Campus Resources for Research

Geospatial Data Center at Branner Library

Branner Library is the central on-campus location for GIS services and access to spatial data. The Stanford Geospatial Data Center provides GIS instruction, consultation, and data.  The staff also provide GIS reference manuals and software, as well as assistance in geocoding, remote sensing, and advanced mapping of spatial data to all faculty, staff, and students using GIS at Stanford. Branner Library is located on the second floor of the Mitchell Earth Sciences Building.

At Branner's GIS facility,  patrons can:

  • Create, modify, and print custom maps by using commercial GIS packages and geospatial data.
  • Communicate research and project results by creating maps and charts for use in journal articles, term papers and theses.
  • Analyze data graphically by conducting "what-if" scenarios.
  • Access a rich collection of databases that provide both geospatial boundary and statistical information.
  • Explore the spatial element of your data (e.g., display soil types, track crime patterns, analyze animal migration patterns, find the best location for an expanding business, model the path of atmospheric pollution) to make decisions for many types of complicated problems.


Statistical Consulting

The Department of Statistics offers a free, drop-in consulting service to members of the University community. Under the supervision of a senior faculty member, statistics doctoral candidates and experienced master's students provide assistance in areas including:

  • Experimental design;
  • Data analysis and interpretation of results;
  • Model fitting;
  • Time series;
  • Classification and prediction.


Institute for Research in the Social Sciences (IRiSS)

IRiSS advances social science research at Stanford by training social scientists in advanced and innovative research methods, undertaking high-quality interdisciplinary research, and disseminating research findings that address significant global challenges. IRiSS provides a platform for collaboration across the departments of Anthropology, Communication, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology, and Stanford’s professional schools.

IRiSS hosts five interdisciplinary research centers focused on the problems of poverty and inequality, the impact of philanthropy, NGOs and government agencies, American elections studies, democractic stability, and population studies.  IRiSS supports three research initiatives in advanced interdisciplinary methods, experimental research, and access to secure data.  Additionally, IRiSS hosts a branch of the U.S. Census Bureau’s Research Data Center.


Methods of Analysis for the Social Sciences (MAPSS)

The Methods of Analysis Program in the Social Sciences (MAPSS) is part of the Stanford Institute for Research in the Social Sciences (IRiSS) and is intended to enhance the quality and vitality of empirical scientific research done by students and faculty throughout the social sciences at Stanford.One of MAPSS's first missions has been to centralize a database of information about all of the courses on data collection and data analysis techniques that are available on campus and may serve the needs of Stanford graduate students in the social sciences.

Another MAPSS mission is to sponsor and co-sponsor lectures on campus by Stanford faculty and by scholars from elsewhere on methods of data collection and data analysis. The colloquium series calendar is listed on their web site.


Undergraduate Research 

Conducting research is different from the kinds of academic work with which students are usually familiar. This can make getting started seem more daunting than it really is. Refining broad interests into a focused research topic and finding the right faculty mentor are the most important early stages of the process.

For information about gettting started, academic support and funding:


Biostatistical Consulting 

Needing assistance with the biostatistical portion of your grant proposal?

SPCTRM in association with the Department of Health Research and Policy offers the following pre-award services:

  • Sample size justification
  • Study Design
  • Formulation of analysis plan
  • Assistance with the grant application

As time permits, the team also offers consultation on:

  • Data safety monitoring
  • Statistical analysis
  • Presentation of results for publication


Informatics and Data Research

The Stanford Center for Clinical Informatics offers a free, confidential, consultation service to Stanford University Medical Center researchers on topics related to data privacy & security, clinical data access for research purposes, research data management and general informatics issues. We encourage researchers to contact us as early as possible in the design phase of a research project and preferably well in advance of IRB submission. Consultations can be requested using our on-line request system.