The Interdisciplinary Research Collaboratory supports the data-oriented needs of University of California, Santa Barbara faculty, currently enrolled students, and current employees.

Reference Services

Collaboratory staff provide assistance in locating and accessing data for research purposes. This includes data that is part of the Library’s local collection, access via Library or campus subscription, and freely available online. Collaboratory staff provide assistance with loading data into supported statistical software packages and conversion of data from one format to another. Collaboratory staff do not advise on the application of methods or interpretation of analyses.

Collaboratory staff assistance is available to users during walk-in hours, by appointment, or via email at collaboratory [at] library [dot] ucsb [dot] edu.

Collaboratory “Lab Space” Room 2322

For UCSB affiliates, the Collaboratory “Lab space,” in Room 2322 on the 2nd Floor, Mountain Side, provides a space for research consultations and access to workstations for viewing and using data resources. Researchers in the Collaboratory have access to R & R Studio, Stata/SE, SAS, SPSS, ArcGIS, ArcGIS Pro, Python, StatTransfer, NVivo, MATLAB, EViews, and Photoshop. Researchers must sign in to use this space. Access to these computers is limited to walk-in hours or by-appointment when Collaboratory staff are present.

Faculty and graduate students may request this space for trainings when the room is not open for walk-in use. Requests will be approved on a case-by-case basis by the Director of the Collaboratory at collaboratory [at] library [dot] ucsb [dot] edu. All requests must be related to Collaboratory services.

Collaboratory “Meeting Space” Room 2324

Faculty and graduate students may request this space for meetings, conference sessions, etc., from 9 am to 8pm Monday through Thursday, and 9 am to 5 pm Friday. Requests will be approved on a case-by-case basis by the Director of the Collaboratory at collaboratory [at] library [dot] ucsb [dot] edu. All requests for use must be related to Collaboratory Services. This space and the technology in it will be available for use during all walk-in hours when it is not reserved for projects related to Collaboratory services.

Data Resources

Data sets that the Library owns or has access to via membership or subscription are subject to copyright law and use restrictions specified in their licenses.

Data that is not freely available may be accessible in the following locations:

  • Physical CDs, DVDs, and external hard drives can be checked out from the UCSB Library Services Desk and used in the Library, either in the Collaboratory, MIL, or on a personal laptop.
  • Online resources are available via IP access, and can be used off-campus by logging in to the proxy server.
  • Mounted on library servers with dedicated terminal access in the Lab.
  • Locally hosted, password-protected data.

Related Policies

All usage of the workstations and technology in the Collaboratory is subject to the UCSB Library’s Computer Use Policy, the UCSB Library Building Use Policy, and all relevant UCSB and UC-wide Computing Policies.

Violations of this policy may lead to loss of Collaboratory privileges.