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

  • Compendium


    Windows and Mac (all stations)

    Compendium is open source concept-mapping software. Concept maps can show relationships between terms and concepts, and in the library research world are used to build complex search statements you would enter in library databases.

  • Dia Diagram Editor

        Dia Diagram Editor

    Windows and Mac (all stations)

    Dia is open source diagramming software. It can be used to create flowcharts, circuit diagrams, network diagrams, and concept maps.

  • Gelphi


    Windows and Mac (all stations)

    Gelphi is open source data visualization software. Bibliography of publications using Gelphi.

  • Graphviz


    Windows and Mac (all stations)

    Graphviz is open source graphing and data visualization software.

  • Mathematica


    Windows and Mac (all stations)

    Mathematica is the primary symbolic mathematics software package.

    Online tutorials: Hands-on start to Mathematica and Wolfram training courses.

  • NetDraw


    Windows (all stations)

    NetDraw is used for visualizing social network data.

  • Orange Canvas

        Orange Canvas

    Windows (all stations)

    Orange is open source data visualization software that can be scripted to assist with data mining.

  • RapidMiner Community Edition


    Windows and Mac (all stations)

    Community Edition is the open source version of the commercial version of RapidMiner used for data and text mining.

  • Tableau Public


    Windows and Mac (all stations)

    Tableau Public is data visualization software. It is often used to create infographics.

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

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