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Research Commons: Data services, access, and management


During COVID-19, Research Commons' services continue.

SFU graduate students are encouraged to book consultations with the Research Commons staff and partners. Consultations are available by phone, via email, or through online video-conference.

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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 disciplines.

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

SFU Library provides assistance to researchers using GIS and maps

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.

Statistics and data

SFU Library provides services and support to researchers using data and statistical information.

Assistance available includes:

The following SFU Library Research Guides may also be of interest:

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

Research data management

The SFU Library  is pleased to support the Tri-Agency Statement of Principles of Digital Data Management by providing a variety of services for research data management.