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Data Visualization Services


The DataLab is located on the 5th floor of Thomas Cooper Library near the front staircase and is available any time Thomas Cooper Library is open. This space and technology supports data visualization and analysis activities related to University research projects. Services and resources are provided by the Digital Research Services (DRS) unit of the University Libraries.

Use Policies

  • Available for currently enrolled students, faculty, and staff.
  • Priority to research projects involving data/spatial analysis and data/spatial visualization.
  • No food or drink in the DataLab space.
  • No viewing of pornographic or other improper content.
  • No unattended children allowed

Available Hardware

The following technology hardware is available for use in the DataLab:

  • An 82" Samsung television functioning as a large-screen monitor for a Windows computer with wireless keyboard and mouse.
  • HDMI and DisplayPort connectors are available in the collaborative table
    to use the large-screen monitor with individual-owned Windows laptops.
  • 3 high-powered Windows computers

Available Specialized Software

A variety of software related to data/spatial analysis and data/spatial visualization is installed on the computers in the DataLab. Instructional information about these software applications is available below. 

Data Visualization Programs

Programming Languages

Programming Environments

Spatial Analysis/Visualization

Statistical Analysis Programs

Additional computers (not provided by the University Libraries) with ArcGIS, Nvivo, R, SAS, and SPSS software are available at the Gambrell Computing Center located at 817 Henderson Street, Columbia, SC 29208.