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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.


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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.  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; 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.

Get help through a scheduled appointment/email or via our drop-in hours.

Data Drop-in Hours

In-person drop-in hours are available Tuesdays, October 5th through November 16th, 1-2pm in the Main Library, Project Room B on the first floor.  Bring your data analysis, data visualization, programming, and GIS questions - no appointment necessary.   

Schedule a Consultation

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 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:

Three groups are available for Fall 2021. Groups meet the week of October 4, 2021 through the week of November 15, 2021.

BYOD is open to all Northwestern students, postdocs, staff, and faculty working on research projects.

To join a group, complete this form. You will need to provide a short summary of the data project you plan to work on. Deadline for Fall 2021 is September 22, 2021. Spots are limited, and we may not be able to accommodate everyone who is interested.


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.

Examples of Our Past 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, 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: 25 October 2021

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