First of all, I use Scapple as a tool to organise my thoughts, brainstorm, and plan my work (background on the figure above).
Most of the data I work with comes from structured surveys. The original raw data is usually entered and cleaned in Excel - primarily because virtually everybody knows how to work with Excel. Once the data is cleaned and ready to be analysed, I export them to
.csv format. If the data is also going to be deposited in public data archives
.csv is one of the most commonly accepted formats. I then import the data into R for analysis and visualisation. I use RStudio as the main work environment, for data organising and manipulation (using packages like
reshape2), for analysis and visualisation (packages like
ggplot2 - also see my other post about my favourite visualisation packages), and also for initial drafts of my reports/papers (using