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Core Data Services Details

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The Data Services team provides support to Washington University users across campuses, schools, and disciplines. This page describes our core data services in detail.

What We Offer

We offer help desk support, research guides, resources, workshops, and 1:1 consultations for all core services listed.

Visit our Data Services Spaces and Tools page for more details about the related tools mentioned below or see our Tiers of Service if you are interested in special or recharge projects.

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Supporting Research

The Data Services team at the Washington University Libraries supports research in multiple disciplinary fields. Data Services offers consultations, talks, demonstrations, and hands-on workshops in relevant tools. Want to know more about what Data Services offers for your discipline? Select one of the following links (PDFs) to learn more.

Request Assistance

The Data Services team aims to support Washington University users. The team offers a regular schedule of workshops and help desk availability. Here, users may also request a personal or customized workshop, schedule an appointment with a Data Services team member, or otherwise get help sharing data.

Data is shared and archived for a variety of reasons. The value curation adds to our University community is incalculable, as are the benefits of curation to the longevity, accessibility, and availability of said shared information.

Data Services is here to support the Washington University community with data needs. Please reach out to Data Services to get help sharing data (email).

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

Data Services at University Libraries offers several 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 core services options below, please contact us to discuss developing a customized workshop.

Data Management, Sharing & Curation

  • 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 Exploration & Visualization

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

Data Sourcing

  • 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

We ask those interested in an appointment with our Data Services Team to complete a short questionnaire. Your responses will allow the Data Services team to better assist you and understand your needs and the needs of the campus community.

Please complete the following questionnaire to Request an Appointment with Data Services.


Data Sourcing

Finding, evaluating, and understanding the application of data and documentation.

Related Research Guide: About Data Sourcing

We can help you:

  • Suggest quality sources
  • Evaluate data documentation and quality
  • Understand data and documentation
  • Make evidence-based arguments

Research Data Management, Sharing & Curation

Making data generated throughout the research lifecycle research projects FAIRly available to a wide audience.

Related Research Guides: Managing Your Data; Digital Research Data Sharing at WashU

We can help you:

  • Review your data for findability, accessibility, interoperability, and reusability (FAIRness)
  • Write a Data Management Plan (DMP)
  • Implement best practices for file organization and documentation
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Data Exploration & Visualization

Using tools to prepare data, understand patterns and trends in the data, and effectively communicate data stories.

Related Research Guides: Interrogate Your Data: Data AnalysisData Storytelling – 2D Data Visualization

We can help you:

  • Wrangle data
  • Select analysis tools
  • Develop a processing workflow
  • Develop a data model
  • Choose an appropriate visualization type
  • Identify tools for visualization


Creating and capturing information in three dimensions and using augmented and virtual reality to explore data in 3D.

We can help you:

  • Capture 3D data through scanning and photogrammetry
  • Develop 3D environments
  • Visualize 3D environments in headsets
  • Consult on 3D best practices for preservation
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Digital Humanities

Using digital tools and computational methods to support research and teaching in the humanities.

Related Research Guide: Text and Data Mining

We can help you:

  • Learn and use text mining tools and methods
  • Prepare text for analysis using OCR or handwritten text recognition tools
  • Create digital collections and exhibits of cultural heritage materials
  • Prepare unstructured research materials for use in digital tools, data analysis, or network analysis
  • Choose digital tools to enhance humanist inquiry and share research

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Leveraging geographic information systems and location data to explore interdisciplinary problems.

Related Research Guide: Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

We can help you:

  • Develop geospatial project workflows
  • Find geospatial data sources
  • Learn to use GIS tools
  • Perform geospatial analyses and interpret the results
  • Develop good practices for geospatial data management

Contact Us

Questions or concerns over sharing your data? Reach out to the Data Services Team at any time.

Have you attended an appointment or a Data Services workshop? Please complete our Data Services Feedback Form.