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More available research software

2 April 2020

More research software is available for working at home during the COVID-19 Closure. Although you cannot perform all of your research right now, you (or your students) can analyse data, or prepare new experiments using this new software.

Important notes

  • All Leiden University FSW researchers and students can use this software and licenses. You're not allowed to share this with collegues or students outside FSW. If needed they have to arrange it themselves with the several companies.
  • Only share relevant software with your FSW students.
  • Working securely and GDPR proof is particularly important in these times of crisis to ensure that cybercriminals don't take advantage of the situation. Read more about this on the security and working-from-home website.

Overview new software

  1. PhysioData Toolbox
    Physiological recordings, such as BIOPAC files, can be pre-processed at home using the free PhysioData Toolbox.
  2. E-Prime 3
    PST-net offers a free solution for researchers and students to access E-Prime 3 when they need to work remotely during COVID-19 lab closures. Please find enclosed in the appendix in the SOLO e-mail of .... the instructions SOLO has written for remote use of E-prime 3. E-Prime 2 users are asked/recommended to start programming new, or edit existing experiments in E-Prime 3.
    See attachment "E-Prime Access During COVID-19 Closure" (In the SOLO email of 27 March 2020) for installation instructions.
  3. Tobii Studio
    Tobii Pro offers a free solution for Leiden University researchers and students to access Tobii Pro when they need to work remotely during COVID-19 lab closures. The FSW can make use of 10 temporarily licenses, which you have to activate when using Tobii Studio and deactivate when you're ready for the moment, so others can use the license. Of course you can also activate your “own” license.
    See attachment "Tobii Studio Access During COVID-19 Closure" for installation instructions. (In the SOLO email of 27 March 2020).
  4. Noldus the Observer
    Noldus offers a free solution for Leiden University for researchers and students to access the Observer 15 when they need to work remotely during COVID-19 lab closures. If you are interested send an email to labsupport@fsw.leidenuniv.nl in which you mention your Leiden University email address and SOLO will arrange an account for you. Private email addresses will not be accepted.
    See attachment "the Observer Access During COVID-19 Closure" for installation instructions and go for option 1. (In the SOLO email of 27 March 2020)
  5. Biopac AcqKnowledge 5
    All researchers and students from the FSW can install Biopac AcqKnowledge  5.0.2 at home.
    See attachment "AcqKnowledge Access During COVID-19 Closure" for installation instructions. (In the SOLO email of 27 March 2020)
  6. VUDAMS 4.3
    Download and Install from http://www.vu-ams.nl/support/downloads/software/.
    All installation instructions are described on the webpage.
  7. EyeLink
    SR-Research has temporary free licenses available for the Experiment Builder and Data viewer for the EyeLink eye trackers. You can request yourself a license via
    Not available right now, and we don't know your Matlab needs right now.
    If you are interested in using MATLAB at home, please send an email to labsupport@fsw.leidenuniv.nl.
  9. BVA
    BVA can be used remotely for a fixed period of time on a Windows server with higher processing capacity. Remote server access must be requested via Topdesk
    https://helpdesk.universiteitleiden.nl/tas/public/ssp/content/detail/service?unid=4b10447d96734f69ad72fb61886d77eb (or search on ‘SURKO’). Access is granted for 4 or 8 weeks and must be approved by the faculty key user. There may be costs associated with the use of the SURKO service.
  10. SPSS
    Researchers and students can make use of SPPS via the remote portal.
    See attachment "SPSS acces from home" for instructions. (In the SOLO email of 27 March 2020)

Update on online research

SOLO is currently working with the ISSC to set up a JATOS server. The request has already been approved, and they're now discussing how to implement it. As soon as SOLO has an estimate of when it’s going to be online, we’ll send you more information.

We are also currently working on a support policy for this new platform, and the intent is to make the JATOS server available to all Psychology and Education and Child Studies researchers. Once set up, JATOS will be able to run OpenSesame experiments, although not all features are supported (see https://osdoc.cogsci.nl/3.2/manual/osweb/).

If you have more questions about OpenSesame or JATOS, please keep sending them.


More online platforms

You can also make use of the following online platforms. Note that those are not supported by SOLO and you have to take care of the GDPR when collecting online

  • Gorilla: Costs about 1 euro per participant;
  • Pavlovia: Costs 0.20 euro per participant;
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