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Guide to the equipment and services associated with the I&RC's DataSpace.

Who are our consultants?

Our staff are graduate students with expertise in the tools and techniques used for data-intensive research.  While they have backgrounds in a variety of subject areas, they share a commitment to helping others learn how to process data more efficiently and work through problems that arise along the way.

Sample Questions

Our consultants can assist with many types of data-related questions. A sample can be found below.

  • I have a class assignment in R but don't have much background using it. Can you help?
  • I need to get started with R, but I don't know much about it. Where do I get it? How do I install it?
  • I'm trying to work in a virtual machine, but it isn't running well. Can you help?
  • I have an incredibly messy data set, and I need to clean it up for analysis. Is there a Python script that can do this for me? Or should I write my own, and how do I do that?
  • I'm not sure of the best way to build this model. I have a choice of two or three different tools. Which one should I use and why?
  • I made a graph for a publication, but I was told I need to provide the code that generated it. Could this graph be recreated using code that I can share or publish?
  • I have data in this program or system, and I need to get it into this other program or system. How should I do it?
  • I need to create a map with this data in ArcGIS. How does that work?

These questions are based on a few common problems, but they cover only a small selection of possible topics.

Note: If you have questions about data management plans, data policy, storage, or archiving/publishing your data, contact the Research Data Management Librarian.


The consultation Zoom room is staffed during the posted hours. University-recognized holidays may affect these hours. Users who click the link will be placed in a waiting room until they are admitted to the meeting by the host. The consultations are first-come, first-serve. To protect confidentiality, only one user at a time will be admitted to the meeting. Users who arrive while someone else is being helped can remain in the waiting room until it is their turn. Consultants will acknowledge your arrival in the waiting room via chat and may be able to estimate your wait time.