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Software obtained through Academic Information Systems

Software obtained through University Departments

Essential Functions

  • Work with faculty to determine the greatest needs for both widely used and highly specialized software in the sciences, and assist with acquisition and licensing to enable broad use and maximize the impact on research
  • Provide ongoing consultation with faculty to identify desired capabilities for future research software and research services to identify the most applicable and cost effective software packages to meet these specifications
  • Serve as a source of institutional memory for scientific software expertise, needs, and acquisition
  • Avoid unnecessary/expensive replication and ensure optimal use of research software

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Information on Software Obtained through Academic Information Systems

Citrix GoToMeeting

The UT Southwestern Research Software Core has negotiated the ability to purchase discounted year-long named GoTo Meeting Pro licenses.

The UTSW price for faculty and staff is discounted from the retail price roughly to 75 percent, a 25 percent savings

The GoToMeeting Pro license includes:

  • High-definition video conferencing both inside and outside the UT Southwestern firewall
  • Up to 25 participants per meeting (an additional 100 participants license may be purchased)
  • Desktop sharing and control including whiteboard functionality
  • Text chat for questions during meetings and presentations
  • Support for Mobile Apps on iPhone, iPad, and Android
  • The ability to host ad-hoc meetings and schedule future meetings as needed

For answers to compatibility questions, visit GoToMeeting System Requirements.

For availability and pricing details, please email Thomas Spencer.

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DNAStar Lasergene

Lasergene is a comprehensive DNA and protein sequence analysis software suite comprised of seven applications which include functions ranging from sequence assembly and SNP detection, to automated virtual cloning and primer design. Lasergene is available in three different configurations, each designed with different researchers in mind.

"Shared seat" is available for $695 and a "reserved seat" for $2,100. For availability and pricing details, please email Thomas Spencer.

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Invitrogen Vector NTI

Vector NTI Advance® offers unparalleled, multimodular, integrated sequence analysis and data management tools. The software contains a comprehensive set of data analysis and management tools, implemented across five application modules.

A static license is available at $695. For availability and pricing details, please email Thomas Spencer.

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Please visit the LabArchives page for additional information.

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Mathworks MATLAB

MATLAB® is a high-level, technical computing language and interactive environment for algorithm development, data visualization, data analysis, and numeric computation. Using the MATLAB product, you can solve technical computing problems faster than with traditional programming languages such as C, C++, and Fortran.

MATLAB: The Research Software Core's license is available for any UT Southwestern Medical Center-affiliated client at no charge on UT Southwestern Library computers numbered:

  • E2.18 and E2.14 in the South Campus Library.
  • ND2.4 in the North Campus Branch Library.
    (There is a software logo label on the computer station designating MATLAB)

To access the Research Software Core's license, a co-pay of $650 is required from principal investigators. 

Computing fees allow access to the license at no charge for students and postdoctoral scholars registered in the graduate school.

For availability and pricing details, please email Thomas Spencer.

To download MATLAB, please visit the MATLAB instructions page (internal only).

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PyMol is a molecular visualization software tool that is built on an open source foundation, maintained and distributed by Schrödinger.

UT Southwestern users acquisition, installation, and usage support is provided by visiting the PyMol website.

For download problems, please open an incident with the IR Service Desk by emailing the IR Service Desk.

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REDCap Data Manager

REDCap Survey is a powerful tool for building and managing online surveys. You can create and design surveys in your web browser, collect responses from survey participants, and export your survey results to Microsoft Excel or a variety of statistical analysis packages (SPSS, SAS, R, Stata).

For availability and product details, please email Thomas Spencer.

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To purchase a SnapGene single machine user license, send the following information to Thomas Spencer.

  • Sub ledger to which the user license will be charged.
  • Full name of person who will be the owner of the user license.
  • Email address of the person who will be the owner of the user license. (Must be an email address owned by an actual person; no group, machine, or lab resource mailbox addresses allowed)

Information and training videos are available at the SnapGene Tutorial Videos web page.

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Wolfram Mathematica

Wolfram Mathematica provides an integrated environment that allows for technical computing for R&D and education providing data analysis, visualization, and statistical data analysis.

For availability and product details, please email Thomas Spencer.

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Information on Software Obtained through University Departments

Adobe Creative Cloud

Adobe® Creative Cloud® is tightly integrated professional software for delivering distinctive print design in marketing collateral, magazines, research, image processing, books, packaging, and more.

Adobe is no longer available at UT Southwestern University Stores.

Discount copies of Adobe are available for UTSW faculty, staff, and students from SHI Government Solutions. For availability and product details, please email Daniel Martin with the Purchasing Office.

SHI Government Solutions is our contact vendor for Adobe software license questions and educational quote pricing. Contact SHI GS: 

or, phone: 800-870-6079

Once you have received a price quote from them, a special REQ is then submitted in PeopleSoft to have an order placed. Attach the price quote in Line Comments, along with email address of license key recipient.

The end user will receive via email in 3-4 days a license key and instructions to download software from Adobe.

Ordering a software media CD is not necessary, but recommended, as it makes for an easier download of software, can be used for multiple licenses, and serves as a software backup.

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SAS Analytics

SAS Analytics provides an integrated environment for predictive and descriptive modeling, data mining, text analytics, forecasting, optimization, simulation, experimental design, and more. From dynamic visualization to predictive modeling, model deployment and process optimization, SAS provides a range of techniques and processes for the collection, classification, analysis and interpretation of data to reveal patterns, anomalies, key variables, and relationships, leading ultimately to new insights and better answers faster.

SAS is available at no charge on Library computers numbered:

      • E2.19 and E2.20 in the South Campus Library.
      • ND2.8 in the North Campus Branch Library
        (There is a software logo label on the computer station designating SAS.)

User licenses may be purchased through the UT Systems TXShop. A purchasing EID account is required. Find EID account registration information among the Frequently Asked Questions at the TXShop webpage. However, first check with your department administrator, who may already have an EID account registration. 

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SPSS Statistics

SPSS Statistics is a comprehensive, easy-to-use set of data and predictive analytics tools for business users, researchers, analysts, and statistical programmers.

SPSS is available at no charge on computer numbered E2.16 and E2.17 in the South Campus Library and ND2.10 in the North Campus Library; there is an SPSS logo on the computer. 

An annual license is available to all UT System faculty, students, postdocs, staff, and departments for $270 from UT Austin. A Buy Card is the preferred method of purchase from UT Austin. Support for the SPSS license can be obtained through the UT Austin ITS Help Desk (512-475-9400).

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