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Research Data Services @ Georgia State University Library: RDS@GSU ~ Scope of Services

RDS@GSU ~ Scope of Services

Research Data Services (RDS) Support at Georgia State University – Scope of Services

The RDS Team offers support to GSU students, faculty, and staff in the areas of data analysis tools & methods, mapping & data visualization, finding data & statistics, data collection, and data management.

Partners in Student Research

Academic department faculty (e.g., course professors/instructors, thesis/dissertation advisors, etc.) are students’ primary resource for support in the areas of research methods, data analysis and visualization, and statistical/quantitative and qualitative analysis software assistance. The RDS Team is here to supplement that support. RDS Team members will refer students back to their academic department for assistance when the support being sought is the primary responsibility of academic department faculty or the home department.

Partners in Intellectual Contributions

When RDS Team members determine that their support for a research project or teaching curriculum has resulted in substantive intellectual contributions, RDS Team members will negotiate the appropriate recognition for their intellectual contributions (e.g., co-authorships, acknowledgments, thesis/dissertation committee membership, copyright/creative commons privileges, etc.).

Software Consultants, not Statistics Tutors

RDS class/course assistance is focused on secondary software support for analysis and does not include tutoring for exams, study guides, or help with statistical assignments that do not have a required software component.

Non-GSU Researchers

We currently welcome workshop attendees who are not affiliated with GSU, including attendees from other Metro-Atlanta colleges and universities, GSU alumni, and general community members (see our Workshops ~ Etiquette & Policies here).

  • GSU affiliates are given first priority for seats at workshops. If necessary, non-GSU attendees will be required to forfeit their seats to GSU affiliates if GSU affiliates arrive by the scheduled starting time. 
  • In the future we may choose to limit our workshop attendance to current GSU affiliates only, should increasing attendance numbers require it.

RDS Team members do not offer one-on-one assistance (either face-to-face, via email or other virtual modes, or over the phone) to non-GSU researchers as a general practice, because it is not sustainable for them to open their one-on-one services up that widely.