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Overview of ACS-Supported Software for Fall 2008
By Patrick McLeod, Research and Statistical Support Services Consultant
In the interests of better communication of what our currently supported research software versions are for each semester, I will endeavor to begin a new tradition with this column. Every August, January and May I (or, in my absence, someone else from RSS) hope to bring you a brief snapshot of our currently supported research software and the licensing terms for said software for the upcoming Fall, Spring or Summer semester.
As a point of clarification, this article and subsequent articles chronicling our currently supported software versions reflect only the software licensed through Academic Computing Services. There are many other programs licensed through departments, colleges and schools that users may have access to according to their particular distributed area. In very limited situations we may be able to offer assistance with one of these programs, but our standing policy is that we can only guarantee assistance to users with software questions pertaining to our supported software.
And now, without further pontificating, here are our currently supported research software versions and their licensing schemes for Fall 2008:
The currently supported version of SPSS for Windows is 15. Version 16 for Windows has been out for more than a year now but due to our concerns about some basic and intermediate functionality that has been broken for that remained unpatched for long periods of time we have not made it our officially supported version. Version 17 is expected sometime this Fall and we hope that it corrects the instability of Version 16 to the degree that we can roll it out as our officially supported version in Spring 2009. SPSS 15 is available to faculty, staff and students in most general access computer labs on campus. SPSS 15 is available for qualified faculty and staff who are engaged in academic research and academic instruction to install individually on their computers. SPSS for Mac is currently supported at Version 16 and is only available for individual installation for faculty and staff who are engaged in academic research and academic instruction. SPSS 16 is available for student purchase in the Union Bookstore in both Student and Grad Pack versions.
SAS has finally released SAS 9.2, but UNT users should not expect to see it until Spring 2009. As of mid-August 2008, not all of UNT’s licensed SAS add-ons are up-to-date with SAS 9.2. At the advice of SAS, we’re waiting until all of our licensed add-ons are compatible with SAS 9.2 before moving forward with updating our SAS support from 9.1.3. For Fall 2008 SAS 9.1.3 is supported for Windows XP Professional and Windows Vista Ultimate. SAS 9.1.3 is available to faculty, staff and students in most general access computer labs on campus. SAS 9.1.3 is available at no charge for individual installation for qualified faculty and staff engaged in academic research and academic instruction. SAS 4.1 Learning Edition is available for purchase by students via e-Academy. SAS is also available on our UNIX computational research system o4.
The currently supported version of Stata is Stata 10. Our Stata license works a bit differently than our site licenses for SPSS and SAS. Faculty, staff and students have access to Stata 10 for Windows in our general access computer labs. Unlike SPSS and SAS, there are not copies of Stata 10 available for free installation to qualified faculty and staff. We have what is called a GradPlan license agreement with Stata Corp that allows for discounted purchase of Stata 10 for Windows, Linux or Mac directly from Stata Corp for qualified faculty, staff and students. You can contact me at 369-8487 or Patrick.Mcleod@unt.edu for further details about purchasing a copy of Stata.
Academic Computing Services maintains a site license for UNT for SPLUS. The current version of SPLUS is SPLUS 8. SPLUS 8 for Windows is available in most general access labs and is available to qualified faculty to install free of charge on their individual machines. A student version of SPLUS 8 is available for purchase in the Union Bookstore. We also support the open source version of SPLUS, R. I am not certain of R’s availability in the general access labs, but since it is an open source project, it is available for anyone to download and install for free. R is also available on our computational research system o4.
The structural equation modeling program LISREL 8.8 for Windows and the econometric program EViews 6 for Windows are both supported by Academic Computing Services. They are available to the UNT community in some of the general access labs or, for faculty, through contacting your network manager to set up the appropriate network file path on your office machines. Our licenses with both LISREL and EViews are for network access only on UNT’s Main Campus.
Academic Computing Services also supports the qualitative analysis software program NVivo 8 for Windows. At this time all of our existing NVivo licenses are utilized, but should faculty or staff using NVivo have questions regarding working with the software, they can contact me at 940-369-8487 or Patrick.Mcleod@unt.edu . Any faculty or staff wishing to express interest in expanding our NVivo licenses can also contact me.
The currently supported version for MATLAB is R2008a. MATLAB is available in some of the general access labs and is also available for qualified faculty and staff to check out and install on Windows, UNIX/linux and Mac operating systems. An earlier version of MATLAB is also available on our computational research system o4.
 For SPSS, “qualified faculty and staff” means that the faculty member or staff member is a 100% FTE, benefits-eligible employee. Teaching assistants and research assistants are not considered qualified staff.
 For SAS, “qualified faculty and staff” means that the faculty member or staff member is a 100% FTE, benefits-eligible employee. Teaching assistants and research assistants are not considered qualified staff. In addition, SAS deployment falls under a different license for administrative use. Contact me for further details.
 For Stata, “qualified faculty, staff and students” means anyone who has a current official relationship with UNT. A professor or a currently-enrolled graduate student would be two examples.