Computing Support

Computing Resources at Columbia

To enable CPRC researchers to take full advantage of existing resources that meet their changing needs, the CDI Core maintains a centralized inventory of information about computing support services available on each of Columbia’s campuses.  Below is a list of the different types of research support available at Columbia.  

Research Computing Services (RCS)

Research Computing Services (RCS) serves as Columbia's research community liaison with central Information Technology groups. RCS works closely with other related entities at Columbia, including the Office of Research Initiatives and the Libraries/Information Services, with the shared goal of advancing research at the University.

Data Service in the Digital Social Science Center

The Digital Social Science Center (DSSC) is a lab and service point for users doing quantitative work and needing assistance with either GIS or statistical software.  DSSC Services include:

  • Identifying numeric and spatial data products either in the EDS collection or elsewhere
  • Capturing or extracting data from their source
  • Working with meta-data and data dictionaries that accompany data
  • Getting data files into a format suitable for research or analysis

Center for Digital Research and Scholarship (CDRS)

The Center for Digital Research and Scholarship (CDRS) partners with researchers and scholars to share new knowledge. Using innovative new media and digital technologies, CDRS empowers Columbia’s research community with the online tools and services necessary to make the most of scholarly communication, collaboration, data-sharing, and preservation.  CDRS offers the following:  Repository Services, Conference Services, Publications Services, Video Services, and Wikscholars Services.  

Research Compliance & Training 

As one of the pre-eminent research institutions in the country, Columbia University is dedicated to the highest standards of research integrity. On this site you will find descriptions of many of the offices and departments at Columbia with responsibility and oversight for various elements of research as well as links to their websites. You will also find links to relevant University policies and government guidelines that govern the research enterprise and to educational and training resources.

For an overview of the offices that support Columbia's research enterprise, take a look at the Quick Guide to Research at Columbia University.

Office of Research Compliance and Training, (212) 854-4261, email us

Office of the Executive Vice President for Research

"The Executive Vice President for Research, reporting directly to the President of the University, has overall responsibility for the University's research enterprise, encompassing a broad spectrum of research departments, institutes and centers in the natural and biomedical sciences, the social sciences and the humanities. Columbia has a long and distinguished history of discovery of new knowledge. The Office of the Executive Vice President for Research works to foster the continuation of those creative endeavors and to promote an environment that sustains the highest standards of scholarship, health and safety.

The Office establishes and administers the policies governing the conduct of research at the University and oversees the management of its research programs. It also assists investigators seeking external funding, promotes interdisciplinary research and awards seed money for early stage investigations. This page provides links to the nine separate units managed by the Office as well as to resources and policies to support students and scholars conducting research throughout the University."

G. Michael Purdy Executive Vice President for Research

The Columbia Center for New Media Technology and Learning (CCNMTL)

The Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning (CCNMTL) was founded at Columbia University in 1999 to enhance teaching and learning through the purposeful use of new media. In partnership with faculty, the Center supports efforts ranging from basic course website management to advanced project development. CCNMTL also extends the scope and reach of its work with strategic initiatives that engage educators, librarians, partner institutions, and the community in the reinvention of education for the digital age.  Services offered through CCNMTL: