Data support and services

The Libraries offer numerous services to support data needs. From conception through publication, and all points in-between, we provide guidance throughout the research life cycle. 

A circular diagram illustrating the data lifecycle and associated library services in six stages. A: Dataset Collections, B: Plan, C: Acquire / Generate, D: Process & Analyze, E: Curate & Preserve, F: Publish & Share.

Find out how we can help with each stage of the research data life cycle.

A | Find your dataset

The Libraries have collected tens of thousands of datasets for Stanford researchers. They are broadly available as enduring assets that support reproducible research.

B | Plan

The Libraries employ scores of subject and technical specialists who are experts in supporting data-intensive research.

C | Acquire and generate data

Our staff of expert contract negotiators and acquisitions librarians procure datasets for both campus-wide and project-specific needs. 

  • Vendor / provider negotiations
  • Contracting
  • Data use agreements
  • Digitization and web-scraping
  • Dataset description (for discovery and reuse)
  • Provisioning access (local loading or remote access)
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D | Process and analyze

Multiple centers within Stanford Libraries specialize in domain-specific content and methods, including hands-on support for data-intensive projects. We offer skill-building workshops and consultations, and support emerging web-based platforms for exploration and computation.

E | Curate and preserve

Data curation experts throughout the Libraries document, describe, and structure data to maximize access and help ensure preservation. This enables dataset discovery, exploration, and reuse to meet FAIR data and funder requirements.

F | Publish and share

The Libraries support data publication via delivery platforms and search tools. The Office of Scholarly Communications advises on funder requirements, licenses, and impact, helping researchers make informed data-sharing decisions.

Email us with questions to learn more. 

Last updated June 11, 2024