Core Data Services Details

What We Offer

See below for additional details. For all services listed, we offer help desk support, research guides, resources, and standard workshops.

Customized offerings include tailored workshops, workflow development and review, and 1:1 consultations.

Visit our Data Services Spaces and Tools page for more details about the related tools mentioned below.


Data Literacy

Finding, evaluating, using, and arguing with data.

  • Providing guidance on data sources
  • Navigating tools for understanding data
  • Offering expertise in data evaluation
  • Outlining best practices for making an argument with data

Research Guide: About Data Literacy
Related Workshops: Finding, Evaluating & Understanding Data


Research Data Management

Organization and storage of data throughout the research life cycle.

  • Data management planning and review
  • Storage and collaboration tools
  • Documentation
  • Workflows and tools
  • Best practices

Research Guide: Managing Your Data
Related Workshops: Data Management: Planning and Practice, Data Management with the OSF, Responsible Conduct of Research
Related Tools: R, Python, Excel, OpenRefine, SQL databases, DMPTool, Web Scraping with Python, Open Refine: Cleaning Messy data


Data Curation and Sharing

Adhere to the FAIR principles: findable, accessible, interoperable, reusable.

  • Data review, running, and transformation to open formats
  • Documentation review and enhancements
  • Providing persistent identifiers
  • Creating a metadata record to make your data findable
  • Developing an archival package
  • Utilizing the Washington University Data Repository

Research Guide: Digital Research Materials Repository
Related Workshops: Data Management: Sharing and FAIRness, Responsible Conduct of Research
Related Tools: Open Scholarship, RIS


Data Analysis

Understand the structure, relationships, and patterns within your data.

  • Guidance on appropriate tools for conducting analysis
  • Consultation on workflows
  • Guidance on collecting and preparing data to optimize analyses
  • Solutions for data modeling

Research Guide: Interrogate Your Data: Data Analysis
Related Workshops: R vs. Python, R for New Users
Related Tools: R, Python, Tableau, Nvivo, AtlasTi


Data Visualization

Bring your data to life with infographics or maps.

  • Assisting with data capture and display (2D and 3D)
  • Consult on preparing your data for visualization
  • Enhancing the impact of your findings
  • Discussing possible tools for visualization

Research Guide: Data Storytelling – 2D Data Visualization
Related Workshops: Data Viz in Tableau
Related Tools: Tableau, R, Python


Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Analyze and visualize spatial data.

  • Developing a spatial project workflow
  • Identifying and creating spatial data
  • Providing GIS instruction
  • Informing about best practices for spatial data management
  • Providing support for GIS software

Research Guide: Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Related Workshops: Introduction to GIS (ArcMap), Story Mapping, Introduction to QGIS, Spatial Data with Python, Extending the Map Series with ArcPy, Mapping in AGOL
Related Tools: ArcMap, ArcGIS Online, Story Maps, QGIS, ERDAS

Request a Data Workshop

Data Services at University Libraries offers a number of opportunities for groups, teams, departments, or labs to receive workshops in a broad array of areas. If you do not see the topic you need in the options below, please contact us to discuss developing a customized workshop.

Data Management and Sharing

  • Data Management: Planning and Practice
  • Data Management: Sharing and FAIRness
  • Web Scraping with Python
  • Open Refine: Cleaning Messy data
  • Data Management with the OSF

Data Analysis and Visualization

  • R vs. Python
  • R for New Users
  • Data Viz in Tableau

Data Literacies

  • Finding, Evaluating & Understanding Data


  • Introduction to GIS (ArcMap)
  • Story Mapping
  • Introduction to QGIS: Vector data
  • Introduction to QGIS: Raster data
  • Spatial Data with Python
  • Mapping with R
  • Mapping with Tableau
  • Extending the Map Series with ArcPy
  • Mapping in AGOL

Request A Workshop

To request a workshop, please complete and submit a Workshop Request Form. Some information to have at hand when filling out the Workshop Request Form would be:

  • Name/Department
  • Requested topic
  • Number of students (minimum 4 attendees)
  • Requested date/time
  • Specific content to be covered