications. We’ve just undertaken the first of a series of exciting improvements to the directory. If you visit the directory, you will see a new look, consistent with the rest of the meaning website, designed to make the information simpler and clearer to access. We’ve also added a link to each provider’s name which takes you straight to their website in a new window. Where there are links to our own independent reviews, these now show the year of the review.
We’ve also added some great new categories, including solutions for communities, software for different types of qualitative research: online focus groups are now joined by qualitative discussion boards and qualitative analysis solutions. We have also added a category of data management tools, for programs that aim to solve problems of data integration or using data from multiple sources and resolving any differences across them.
We are also working on a thorough revision of the content, and will be updating the database over the next few weeks. Some further changes are currently at the planning stage, and we hope to make some more significant changes to the directory, to make it even more useful, later in the year.
We hope you find the directory useful. If you have any suggestions for products to be included, we will always be pleased to hear from you.