Research Data Services

Your Research Has a Story; We Will Help You Tell It

Your Research Has a Story

We Will Help You Tell It

Research Data Services understands that a research project is always a process that requires different skills at different steps. We provide a range of services and programs, host events and workshops, and partner with faculty and students in collaborative projects to help you find, evaluate, understand, steward and use data.


Find Data

  • Research data guides: browse curated guides for data research.
  • GeoData@Columbia: view the portal for previewing, discovering and downloading geospatial data.
  • Ask Us: get in touch to learn if we have relevant data or can help you find it.

Work with Data

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  • Technical help: meet with a librarian to discuss Python, R, Stata, SPSS, GIS, and JavaScript.
  • Research Data Management: consult with a librarian to discuss your research data and project, including your data management plan.
  • Text Mining guide: learn about opportunities for text and data mining research.
  • Web projects: develop an online presence for your research project and data.
  • Columbia Research Data: familiarize yourself with research data policies and options beyond the Libraries.

Join Data Club

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  • Data Club: work with data and sharpen your skills in data analysis, management, and other aspects of the data life cycle.
  • Open to beginners and experts: experiment with new libraries or techniques, usually in Python or R.
  • Learn more and join our mailing list from the club's page.

Visit Studio

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  • Studio is a unique space committed to supporting emerging practices in pedagogy and digital scholarship.
  • Every Friday, at 3pm in Butler 208B, we have either an informal workshop-type hacking event or an unstructured open lab.
  • Learn more on the Studio page, add our Google calendar, or join our mailing list.

Partner With Us

Below you can get a sampling of some of our current partnerships.


Frontline Nurses: Leaders in Pandemic Response seeks to document the role of frontline nurses in pandemic disease outbreaks, to recognize nurses and midwives for their critical contribution to public health during emergencies, and to advocate for nurses’ expertise in health care policymaking and improved health outcomes.


There are around 90,000+ missing persons in Mexico. Predominantly women-led, self-sustaining “colectivos” of “buscadoras” (searchers) have organized themselves to find their loved ones. Supported by a Magic Grant from Columbia's Brown Institute, The Buscadoras Documentation Project responds to this movement with a bilingual, online toolkit to serve as a repository and portal that offers a productive and practical space for socializing information, inter-communication, critical analysis, and collective memory construction.


The COVID Information Commons (CIC) is an open website to facilitate knowledge sharing and collaboration across various COVID research efforts, initiated by the NSF Convergence Accelerator. The initial focus of the CIC website is on NSF-funded COVID Rapid Response Research (RAPID) projects. The CIC serves as a resource for researchers, students and decision-makers from academia, government, not-for-profits and industry to identify collaboration opportunities, to leverage each other's research findings, and to accelerate the most promising research to mitigate the broad societal impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.