The physical Data Lab spaces in Tisch Library (Medford) and Hirsh Health Sciences Library (Boston) have been de-densified in accordance with university policies and have the same hours as the respective libraries. The physical Data Lab spaces on both campuses will remain unstaffed throughout the spring 2021 semester. Data Lab staff will continue to provide GIS and data analysis support remotely via live online chat, email, and scheduled virtual consultations. Please email or see below for live support via online chat.

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Lab Assistant support and Data Lab staff consultations remain virtual throughout the Spring 2021 semester

Live Lab Assistant Support

Data Lab Assistants and StAAR Center statistics tutors are available for live online support throughout the spring 2021 semester. Refer to the live support schedule below for availability. To consult with a Data Lab Assistant during their scheduled shift, use the chat button below to initiate a live chat session. To familiarize yourself with the expertise of a particular lab assistant, click on their name in the calendar below or refer to the Data Lab Assistant skills matrix. Note that StAAR Center statistics tutors are not available via the chat interface. To consult with a StAAR Center statistics tutor, use the Zoom link within the event descriptions on their respective calendar.

Note that if all available Lab Assistants are assisting other clients, you might be placed in a waiting queue. If that happens, please do not close the chat window remain on the queue until connected to a Lab Assistant. Also note that the chat interface might be temporarily unavailable if the Data Lab Assistants are experiencing a high volume of requests or if no Lab Assistants are currently online.

Please email for additional assistance or to schedule a consultation with a senior Data Lab staff member.

Data Lab Mission Statement

The Medford Data Lab and Boston Data Lab are teaching and research computing spaces designed to foster collaboration and innovation among students, faculty, and staff across all Tufts’ schools and departments. The Data Labs provide interdisciplinary methodological and technological support for all aspects of the data science workflow, including data reference, analysis, and visualization. The wide range of expertise encompassed by the Data Lab staff allows for support in a variety of geospatial, statistical, and computational applications, including GIS, remote sensing, machine learning, and text processing.

Both Data Labs are staffed with Student Lab Assistants who are available for immediate walk-in assistance. The Data Lab team offers a wide range of services to the Tufts community, including workshops, in-class instruction, and advanced GIS and Data Science consultations. Check out the Data Lab Brochure for additional information.

The Data Lab is managed by Tufts Technology Services in collaboration with Tisch LibraryHirsh Health Sciences Library, and Ginn Library.