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Research Data Services

Research Computing Services provides a range of services to help you work with research data more effectively and efficiently:

We combine specialized technical skills with research experience to enable your innovative research.


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Data Consultations

Consultants are available to help Northwestern researchers of all levels (faculty, postdocs, graduate students, undergraduate students, staff) from all schools and fields with a wide range of data challenges.  For example:

Consultations provide no-cost, short-term support to answer questions, help you get started, direct you to the right resources, or tackle small tasks.  For larger projects, see Research Project Support services below.

Note that while we assist researchers with statistical programs and languages, assistance with or advice on choosing, evaluating, and interpreting statistical models or tests is limited; we are not a statistical consulting service, and such requests are often outside the expertise of our consultants.  The Biostatistics Collaboration Center is an excellent resource for researchers affiliated with the Feinberg School of Medicine.  Other researchers may request a consult for statistics questions; we will evaluate our ability to help on a request by request basis.

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Consultation services are provided to students, postdocs, faculty, and staff to support research only. There is no cost for this service.  Assistance with coursework or commercial endeavors is not available.

Ready to get started?  After you tell us a little about what you need help with, we'll follow-up by email to get more details or schedule a video/phone call.

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Bring Your Own Data (BYOD) Working Groups

Do you have research data waiting to be collected, cleaned, analyzed, or visualized? BYOD Working Groups provide structure, guidance, and accountability to help you make progress on data or programming components of your research project.  Groups are formed quarterly.

The program includes:

Groups of 4-7 researchers (graduate students, postdocs, research staff, faculty) meet weekly with a Research Computing Services staff member to discuss what they plan to accomplish on their research project, what progress they made in the last week, any issues that have come up or that they are looking for help with, and other challenges that arise in the process of doing research.

For Fall 2022, there are two groups organized by the broad area of the research project:

Sign-up to participate in one of these groups by September 21, 2022.  All meetings are held via Zoom.  You should be available each week.  If you have a one-time question, or your schedule does not match with the days and times the groups are meeting, please request a consultation instead. 

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Research Project Support

Research Computing Services staff may also be available to support longer-term projects for faculty, research groups, or centers where specialized data science, visualization, or software development skills could enhance a project or are required for its success.  Longer engagements often require funding to support, but there's never a cost for initial consultations and planning conversations.  It helps us to hear about projects where such skills are required, even if funding is not available.  We can support unfunded projects depending on our availability, and we can help you apply for funding to support your project.  Learning more about your research allows us to plan future services that will best serve the needs of the research community.

Examples of Our Past Work

Support is not limited to these examples.  We are always excited to be challenged with new projects!

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Interested in talking about support for a longer project?  Request a consultation and let us know you'd like to talk about support for a research project.


Workshops and Training

Helping you learn new skills is a big part of what we do!  We offer workshops throughout the year, as well as online resources.  We also partner with university organizations, groups, and departments to offer customized workshops or training for researchers.  Looking to organize an event?  Contact us to find out more.


Last Updated: 6 September 2022

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