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By design, Port offers both market-leading, commercial software like NVivo, ArcGIS, and AutoCAD that are frequently used by professionals in the field, and also many free, open-source alternatives that are increasingly competitive. Test-drive both kinds in Port before you commit your own money and computer resources.

  • Image editing

        image editing

    Port offers several image editing programs for both bitmap and vector images.

  • Media editing

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    Port offers several audio and video editing programs.

  • CAD/Modeling

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    Port provides commercial and open source software for CAD (Computer Aided Design), CAM (Computer Aided Modeling), and CAE (Computer Aided Engineering).

  • Data visualization

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    Data visualization helps with the understanding of data by putting it in a visual context, so that we may see patterns, trends, and correlations.

  • Simulation

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    Engineering simulation software models dynamic systems to explore behavior, make predictions, and find solutions.

  • Geospatial / mapping

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    Geospatial analysis applies statistical analysis to data with a geographical or geospatial aspect. This software will be used in a wide variety of academic disciplines.

  • Statistical / quantitative analysis

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    Statistical and quantitative analysis is fundamental in many research methodologies. These software packages work with small to large data sets, helping to organize, validate, analyze, reduce, and visualize the data.

  • Qualitative analysis

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    Qualitative analysis looks at behavior and these software packages often work with textual and other non-numneric data.

  • Textual analysis

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    Textual analysis tools can look at the frequency of terms and phrases, extract language from multimedia files, and code language for further statistical analysis.

  • Digital development

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    Digital development tools include programming platforms for C++, Java, and other languages.

  • Writing/publishing

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    These tools allow creating casual to professional publications, including journal articles, theses and dissertation, and books and book chapters.

  • Project management

        project management sample
    Project management tools allow planning, scheduling, budgeting, and analyzing extensive projects.

Contact us

  •     Bruce Pencek
  • Bruce Pencek
  • College Librarian for Social Sciences & History
  • (540) 231-2140
  • (540) 231-2140 (Newman Library 3050 office -- for most purposes)
  • 3050 Newman Library, 560 Drillfield Drive
    Blacksburg, VA 24062-9001
  • Ed Brooks
  • GIS Specialist
  • 540-231-9225
  • Newman Library room 2030
    560 Drillfield Drive
    Blacksburg, VA 24061

Port computers

  • Use of Port must comply with the Virginia Tech Acceptable Use Policy.
  • Files left on machines may be seen (and changed) by others; personal files and settings can be deleted at any time. Save your work to portable media and/or cloud storage and delete files from computers – protecting your research from loss and theft is your responsibility.
  • Port computers do not all have the same software. Users needing licensed software (nVivo, SPSS) have priority – please accommodate them.

Please respect the privacy, comfort, and needs of others who are here to use Port’s special research and learning opportunities