In compliance with Duke's Coronavirus policies, The Brandaleone Lab for Data and Visualization Sciences will remain closed for the fall semester. During this period, staff can recommend a wide range of data and visualization software to help with your analytics needs while our physical lab is closed. If you would like additional information or assistance, email us at and we'll be happy to help.

Popular Data and Visualization Software


Online access to Bloomberg is now available for current members of the Duke community. Please choose from one of the following options:

  • Bloomberg Market Concepts (BMC) training modules: current Duke students can use their Duke email address to register at the Bloomberg for Education portal and work through the BMC modules on the web. Contact if you run into problems.
  • Bloomberg Professional -  Online access for researchers with active Bloomberg accounts is available. Please email for futher details.
  • Mediated Access: If you have well defined parameters for a data extraction (specific series or tickers, Bloomberg functions, specific date range), you can contact to ask about staff performing a search on your behalf and providing you with data.


CDVS's 12 licensed copies of Stata 16 SE are available by request. Please contact for account details and then read our guide or watch a short video demonstration for step-by-step instructions.


Students can request a free year-long (renewable) Tableau Desktop license through Tableau for Students. Faculty and staff, if they are doing non-profit research (not Duke administrative work) or teaching, can request a free license through Tableau for Teaching. Everyone else, if you can't afford a standard Tableau license (not available through OIT), will need to use Tableau Public, which is free and fully-functional, but only allows you to save your work to the Tableau Public server.

Other Sources of Data Software

Duke-Licensed Data and Visualization Software

Duke students, faculty, and staff can download university-licensed software for use on their own computers. If you have questions about accessing and installing software, please email the site-license office at

Virtual Computing

Virtual Computing Manager (VCM) is a service providing the Duke community with easy access to virtual software packages and virtual machine (VM) reservations. There are basic operating system VMs as well as VMs with common applications pre-installed. For more details, explore the help page or contact the OIT Service Desk for assistance.