Resources for Researchers

Software Online Data Collection

SoSciSurvey: Scientific surveys are free at SoSciSurvey. You can create an account and create your own survey.
Unipark: Some chairs have their own Unipark licenses. For information please contact the Method Center.

Software Registration Paper Survey

To capture data from questionnaires automatically only makes sense if you have many questionnaires with many questions.

Otherwise, manual data capturing makes more sense. To reduce errors, it is advisable to work with an input mask. For example, you can create a survey at SoSciSurvey (see notes above) and use the online survey as a mask. Alternatively, you can also use a database program (Access) or, if you have the appropriate programming knowledge, create a mask yourself.

If you want to capture questionnaires automatically, you must be aware of the appropriate formatting of the questionnaires in advance. A free program for collecting paper questionnaires would be queXML. But that only makes sense if you are familiar with Linux and server installation. The price of programs is at least in a four-digit range.

Software for Quantitative Data Evaluation

R and RStudio: R and the user interface RStudio are mainly used in teaching at the ZU. Both programs are free of charge. In particular, if you work with large data sets or use computationally intensive procedures, you may want to use the R-server of the university. For information please contact the Method Center.

SPSS can be obtained via the IT Team. For information please activate a ticket in the ticket system of the ZU.

Stata is used at the ZU only at a few chairs and is not used in teaching. Information on how to order can be obtained from the Method Center.

Content analysis Software

MAXQDA is the predominantly used content analysis program for teaching at the ZU.  Information on how to order can be obtained from the Method Center.
Atlas.ti is an alternative content analysis program that is not used for teaching at the ZU. Information on how to order can be obtained from the Method Center.

Transcription Software

You can also transcribe with MAXQDA. An alternative free program is EASYTRANSCRIPT. The most common program with largest range of functions is  f4.

Information on how to order can be obtained from the Method Center. For transcriptions it is often helpful to work with a pedal (see below equipment).


Recording Device / Voice Recorder: Recording with smartphones usually works very well, but there are sometimes problems with smartphones having low battery levels, especially on days of multiple interviews, or that the recording will be interrupted by incoming phone calls. For these and some other reasons, the classic voice recorder is not yet out of fashion.
Pedal: Transliterating is much easier if you can stop the record with a pedal.

Data Protection

When you collect data yourself, you need to think about data privacy protection and you need to explain the respondents what you are doing with the data and how you are processing it.

Information on the subject of data protection when collecting qualitative data can be found in the links provided in the right-hand column.

You will also find help with the collection of standardized data in the right-hand column. (see „Muster zur Einhaltung von Datenschutz bei Online-Umfragen herunterladen“ translated "Download privacy compliance sample for online surveys").

Computer Laboratory

SPSS and MAXQDA is installed in the computer room. There is access to the R and Python servers. For more information on how to use it, please contact the Method Center.

Media Laboratory

The Media Laboratory has iMacs and a presentation screen with AppleTV.
Photoshop is available as software and a VR space with Valve Index incl. full body measurement by 6x Vive Tracker 3.0. There is a university-owned Steam account with VR software, portable Oculus Quest 2 incl. accessories, OBS and XSOverlay for video recordings in VR without having to put off the headset.

For further information, please contact the Chair of Media & Communication Science (Prof. Dr. Udo Göttlich, questions regarding VR-Space Felix Krell).

Research Laboratory

EEG Laboratory: The laboratory offers the possibility to collect EEG data (BIOSEMI, 64 and 128 channels). Data collection and evaluation (BESA, EEGLAB) is only possible after thorough training.

Hugo Eckener Laboratory (HEL): The laboratory offers the possibility to collect eye-tracking data (SMI iView X Hi-Speed 240 Hz). Furthermore, the collection of physiological data is possible (respiration, pulse, electrodermal activity EDA, BIOPAC). Data collection and evaluation is only possible after thorough training.

LEIZ Laboratory: A total of 11 Windows PCs are available in the lab for behavioral studies. The individual workstations are separated by privacy screen. If necessary, appropriate software can be installed (z-Tree, NBS Presentaion, Psychopy etc.). The PCs can also be used to edit online questionnaires.

For further information on how to use the EEG- and Hugo Eckener Laboratory, please contact the Chair of Social & Economic Psychology (Prof. Dr. Anja Achtzigerr).

For further information on how to use the LEIZ Laboratory, please contact the Chair of Business Psychology and Leadership Ethics (Prof. Dr. Carmen Tanner).

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