Online resources

Useful software and online resources for identification, mapping and statistics.

Links to each resource can be opened by clicking on the matching icon/picture.

Statistical Programs

EpiTools epidemiological calculators

The site is intended for use by epidemiologists and researchers involved in estimating disease prevalence or demonstrating freedom from disease through structured surveys, or in other epidemiological applications.

The R Project for Statistical Computing

R is a language and environment for statistical computing and graphics. It is a GNU project which is similar to the S language and environment which was developed at Bell Laboratories (formerly AT&T, now Lucent Technologies) by John Chambers and colleagues. R can be considered as a different implementation of S. There are some important differences, but much code written for S runs unaltered under R.

R is available as Free Software under the terms of the Free Software Foundation’s GNU General Public License in source code form. It compiles and runs on a wide variety of UNIX platforms and similar systems (including FreeBSD and Linux), Windows and MacOS.

Mapping Software & Resources


QGIS is a professional GIS application that is built on top of and proud to be itself Free and Open Source Software (FOSS).



Copernicus, previously known as GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security), is the European Programme for the establishment of a European capacity for Earth Observation.

European Environment Agency (EEA)

The European Environment Agency (EEA) is an agency of the European Union, whose task is to provide sound, independent information on the environment. The EEA aims to support sustainable development by helping to achieve significant and measurable improvement in Europe's environment, through the provision of timely, targeted, relevant and reliable information to policymaking agents and the public.


Digimap offers access to a range of datasets for the purposes of education and research.

Create or interrogate a map online by selecting an appropriate base map, adding annotations and customising the content, use measurement and query tools to learn more about any study area. Download the raw spatial data in a wide range of formats for use in local GIS, CAD or image processing software.


The Jisc geospatial data service, created by a partnership between Jisc and Airbus, offers easy access to a wide range of digital mapping products to members of the academic community.  The service allows you to easily and quickly discover, view, order, and download a variety of geospatial data products from a range of suppliers (licenced by Jisc) – all through one simple interface.


Within Eurostat, GISCO is responsible for meeting the European Commission's geographical information needs at 3 levels: the European Union, its member countries, and its regions.

Online Repositories

British Library EThOS

Search over 500,000 doctoral theses. Download instantly for your research, or order a scanned copy quickly and easily.

TeL: thèses-en-ligne

The purpose of TEL (thèses-EN-ligne) is to facilitate the self archiving of thesis manuscripts, which are important documents for direct scientific communication between scientists. TEL is actually a particular "environment" of HAL. It therefore has the same objective: make scientific documents available to scientists all around the world, rapidly and freely, but with a restriction to PHD thesis and habilitations (HDR, in countries where habilitations exist).

Le serveur TEL (thèses-en-ligne) a pour objectif de promouvoir l'auto-archivage en ligne des thèses de doctorat et habilitations à diriger des recherches (HDR), qui sont des documents importants pour la communication scientifique entre chercheurs. TEL est un environnement particulier de HAL et permet donc, comme HAL, de rendre rapidement et gratuitement disponibles des documents scientifiques, mais en se spécialisant aux thèses de doctorat et HDR. 

Deutsche Nationalbibliothek

Search 1.6 million freely accessible online publications. Search function currently set to search for dissertations.

1,6 Millionen frei zugänglichen Online-Publikationen.

NARCIS - National Academic Research and Collaborations Information System

NARCIS is the main national portal for those looking for information about researchers and their work. Besides researchers, NARCIS is also used by students, journalists and people working in educational and government institutions as well as the business sector.

NARCIS provides access to scientific information, including (open access) publications from the repositories of all the Dutch universities, KNAW, NWO and a number of research institutes, datasets from some data archives as well as descriptions of research projects, researchers and research institutes.

TDX: Tesis Doctorals en Xarxa

TDX (Theses and Dissertations Online) is a digital cooperative repository of doctoral theses presented at some Spanish universities. The consultation of theses is opened and allows the user to construct searches on the complete text of the files by author, advisor, title, keywords, university and department of publication, year of defense, etc. This repository, managed by the Consorci de Serveis Universitaris de Catalunya (CSUC), and sponsored by the Generalitat (government) of Catalonia, has the following goals:

  • To publicise, around the world and on the Internet, the results of university research.
  • To offer the authors of theses a tool to increase public access to their work, enhancing its visibility.
  • To stimulate the open scientific production.

The universities that take part in TDX disseminate the repository among their doctorate students with the aim of, once their theses be presented and approved, they hand in the information needed to introduce their theses on TDX. Since 2007 there have been carried out digitalization projects as well, in order to add those theses only preserved in original format (paper or microfiche) on TDX. Through these digitalization projects more than 1.400 theses have been converted into digital format, among them there is, for instance, the these of the first Spanish woman with a medical degree and Ph.D. TDX received in 2008 and in 2009 a grant from the Dirección General del Libro, Archivos y Bibliotecas del Ministerio de Cultura.


TDX (Tesis Doctorals en Xarxa) es un repositorio cooperativo que contiene, en formato digital, tesis doctorales leídas en las universidades de Catalunya y otras comunidades autónomas. La consulta de las tesis es de acceso libre y permite realizar búsquedas en el texto completo, por autor/a, director/a, título, palabras clave, universidad y departamento donde se haya leído, año de defensa, etc. Los objetivos de este repositorio, gestionado y coordinado por el Consorci de Serveis Universitaris de Catalunya (CSUC), y patrocinado por la Generalitat de Catalunya, son:

  • Difundir, por todo el mundo y a través de internet, los resultados de la investigación universitaria.
  • Ofrecer a los autores de las tesis una herramienta que incrementa el acceso y la visibilidad de su trabajo.
  • Favorecer la edición electrónica en abierto de la producción científica propia.

Son las propias universidades las que se encargan de difundir el repositorio entre sus estudiantes de doctorado para que, una vez presentadas y aprobadas sus tesis, entreguen la información necesaria para poderlas introducir en TDX. Desde el año 2007 se llevan a cabo también proyectos de digitalización para incorporar en el repositorio tesis de las que sólo se conserva el original en papel o en microficha. A través de estos proyectos de digitalización ha sido posible reconvertir a formato digital más de 1.400 tesis, entre las que se encuentra, por ejemplo, una tesis del año 1882 de la primera mujer de todo el Estado español licenciada y doctorada en Medicina. En 2008 y 2009 TDX recibió una ayuda de la Dirección General del Libro, Archivos y Bibliotecas del Ministerio de Cultura para llevar a cabo la digitalización de tesis.

Tez Merkezi

  • Theses completed in Turkey that are allowed to be archived by their authors in the National Thesis Center Database of the Council of Higher Education and to be made available for full text access on the internet are available for open access.

Yazarları tarafından Yükseköğretim Kurulu Ulusal Tez Merkezi Veri Tabanında arşivlenmesine ve internet üzerinden tam metin erişime açılmasına izin verilen tezler açık erişime sunulmaktadır.

WorldCat: OAIster

OAIster is a union catalog of millions of records that represent open access resources. This catalog was built through harvesting from open access collections worldwide using the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH). Today, OAIster includes more than 50 million records that represent digital resources from more than 2,000 contributors.

Grant & Paper Writing

Nature Masterclasses

Nature Masterclasses gives researchers and students access to an online course in Scientific Writing and Publishing. 

The online course is taught by Nature Research journal editors and covers the entire scientific publishing process, from how to write a paper, through to submission and publication. 

Generic help and tips

Over the years, RajLab and collaborators have assembled/created a set of materials for improving science processes. How to write, how to give a talk, various specific things, etc. Here they are supplied very kindly for use by all (links to google document)