Data Resources for Research
The COVID-19 pandemic has presented major challenges to researchers in conducting studies and accessing resources. In order to assist faculty, students, and research staff who are in need of data to complete their studies, the Social Sciences Research Center has launched the Data Resources for Research guide. This guide provides an overview of available datasets, research tools, and computing resources. View the guide.
Digital Archival Research Guide
The unprecedented events of the COVID-19 pandemic have emerged as an opportunity to utilize new methods and sources for data collection. Digital archival research in particular is emerging as an important aspect of research during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, its overall benefits will continue to make digital archival research an attractive option in the future.
View the guide.
Research Computing Center
Dedicated to providing the University of Chicago community a full-service high-performance computing (HPC) center, including visualization resources, access to software, workshops, one-on-one consulting with domain experts, and complete data-management strategies to researchers across all departments and divisions. Begin here.
Provides faculty and students with technical support, access to University-licensed software, discounted rates for purchasing cloud storage, software, and equipment, and web hosting. See below for a list of services or visit their website.
UChicago Virtual Lab
Faculty and students at the University of Chicago may access licensed academic software from the campus network using vLab, a remote desktop computing environment. Available software includes MATLAB, ArcGIS, SPSS, R, Stata, and Mathematica. Begin here.
IT Services offers discounted rates for cloud computing through university-wide agreements with Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform. Learn more.
- Google Suite: UChicago makes G Suite for Education available to all faculty, students, and staff, including: Gmail, Docs, Drive (with unlimited storage), Calendar, and Sites. Learn more.
- UChicago Box: A cloud-based storage service that provides unlimited free, online space for storing or sharing files. Files stored on Box can be synced and accessed from desktops, mobile devices, and laptops. Log in here.
- OneDrive: File storage and sharing, desktop syncing, and mobile Microsoft apps (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, etc.).
University of Chicago Library
The University of Chicago Library serves its users from 6 locations at the heart of campus, providing users with rapid access to its collections, research and study spaces, and diverse services.
Center for Digital Scholarship: The Library is increasing the scholarly impact of the University by building robust services and technology infrastructures to support emerging modes of research, innovation, and scholarship.
- Institutional Repository
- Data Management
- Scholarly Communication
- Digital Humanities
The Survey Lab is a research center in the Biological Sciences Division. The Survey Lab provides high-quality data collection and consulting services to academic researchers, university administrators, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations. Survey lab staff can assist you with survey design, methodology, and data collection. Learn more.
Data Use Agreements
In order to access protected data, you will need to route a Data Use Agreement through University Research Administration for institutional approval. Your department’s grants administrator (see below) can assist you with this process. For more information on DUAs, visit the URA website.
Departmental Grants Administration Contacts
- Economics: Crystal Taylor-Nevils
- Institute for Mind and Biology: Anissha Warner
- All other SSD:
- NSF DDRIG only: Holley Jaffey
- Shikha Evans and Dean Clason