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Research Data Services

Research Computing Services provides a range of data science, programming, and visualization 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.

Already know what you need? Request a consultation or join us for Drop-in Hours.

Consultations

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

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.

Consultation Request Examples

Do you find yourself asking questions such as:

We can help with these questions and more. Not sure what help you need?  Does your need fall outside the topics listed above?  We can help you define the problem and find the right resources.  

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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.

Data Drop-in Hours

Drop-in hours are available Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons, 2-4pm, in the Mudd Library Geospatial and Data Visualization Lab.  Stop by to talk to a data science consultant or GIS specialist. No need to request a consultation ahead of time.

Fall drop-in hours run from October 1, 2019 to December 11, 2019.  No drop-in hours will be held the week of Thanksgiving.  This service is provided in cooperation with Northwestern Libraries. 

Schedule a Consultation

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 meeting. 

Request a Consultation

Research Project Support

Research Computing Services staff may also be available to support longer-term projects for faculty where specialized data analysis, 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.

Past Examples of Our Work

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

Learn More

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.  Our Summer Data Science and Programming Workshop series in particular is geared toward teaching the data analysis, visualization, and programming skills that we often help researchers with. 

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: 13 September 2019

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