Software and Services for Data Science


Software and Services for Data Science (SSDS) is the public services point for the Center for Interdisciplinary Digital Research (CIDR) in Green Library that provides support to the Stanford University research community. We can assist you through workshop trainings and one-to-one consultations in R, Python, Stata, GitHub, Excel, and more for: 

  • Data acquisition, wrangling, visualization, and analysis
  • Text preprocessing and analysis
  • Machine/deep learning

We also provide help with the research design process and tips for presentation and writing!

Location and hours

Location: 120 Green Library, inside of the Social Sciences Resources Center.
Public Hours: Open hours for the Velma Denning Room are currently suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Stay tuned for updates.
We are closed: Saturdays, Sundays, Winter Closure, and University Holidays.


SSDS’ provenance started in two services: ADS and SSS. ADS (Academic Data Service) was based in the Library and took requests for data from Stanford researchers. The data were ordered, cataloged and the data files and documentation were made available. SSS (Statistical Software Support) provided software consulting and workshops by doctoral students. In 1997, ADS was changed to SSDS (Social Science Data Service), and in 1999, the two data and software services were merged to form Social Science Data and Software (SSDS).  In 2021, the name was changed to Software and Services for Data Science (SSDS).

Want to learn more about our history?

Check out our recent publication!

Muzzall E, Abraham V, Nakao R. 2022. A perspective on computational research support programs in the library: More than 20 years of data from Stanford University Libraries. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science.

Get to know the Green Library

Watch the short video below to learn more about Green Library.