Research Data Services 

The SDSC Research Data Services (RDS) division is dedicated to providing decades of technical expertise, investments in data science, and its support of data-driven research. Led by Division Director Christine Kirkpatrick and Director of Infrastructure Brian Balderston, RDS also holds a number of NSF-funded grants and Data Initiatives (see below).

RDS seeks to follow the national trend towards more data-driven and computationally-based research by offering a suite of computing services ranging from Cloud Storage and Compute platforms, Data Center Colocation, Enterprise Networking Services, Research Data Consulting, Storage Backups, Traditional NFS Storage as a service, Universal Scale Storage, UNIX and Windows System Administration, and VMware Virtualization Hosting. For more details, see our available Cyberinfrastructure Services or contact Ryan Nakashima, RDS Research Services Manager at

In addition to the existing Cyberinfrastructure Services above, RDS continues to expand its service portfolio to custom compute solutions, large-scale high-performance storage, data management tool development, and exploration of other CI services to meet emerging research computing needs.

Upcoming Training & Events

Visit this page for future training opportunities or computing webinars.

Past Training & Events

On October 12th, 2020, the West Big Data Innovation Hub partnered with the Border Solutions Alliance to host an awards ceremony for the COVID-19 Data Challenge: Navigating Life and Work in Border Communities. Teams submitted pitches and projects to address the Challenge Question, "How can we confidently and transparently decide what is safe [along the U.S.-Mexico border communities]?"

Projects were judged live via Zoom, so thank you to all of our participants and organizers for making this data challenge a success!

Data Initiatives

West Big Data Innovation Hub

The West Big Data Innovation Hub is one of four regional Hubs funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to build and strengthen strategic partnerships across industry, academia, nonprofit, and government. The West Hub community aims to catalyze and scale data science for societal needs - connecting research, education, and practice in thematic areas such as natural resources and hazards, metro data science, health, and data-enabled discovery and learning. Coordinated by UC Berkeley's Division of Computing, Data Science, and Society, the San Diego Supercomputer Center, and the University of Washington, the West Hub region includes contributors and data enthusiasts from Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, and a global network of partners.

EarthCube Office (ECO)

For nearly a decade, the EarthCube community has been transforming the conduct of geosciences research by developing and maintaining a well-connected and facile environment that improves access, sharing, visualization, and analysis of data and related resources. The EarthCube community works together to:

  • influence how data will be collected, accessed, analyzed, visualized, shared and archived;
  • participate in the interdisciplinary and collaborative research; and
  • contribute to the transformation of geoscience research through the emerging practices of digital scholarship, data and software stewardship, and open science.

Collectively, these activities are aimed to foster a better understanding of our complex and changing planet.


  • FAIR data stewardship plans - we can create plans to ensure your data is born FAIR, customized for new proposals or to redesign current processes.
  • FAIR data endpoints - share your research data to comply with agency requirements and enable others to find your data.
  • FAIR data consulting - consult with FAIR data experts about all FAIR data aspects.


Analysis Platforms