Guidelines for Research Data Services Consultations

Data Preparation

  • work with the documentation and codebooks to explain how the data is organized;
  • copy files from one computer system or storage medium to another;
  • extract subsets from large files;
  • merge data;
  • convert data among the standard formats used when working with data.

Work with Data

  • give pointers to appropriate techniques using examples, and a library of sample programs;
  • explain program language syntax;
  • advice on data manipulation techniques;
  • provide assistance in understanding and solving coding errors.


  • support learning statistical software (Stata, R, SPSS, et al.) and GIS software (ArcGIS, QGIS) by having manuals available and using computer-based training aids (also see Software & Tools for suggested training resources and level of support);
  • give introductions to finding and using data either in the library or in class;
  • prepare online user documentation and training aids.

Types of assistance not covered by our services

  • Statistical tutoring, for this type of help, please contact the ISERP Statistical Consulting services.
  • Assistance with projects commercial in nature or involving classified information, non-disclosure agreements, related to or likely to be involved in litigation, etc.