DataScience Workbook / 03. Setting Up Computing Machine / 2. Must-Have Software


In this section, we will explore the must-have software for modern scientists. With so many options available, it is not easy to determine which tools are professional for conducting research. From equipment for the easy office, to data analysis & visualization and project management, digital utilities in your computer are sure to be valuable assets to any researcher. Whether you’re a bioinformatician, chemist, physicist, biologist, or engineer, these programs will help you to efficiently and effectively do your work. Thus, we will discuss applications of some essential software that every modern scientist should have in their toolbox.

Why should you incorporate a basic tool suite into your daily work?

The use of digital software and applications in scientific research has become increasingly prevalent in recent years. These tools offer a wide range of benefits to researchers, including efficiency, data management, collaboration, and data visualization. The following list highlights some of the key advantages of using digital software and applications in various scientific tasks.

  • Efficiency | Reproducibility | Time-saving | Loss protection
    automate repetitive tasks and streamline processes, allowing researchers to work more efficiently and effectively

  • Office Management
    provide features for creating and editing documents, spreadsheets, and presentations, which can be useful for creating reports, proposals, and other written materials

  • Project Management
    help scientists to organize and track the progress of their research projects

  • Data Management
    provide features for organizing, storing, and analyzing data, making it easier to keep track of experiments and results

  • Data Visualization
    provide advanced data visualization capabilities, which can help researchers to quickly identify patterns and trends in their data

  • Programming
    provide development environment for custom data processing, analysis, and interpretation

  • Collaboration
    some built-in collaboration features include sharing documents, editing and real-time communication, that make it easier for scientists to work together on projects

  • Remote Access
    tools can often be accessed remotely, making it possible for scientists to work from anywhere, at any time


Explore the featured software groups in the Further Reading section.

Further Reading

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