DREAM Lab software applications and workstations

Many of our software applications have been made available on Azure Labs cloud workstations.  Azure Labs cloud workstations come with administrative privileges to install personal and open source/free software in addition to the pre-installed software.Those that are marked 'only in DREAM Lab' are only in available in the physical lab. Please email us at dreamlab@library.ucsb.edu with any questions.

This list last updated March 2021. 
Software versions last updated Fall 2022.

Hardware:

Our 10 DREAM Lab workstations are outfitted as follows:

  • 2x Intel® Xeon processors (2.4GHz, 24 total cores)
  • 128GB DDR4 RAM
  • 1TB Solid State Drive
  • 32" 4K displays (3840x2160) on 9 workstations

Software:

Specialized software available in the physical DREAM Lab lab (2nd Floor, Mountainside, UCSB Library) includes the following packages:

Graphics

 

 

Remote Access (see Azure virtual machines)

Adobe Creative Cloud

2021

Illustrator, PhotoShop, etc.

Limited to staff/faculty. Information on Personal edu licenses.

Agisoft Metashape

1.7.3

3d modelling. Create 3d model from photographs

not available remotely, only in DREAM Lab

Blender

2.79.2

3d modelling. Game design. Environment modeling

Free, open source at Blender download

Unity

2019.2.6.f1

3d modelling and virtual reality game and environment design. *in the process of renewing licenses, not currently available onsite

not available remotely, only in DREAM Lab

 

 

     

GeoSpatial

 

 

 

ArcGIS Desktop Advanced

10.8.1

geographic/spatial analysis and mapping Available to all UCSB Affiliates at 

ArcGIS Desktop and Pro

ArcGIS Pro

2.7

geographic/spatial analysis and mapping

Available to all UCSB Affiliates at 

ArcGIS Desktop and Pro

QGIS

3.20

geographic/spatial analysis and mapping

Free, open source at QGIS download

Google Earth Pro

7.3.2

geographic visualization

Free, open source at Google Earth

 

 

     

Qualitative Analysis

 

 

 

MAXQDA

2020

qualitative data analysis

please request remote access by emailing collaboratory@library.ucsb.edu

or educational licensing/pricing available at MAXQDA Student License

NVivo

1

qualitative data organization and analysis. Twitter harvest

Limited number available to UCSB Affiliates

 

 

 

 

Financial Data

 

 

 

Datastream for Eikon

4

historical financial data (Excel add-in)

please request remote access by emailing collaboratory@library.ucsb.edu

Eikon

4.0.45

historical financial data

please request remote access by emailing collaboratory@library.ucsb.edu

 

 

 

 

Utilities

 

 

 

StatTransfer

15.

Data conversion utility

Student pricing available at Student StatTransfer

Git (Bash)

2.32

version control

Free, open source at Git Download

JQ

1.5

parse JSON data from command-line

Free, github: https://stedolan.github.io/jq/

PuTTY

0.71

SSH client

Free, open source: https://www.putty.org/

OpenRefine

3.4.1

data cleaning and transformation

Free, open source: https://openrefine.org/

       

Quantitative Analysis

 

/ Programming

 

Python (64-bit)

3.7

*2.7 is no longer available, we are in the midst of updating to Python 3

Free, open source at Python Downloads

Python w/Anaconda Package Manager

3.1.1 (Python v.3.7.14)

*Our current version is for Python 3.7 

Free, open source at Anaconda Distribution

Twarc

1.3.8

python application to harvest twitter streams

Free, open source, github:https://github.com/DocNow/twarc

R / Rstudio

1.4.17

statistical programming environment

Free, open source at Rstudio Products 

SPSS

28

statistcal data analysis

Available to all UCSB Affiliates at UCSB - SPSS License Request

Matlab

R2019b

statistical programming environment

UCSB Affiliates only. Student licenses at Mathworks

STATA

17.0

statistical programming environment

Student pricing available at Stata short-term and student licensing

SAS

9.4

statistical programming environment

Reduced pricing and free versions available at SAS Academic Programs

Mathematica

11.3.0.0

technical computing

Available to all UCSB Affiliates at: Mathematica Student License Information

EViews

12.0.0.0

econometric analysis

Reduced student pricing available at: Eviews 11 University Edition

*Version numbers may change incrementally during the quarter, but we generally try to avoid doing major upgrades.

 

The DREAM team is interested in supporting current research and teaching throughout campus. Suggestions for additional software are welcome from UCSB affiliates. 

Oversize Displays

The DREAM Lab has three 85" 4K (3840x2160) displays and one projector. Researchers working from DREAM Lab workstations can project their work onto any of these displays. Devices can also be wirelessly connected to the monitors using the Clickshare. See DREAM Lab staff for assistance with showing work on these displays.