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ISSR Computing Services

In our digitized and data-rich world, the sophisticated use of computational resources is ubiquitous in both qualitative and quantitative social science research methods. One of the primary means through which the Institute for Social Science Research seeks to promote excellence in social science research is by providing extensive access to and training in state-of-the-art computing resources.

ISSR offers the following computing services:

  • Access to on-campus computing hardware
  • Software licenses
  • Regular training sessions
  • One-on-one consultation
  • Partnerships with relevant organizations, such as UMass' Computational Social Science Initiative (CSSI) and the Massachusetts Green High-Performance Computing Center.

Computational Social Science and ISSR

The University of Massachusetts, Amherst is a global leader in the emerging, cross-disciplinary field of computational social science, a methods-intensive field of research that finds application in every corner of the social sciences. The efforts of the UMass Computational Social Science Initiative complements ISSR, and the two entities work closely together to sponsor events and offer instruction in cutting-edge computational research methods.

Massachusetts Green High-Performance Computing Center and ISSR

The Massachusetts Green High-Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC) is a data center dedicated to supporting the growing research computing needs of five of the most research-intensive universities in Massachusetts, including UMass-Amherst. One of ISSR’s primary objectives in computing services is to facilitate the use of MGHPCC by social science researchers at UMass through workshops and making computing resources available.

Research Computing Software

The UMass Office of Information Technologies maintains a list of its supported software.

Computer Labs on Campus

  • ISSR maintains a lab of 12 computers available for use during consulting hours or by appointment in 107 Bartlett Hall.
  • OIT maintains a listing of computer classrooms on campus, as well as guidelines for reserving and using the rooms for instructional purposes.