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Research Commons: Research data services, sources, and management

Research data services

The Research Commons provides resources and services to address the growing usage of statistical, numerical, and geospatial data by SFU graduate researchers across many disciplines.

Researchers have access to quantitative survey research data, to Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and digital spatial data.

SFU Data Services provide assistance with:

  • data access
  • data preparation
  • custom subsetting
  • mentoring.

Research data management

MANTRA - Research Data Management Training
MANTRA is a free online course created by EDINA and Data Library, University of Edinburgh. MANTRA is designed for researchers who work with data and includes information on managing their research data.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS), maps, and geospatial data

SFU Library provides services and support for researchers using GIS and maps across all disciplines. 

Services and support include:

  • access to geospatial data
  • GIS training
  • provision of GIS software
  • access to the map collection
  • guidelines for citing geospatial data and maps
  • GIS networking and events.


The Library houses a large collection of local, provincial, national and international statistical data including access to CANSIM, Canadian Census data, and many other statistical sources.

For more information on statistics, consult the following SFU Research Guides:

Statistical Sources is a listing of databases and indexes to collections of statistical data (e.g. Statistics Canada, BC Stats, World Development Indicators, etc.) available to SFU graduate researchers.