The Collaboratory team provides consultation and instructional services related to data access and use, including campus-wide resources such as Qualtrics and Esri's suite of GIS software. We are also interested in supporting interdisciplinary humanities, social science, and fine art teaching and research projects, and in working with individuals and groups using analytical methodologies that rely on the creation, analysis, and visualization of complex datasets. We maintain a LibGuide on training resources for software supported by the Collaboratory.

Data Collections and Access Tools 

The Collaboratory provides access to a number of the UCSB Library's data collections, including many terabytes of geospatial, demographic, statistical, and others types of datasets that can be accessed onsite. We also mediate access to data on CD and DVD. Most of these datasets are in Library Search, but finding them can be difficult. Don't hesitate to ask for help! If you cannot physically visit the Collaboratory, we are more than happy to provide access to our in-house data. Please email us a for inquiries to our data collections.

Software and Data Carpentry

Software Carpentry aims to help researchers get their work done in less time and with less pain by teaching them basic research computing skills. These hands-on workshops are typically two full days and topics taught can include Bash, Git, R, and/or Python.

Workshops We Offer

We offer introduction to scientific computing Software and Data Carpentry workshops, and, with advanced notice, a wide variety of workshops on other Digital Scholarship techniques and tools.

Qualitative Data Analysis Study Group

An emerging community supporting computationally supported qualitative research.

Quantitative Data

Sources of quantitative and numeric data include public databases, subscription sources, and limited access tools and subscriptions. Consultations are available to help identify and recommend data for teaching, learning, and research use. 

  • Government data sources (including Census data)
  • Datastream (Collaboratory access only)

Social Media Data

We support researchers who want to explore working with social media data sources such as Twitter. We offer access, consultation, and instruction for a number of tools and products.

  • Twitter Public API using twarc (realtime and 7-10 days capture of large datasets)
  • Brandwatch (historic Tweets back to 2008)
  • NCapture (7-10 day capture of small datasets)

Spatial Data and Software

The Collaboratory is the primary point of contact for the Esri Campus Site License and maintains an extensive collection of GIS datasets on local servers, which are accessible only in the Collaboratory.