Lane Library's Bioinformatics Office Hours is only one of the myriad of services at your disposal as a member of the Stanford Medicine community. The list below includes services that are available to help you address questions related to data collection, analysis, and storage. For additional help with any of Stanford's cluster services (Sherlock, Nero, Farmshare, etc), contact SRCC support.
Please note that, while Bioinformatics Office Hours is a free service, some of the services below operate on a cost-recovery model or through special arrangements with specific departments or units.
The Department of Statistics offers a free online consulting service to members of the broader research community during each Stanford academic quarter. Under the supervision of a senior faculty member, Statistics graduate students arrange meetings with clients to help with statistical research questions in areas such as:
Social Science Data and Software (SSDS) is a group within the Stanford Libraries that provides services and support to Stanford faculty, staff, and students in the acquisition, curation, and preservation of social science data and the selection and use of quantitative (statistical) and qualitative analysis software. SSDS staff members provide these services in a variety of ways that include consulting, workshops, and help documentation.
The Quantitative Sciences Unit (QSU) is a unit of statistical scientists in the Department of Medicine who engage in interdisciplinary research. Members of the QSU are available to collaborate on study design and analysis for medical studies. The QSU offers professional data analysis using the most modern statistical techniques and secure HIPAA- and IRB-compliant management and coordination of data.
The QSU facilitates medical research for faculty on the medical campus in the following areas:
The Data Studio is a collaboration between Spectrum (The Stanford Center for Clinical and Translational Research and Education) and the Department of Biomedical Data Science. The Data Studio is open to the Stanford community, and we expect it to have educational value for students and postdocs interested in biomedical data science. Most sessions are an extensive and in-depth consultation for a Medical School researcher based on research questions, data, statistical models, and other material prepared by the researcher with the aid of a facilitator. The last session of each month is devoted to drop-in consulting. BDS faculty are available to provide assistance with your research questions. Bring any data, prior analyses, or other materials that you have. No advance notification is required.
Research IT has built and operated STRIDE since 2008 and Stanford REDCap since 2010. These resources are paid for by Dean's Office and support 1000s of researchers at Stanford. Their platforms meet Stanford regulatory requirements, are petascale, cloud-enabled, and use a variety of sophisticated technologies. Research IT also uses their expertise to support smaller projects via our consultation services. They have expertise in a number of areas including:
Reference management tools help you collect, manage, cite, and share bibliographic references. These tools can be used to automatically generate both in-text citations and bibliographies, organize PDFs, and share references between team members. Lane Library recommends Zotero, which can be downloaded and used free of charge, for most users.
Zotero is a free reference manager produced by the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University. Notable features include web browser integration, online syncing, generation of in-text citations, footnotes, and bibliographies, as well as integration with the word processors like Microsoft Word and Google Docs.
Lane Library recommends using the Zotero desktop client alongside the Zotero connector, a bookmarklet that will allow you to save materials from the web to Zotero in a single click as well as Zotfile, a free plugin that automatically renames and manages PDFs and other attachments.
EndNote is a reference manager produced by Clarivate Analytics. If you routinely work on large evidence synthesis projects and use certain features within Covidence, Endnote may be preferable to other reference management options.
ORCID is an alphanumeric code, kind of like a social security number, that identifies you as a contributor to scholarly work. Lane Library and the other libraries at Stanford recommend that every Stanford-affiliated researcher claim their ORCID.
There are a variety of ways to claim your ORCID iD and link it to your Stanford credentials. Below we've listed what we think are the most straightforward steps. If you have questions or would like to set up a consultation, please contact your liaison librarian.
Why maintain an ORCID profile when you're already maintaining similar profiles elsewhere? Because you can actually use ORCID to connect to many of these systems and share content between them!
One such system is SciENcv (Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae), the profile system for anyone who applies for, receives, or is associated with research investments from federal agencies like NIH and NSF. Researchers can use SciENcv to create and maintain biosketches that are submitted with grant applications and annual reports.
In addition to profile systems like SciENcv, ORCID also integrates with a variety of other research-related tools giving you essentially a single sign and enabling you to share information about your contributions throughout your research toolchain. Below we've highlighted some tools that connect with ORCID that are widely used at Stanford Medicine.
|Dryad, the open data repository, requires ORCID iDs for login. Once you've logged in and published a dataset through Dryad, you can be added to your ORCID profile as a work. Dryad also allows you to add ORCID iDs for co-authors.|
|Overleaf, the collaborative LaTeX editor allows you to login with your ORCID iD and connect your ORCID to your current account. Once your account is linked, your ORCID iD will be included when you submit work to participating publishers.|
|Protocols.io is a repository for recording and sharing up-to-date research methods and protocols. Connecting your ORCID iD with your account allows protocols.io to post information about your published protocols onto the "Works" section of your ORCID record.|