The Interdisciplinary Research Collaboratory is UCSB's home for data-centric research support. The Collaboratory team offers expert guidance on access to the Library's data collections, and supports software tools to analyze and visualize quantitative, qualitative, and spatial data. We also collaborate with faculty, staff, and students to use these collections and tools for teaching and research.

Located in the newly constructed section of the Library, the Collaboratory is a prime location on campus for scholars to work across disciplinary boundaries on data-intensive research projects.

Come visit us on the 2nd floor, Mountain Side, of the UCSB Library, rooms 2322 and 2324.

Collections and Services

Collaboratory staff help UCSB faculty, students, and employees access the Library's data sets; find and evaluate open access data sources; use software and other research tools; and engage in cross-disciplinary collaboration.

The Library's Data Curation team provides support to the Collaboratory. Beyond Collaboratory services, the Data Curation Program supports active and ongoing management of data produced by UCSB researchers.

Drop-in Computing

Nine workstations in the lab space are connected to 32-inch 4K monitors and come with a full suite of statistical and spatial software. Researchers working from these machines can project their work onto one of the two large monitors in this room.

Two computers (one workstation, one laptop) are available in the meeting space. Both are connected to 85-inch 4K monitors. Devices can also be wirelessly connected to the monitors, using the Crestron Airmedia application.  

Two Oculus Rift virtual reality headsets are available for use.  We are preparing to support Blender and the Unity Engine to develop immersive 3d content.

The Collaboratory team is interested in supporting current research and teaching throughout campus. Suggestions for additional software are welcome from UCSB affiliates.