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Research Data Services

The mission of the Research Data Services (RDS) team is to help IU researchers to optimally utilize the broad range of available data sources and storage resources to solve their research challenges.

Supporting IU researchers

RDS helps researchers to leverage resources from Research Technologies, UITS, IU, and beyond, while supplementing with non-duplicative services in research databases, restricted data enclaves, data and metadata management workflows, and geospatial and text data analysis.

Databases for Research

The Research Database Complex (RDC) supports data-intensive research requiring MySQL, PostgreSQL, MongoDB and Oracle databases. RDC databases are operated in collaboration with the UITS Enterprise Database Administration team, and therefore offer enterprise grade uptime, updates, and security. In all but the largest cases, RDC databases are available to researchers with no chargeback. The RDC is strictly devoted to supporting research, and it is not a database environment for instruction or administration. (

Help with research technology

Need assistance getting started? Tell us what you’re trying to do, and we’ll connect you with the right resources. Need to request software, storage space, or extended consulting? Visit our support page

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Analysis of Restricted Data (RADaRS)

The Restricted Access Data Remote Server (RADaRS) is a secure, Windows-based research hub that allows IU researchers to access and analyze datasets from a variety of data providers. RADARS is intended for use by researchers in all areas of social sciences that require that their data be used only within a highly secure environment with the oversight of a data custodian controlling the export of data analysis results.

  • Metadata Tool

    A customizable tool to allow research groups or individuals to collect and manage metadata related to files and experiments

  • Data Management Consulting

    Consult with RDS experts to identify data management tools and workflows that will enhance and streamline research activities

  • College Archiving Tool

    A Web-based application to help IUB College researchers archive and restore Geode-Project directories to/from tape storage on the Scholarly Data Archive

  • Geospatial resources beyond UITS

    This Knowledge Base article highlights some of the many GIS resources available through Indiana University and the State of Indiana.

  • ESRI ArcGIS and other GIS software

    Core ArcGIS products include desktop and server editions, mobile applications, and ArcGIS Online. Additional open source GIS applications are supported on Research Desktop.

  • Indiana Spatial Data Portal

    This portal provides access to more than 70 terabytes of Indiana geospatial data, including aerial photos, topographic maps, LiDAR, elevation data, and historic maps

Research Data Services Showcase

Our work covers a wide variety of projects at IU and beyond.

  • RSEI Project

    Risk Screening Environmental Indicators (RSEI) Project uses RDC to analyze the impact of various environmental pollution factors.
  • High-throughput Photogrammetry

    RDS experts developed workflows to allow IU photogrammetry users to parallelize their data- and compute-intensive workflows on UITS’s high-performance research cyberinfrastructure.
  • Susan G. Komen Tissue Bank

    This vital project is run by researchers at the IU Simon Cancer Center; the underlying databases are housed in the Research Database Complex