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The Ruppert Commons for Research, Technology and Collaboration (also known as “The Edge”) meets the growing needs of interdisciplinary, team-based, and data-driven research at Duke. Open since January 2015, The Edge is equipped with tools and workspaces for digital scholarship, reservable rooms for project teams, expanded technology and training facilities, and programming that encourages connection among the disciplines. We encourage all members of the Duke community to come to The Edge to explore our facilities and services:

  • Events and workshops based around faculty, student and staff research
  • Expertise on data visualization, analysis, and management in the Data Visualization Lab
  • Innovative software and informal event and workspace in the Digital Studio
  • Reservable, technology-enhanced project rooms for collaborative work
  • Flexible, open seating areas
  • Whiteboard walls for easy brainstorming
  • Projectors for checkout


Plans for the Research Commons came about through a multi-year planning process in which faculty, students, and library staff explored how Duke researchers are increasingly conducting their work in the context of interdisciplinary collaborations and digital production.

Generous funding for the project was made possible through the Duke Forward Campaign