Consulting, training, and other services

Drop-in Research Consulting

Drop-in consulting for your research projects will be available at Branner Library from 1-3 pm most Thursday afternoons during the 2020 Winter Quarter. Our library staff will be on-hand to help you with a wide variety of software, coding, and data issues. Please check the schedule below for the dates we will be available.

We also do consultations during these hours via Zoom! Connect with us at

Contact us at with any questions about this service.

Consulting schedule

Location: Branner Library Group Study Space
Time: 1pm-3pm

Jan 16  Joseph Makokha, Linnea Shieh
Jan 23  Kim Durante, Ashley Jester
Jan 30  Kim Durante, Ashley Jester
Feb 6  Ashley Jester, Joseph Makokha
Feb 13  Zac Painter, Linnea Shieh
Feb 20  Amy Hodge, Zac Painter
Feb 27  Joseph Makokha, Linnea Shieh
Mar 5  Amy Hodge, Zac Painter
 Expertise Available at one or more of the sessions will include:
Arduino Excel Shell
Best practices Git


DOIs (digital object identifiers) Intellectual Property (IP) for engineers & scientists Stanford Digital Repository
Data cleaning Machine learning Stata
Data management & data management plans Mechatronics/automation Statistical analysis
Data sources Open Refine Tableau
Data visualization Python Unix
Databases and SQL (structured query language) R  
Engineering design Reproducibility  

Workshops and training

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We hold workshops open to anyone at Stanford on topics like Best Practices for Your Research Data and the Data Management Planning Tool. See our workshop descriptions on the Events page.

We are happy to provide training or instruction to your lab or research group on topics of interest to you.

We love students! We can talk with your class about keeping data organized and other best practices.

We are available to participate in your lab meeting, staff meeting, faculty meeting, symposium, boot camp or brown-bag event. We can do 5 minutes to an hour (or more!). Just let us know what you'd like to hear about and when! 


Data management plans

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We can help you create a data management plan (DMP) for your next research grant proposal.

We provide access to and Stanford-specific content for the DMPTool (Data Management Planning Tool), which can help you create a DMP. This includes text regarding the Stanford Digital Repository (SDR) that you can cut and paste into your DMP.

We can review your data management plan and make suggestions. We are also happy to verify whether your intended use of the Stanford Digital Repository (SDR) as described in your plan matches up with the SDR services we provide.


Other services

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Social Science Data: The Social Science Data and Software group at Green Library provides services and support for social science data acquisition and the use of analytical software.

Geographical Data: The Stanford Geospatial Center at Branner Library provides geographical data acquisition, consultation, and workshops.

Patient Data: The Center for Clinical Informatics at the medical center provides access to clinical data for research, as well as other clinical informatics services and consultations.

Finding and using federal, state, local, or international government data

Charts from ITS of data storage and backup solutions at Stanford 

The Dean of Research provides information for your research enterprise.