Basics of data collection: If you collect data yourself, you should always think about data protection (how to collect the data, where to store the data, how to ensure anonymisation, ...). Therefore, it is important to pay attention to the notes on data protection below.
SoSciSurvey: Scientific surveys are free at SoSciSurvey. You can create an account here and create your own survey.
Unipark: Some chairs have their own licenses. Therefore, you may first ask your supervisor for Unipark access. Otherwise, you can contact the Student Research. More information is available here.
Basics of data collection: If you collect data yourself, you should always worry about data protection (how do you collect the data, where do you store the data, how to ensure anonymization, ...). Therefore, pay attention to the notes on data protection below.
Automated data capture of questionnaires only makes sense if you have many questionnaires with many questions. Otherwise, manual data capture makes more sense. To reduce data capture 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 that the questionnaires have to be formatted appropriately 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.
R and RStudio: R and the user interface RStudio is mainly used in teaching at the ZU. Both programs are free of charge. R can be downloaded here and RStudio here. In particular, if you work with large data sets or use computationally intensive procedures, you may want to use R in the computer room (see notes below).
DataCamp: DataCamp is a learning environment for R and also Python that is free of charge within corresponding courses at the ZU. Alternatively, you can also purchase individual access for 22 EUR monthly here
SPSS is installed in the computer room (see notes below). If you are not on campus and still need SPSS, you can apply for a license at Student Research. More information is available here. Alternatively, you can also purchase a student annual license for 66.94 EUR here.
Stata is used at the ZU only at a few chairs and is not used in teaching. Therefore, Stata is also not provided by the ZU for student research. However, if you still need the program, the six-month student license is still quite affordable (39.57 EUR) and can be purchased here. Another important note: There are several variants of Stata (IC, SE, MP), which differ in how big the data set can be at most. Stata IC, which can handle more than 2,000 variables and 2 billion cases, is usually enough for student research projects.
MAXQDA is the predominantly used content analysis program for teaching at the ZU. Therefore, the program is also available in the computer room (see notes below). If you are not on campus or want to use MAXQDA on your own computer, you can buy a six-month student license here for 45 EUR. You can also apply to Student Research. More information is available here.
Atlas.ti is an alternative content analysis program that is not provided by ZU for student research. The six-month student license costs 39 EUR and can be purchased here.
You can also transcribe with MAXQDA. Here's how it works. An alternative free program is EASYTRANSCRIPT, which generally meets the requirements of student research. The most common program with largest range of functions is f4. A six-week student license costs 22 EUR and you can also apply for it at Student Research. More information is available here. For transcriptions it is often helpful to work with a pedal (see below Equipment).
Recording Device / Voice Recorder: Generally about data collection: If you collect data yourself, you should always think about data protection (how do you collect the data, where do you store the data, how to ensure anonymization, ...). Therefore, pay attention to the notes on data protection below.
Smartphone recordings usually work 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 recording or dictating machine is not yet out of fashion. You can borrow a recording device from Student Research. Contact: Silke Bengel: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pedal: Transcribing is much easier if you can stop the recording with a pedal. You can borrow a pedal from Student Research. Contact: Silke Bengel: email@example.com
Access: You can also work in the computer room during courses, further education or other university courses. However, it may be that the computer room is closed outside course hours. You can get access to the computer room if you write an e-mail to Stephan.Sturm@zu.de with the subject "Computer room for student research" ccIris-Niki.Nikolopoulos@zu.de or Kilian.Seng@zu.de and ask him to unlock the computer room.
Login: In the computer room, log in with your student ID and password to VMWare Horizon to start the Windows virtual machine. You will find among others SPSS and MAXQDA on the desktop. For RStudio, open Firefox and enter vertica01:8787 in the address bar. For setting up an RStudio user account please contact Martin.Elff@zu.de, as the teaching accounts are not suitable for student research projects due to the limited storage space. Please backup your data via USB or online, as possible data loss cannot be excluded.