Data and Visualization Services aims to help you accomplish your data-driven research goals by offering advice and training on best practices, tools, and resources at various stages during the research lifecycle regardless of discipline.

Data and Visualization Services is a department within Duke University Libraries and serves Duke University and Duke University Health System. We provide consulting services and instruction that support data-driven research at no cost* to our patrons. Our team of consultants and interns offers support in data sources, data management, data visualization, mapping and GIS (geographic information systems), and data cleaning.

Consultations may take place through email correspondence, in-person meetings, or virtual meetings. DVS staff members offer regular walk-in consulting hours in the Brandaleone Lab for Data and Visualization Services on weekday afternoons, and during the school year our interns often have evening and weekend availability.

Typically offered toward the beginning and middle of the fall and spring semesters, the Data and Visualization workshop series covers a range of tools and methods for data-driven research. These workshops are free and open to the public. We also provide more customized instruction for a variety of Duke groups including honors courses, graduate classes, and project teams. Customized instruction is available by request (, pending staff member availability and expertise.

Our services focus on areas of broad interest and are designed to provide assistance to those who may be new to working with data-driven research techniques and tools. We can also connect you with other Duke-based groups if you require specific methodological or computing assistance beyond our expertise. Data-driven research can be a complex space, and there are several units at Duke that work together to provide services for different topics and levels. We regularly collaborate with the Social Science Research Institute (SSRI) for statistical and methodological consulting, Digital Scholarship Services for digital humanities work, the Multimedia Project Studio for media and design topics, the Innovation Co-Lab for maker technology and programming support, and Research Computing for high-performance computing environments and training.

Questions? Email and we’ll be happy to help!

* While we are happy to provide free, short-term consultations, DVS staff are typically not available for long-term projects or contract work.