Research software site licenses

In order to increase the Digital Research capacity in the University we are providing easier and more cost-effective access to applications that otherwise tend to miss out because they are not "administrative" or suitable for the SOE.

Please submit a request through the Ask Services portal if you would like access to any of the following site/lab licences

ArcGIS software

ArcGIS is a suite consisting of a group of geographic information system (GIS) software products produced by Esri.

Use this software to create, manage and share geographic data, maps and analytical models.

Training - Free training is available through the ArcGIS website

Support - For software support please go to the ArcGIS website

Chem Office Professional

ChemOffice Professional is an integrated suite of scientifically intelligent productivity tools that enables researchers to capture, store, retrieve and a share data and information on compounds, reactions, materials and their properties.

Dragon - this is not a site license but is available through an AskICT request

Dragon is the most accurate, sophisticated and powerful speech recognition program in the world. Dragon uses all the resources on your computer to generate the text almost as quickly as you can speak. Simply speak into a microphone and the words will appear on your PC.requirements.

For training and more info visit the Dragon website.


EndNote moves you through the research process as you search, organize, write, publish and share.

Training - visit the EndNote website for training videos and resources.


Gaussian predicts the energies, molecular structures, and vibrational frequencies of molecular systems, along with numerous molecular properties derived from these basic computation types.

Technical support - please refer to the Gaussian website

HPC Software

With the move to Intersect HPC services the list of available applications is currently being updated. Please contact ICT to find out more.


LabVIEW is a graphical programming environment used by millions of engineers and scientists to develop sophisticated measurement, test, and control systems using intuitive graphical icons and wires that resemble a flowchart. It offers unrivalled integration with thousands of hardware devices and provides hundreds of built-in libraries for advanced analysis and data visualisation – all for creating virtual instrumentation.

Training - For a list of available courses please refer to the National Instruments training webpage

Technical support - For a list of support resources please refer to the following page on the LabVIEW website


Leximancer analyses text documents to identify the high level concepts, delivering the key ideas and actionable insights you need with interactive visualisations and data exports.

La Trobe has a University-wide license, so please request access though the ASK Services Portal.

Training - for user manuals, tutorials and answers to FAQ please visit the Leximancer website.


Matlab is an interactive system for matrix-based computation designed for scientific and engineering use. It is good for many forms of numeric computation and visualization. Besides dealing with explicit matrices in linear algebra, it can handle differential equations, polynomials, signal processing, and other applications. Results can be made available both numerically and as excellent graphics.

Which disciplines would use Matlab?
Engineering, Economics, Computational Biology, Geosciences, Physics - anyone who works with numbers!

The La Trobe license provides access to the following applications:

Bioinformatics Toolbox
Control System Toolbox
Curve Fitting Toolbox
Data Acquisition Toolbox
DSP System Toolbox
Image Processing Toolbox
Instrument Control Toolbox
Optimization Toolbox
Parallel Computing Toolbox
Signal Processing Toolbox
Statistics and Machine Learning Toolbox
Symbolic Math Toolbox
Statistics and Machine Learning Toolbox
Symbolic Math Toolbox
Communications System Toolbox
Computer Vision System Toolbox
Datafeed Toolbox
Econometrics Toolbox
Embedded Coder
Financial Instruments Toolbox
Financial Toolbox
Fixed-Point Designer
Fuzzy Logic Toolbox
Global Optimisation Toolbox
HDl Coder
Image Acquisition Toolbox
Mapping Toolbox
MATLAB Compiler
Neural Network Toolbox
Phased Array System Toolbox
RF Toolbox
Robust Control Toolbox
Simulink Control Design
Simulink 3D Animation
Simulink Coder
Simulink Design Optimization
Simulink Real-Time
System Identification Toolbox
Trading Toolbox
Wavelet Toolbox

Where can I install the site licence?
The software can be  installed on any computer on the La Trobe Campus.
Staff and Students are also licensed to use Matlab on personal computers.
Commercial usage of MathWorks products is not permitted by this site license.

View the instructions on how to install Matlab [staff only].


Technical support - please refer to the support resources listed on the MathWorks website.

Minitab Statistical - this is not a site license but is available through an AskICT request

Minitab's user-friendly interface makes it easy to learn statistics and how to analyze data.

NBO Source Program

NBO Source program interfaces with the GAUSSIAN, GAMESS and MOPAC programs and will be used by researchers in Biochemistry to analyse spectral data from chemical reactions to provide data on chemical bonds.

Training & support - for user manuals, tutorials and answers to FAQ please visit the NBO website.


If you want to get an edge by better understanding the explosion of unstructured data in the world today, you need NVivo - powerful software for qualitative data analysis. Whether you are working individually or in a team, on Windows or Mac, are new to research or have years of experience, there's an NVivo option to suit you.


Origin is a software application for data analysis and publication-quality graphing, tailored to the needs of scientists and engineers. The application offers an easy-to-use interface for beginners, and the ability for advanced users to customize analysis and graphing tasks using themes, templates, custom reports, batch processing and programming.

Training & support - for tutorials and support resources please visit the OriginLab website.

Parallelised R - Statistical package

Parallelised version of R unlike normal R, it can run many times faster on a cluster of computers. This speed up can be 10x-100x normal, depending on the problem and hardware. If you wish to understand how this R differs from normal R (very little thankfully) please check out the manuals on the website.

Training & support - for information on webinars and support resources please visit the Revolution Analytics website.


QuantumWiseAtomistix ToolKit (ATK) is a software package that offers unique capabilities for simulating nanostructures on the atomic scale.

For manuals and support resources please visit the QuantumWise website


SBGrid from Harvard University is a major set of tools kept up to date suitable for researchers in genomics, bioinformatics and so on. It is licensed on a laboratory basis, so talk to us if you think there is a need for it.

For help with using the software please visit the SBGrid website.


SPSS is a widely used program for statistical analysis in social science. It is also used by market researchers, health researchers, survey companies, government, education researchers, marketing organizations, data miners and others.

Stata - this is not a site license but is available through an AskICT request

Stata provides everything you need for statistics, graphics, and data management.

Training - visit the Stata website for useful videos and online training resources.

View the Computer software webpage [staff only] for more information on site licensed software available through ICT.

Suggestions for other applications

We are always on the lookout for applications that may be quite common individually and thus ripe for turning into a site license, saving the University some money and making it easier to use the application. If you have any suggestions for site license software (i.e across more than one discipline) please email us.