Open Source Tools for Social Science Researchers

Tools for social scientists of all kinds, conducting research with people online.

Want to contribute? Join the project on GitHub or request to edit on the Google Docs version.

About this project

This collection is for social scientists that would like to use digital tools to supplement their work. Drawing from the communities of web developers, data journalists, design researchers, market researchers, archivists, librarians, oral historians, UX/UI designers, and digital humanities scholars that have created tools for their own work, this list is curated for social research purposes. Many of the tools listed here are open-source (though some are not). But what is open source, you ask?

Open-source software (OSS) is a type of computer software in which source code is released under a license in which the copyright holder grants users the rights to use, study, change, and distribute the software to anyone and for any purpose.

While this collection started out as a list of only open-source tools (✨), there are many more listed here that are available as freemium, proprietary, or are not open source at all. Feel free, add, change, or edit any tools or resources listed here.

Note: Some of these tools may require knowledge of basic markup languages, like Markdown (learn it here or here) or HTML (here / here). Others might require knowledge of more technical software or programming languages like Javascript (x / x), R (x / x) or Python (x / x). It would be good to know how to use the command line.

✨ = open source
💵 = freemium
💰 = proprietary
🧭 = user-friendly
🥨 = high learning curve
📍 = tested (by a.l.s.)