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Statistical Consulting Service

The Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL) Data Analytics group, the Scholarly Commons, and Technology Services is pleased to announce a new collaboration to provide campus with free statistical and data consulting during the summer. Consultants offer help in R, Stata, SAS, SPSS, and more. Drop-in consulting hours are Monday-Friday (1pm to 4pm). Consulting sessions are also available by appointment. All consultations occur at 306 Main Library. For more information visit


Social Media Analytics

We are currently aiming at the “NSF Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs: Establishing Spokes to Advance Big Data Applications” grant, which has a submission deadline of September 28, 2017. The goal is to have a working prototype by the end of the summer. The prototype proves the ability to create a world-class science gateway for social media analytics research and facilitates acquiring funding through numerous sources. We also have the partnership with multiple faculty from Illinois and Indiana.

This summer we have a great team of students working on the Social Media Macroscope. Informatics Ph.D. students are working on data ingestion and data transform/storage pieces of the macroscope. An undergraduate Computer Science student is also working on the science gateway portion of the Macroscope.



The Illinois Campus Cluster Program now offers an option for researchers to purchase time on-demand on the ICCP research computing system. This allows researchers to pay only for the time used for computation without requiring a costly, up-front hardware purchase. Research Computing as a Service (RCaaS) provides cost-effective access to research computing resources and is especially beneficial for projects with short-to-moderate duration or sporadic computational needs.

Are you seeking a storage solution for your research data? The Active Data Storage service is now available to the campus community to provide reliable, mid-scale storage at an affordable cost. Allocations are available from a few terabytes to over a petabyte and can be purchased for the amount of time required by your project (one-month minimum). 

The Illinois Campus Cluster Program invites all investors or their designee to the next ICCP Investor Forum meeting on June 22 from 10am-12pm in Illini Union Room 314A.  We’ll be sharing recent program updates, and investors will have the opportunity to voice thoughts or concerns about the program.


Cloud Services

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is hosting a free Cloud Summit in Chicago in July. This summit is a great, low-cost way to attend technical sessions and workshops, bootcamp training events, and labs. AWS engineers, solutions architects and AWS partners will be present and available throughout the event. For more information visit

AWS Labs for the fall semester have been announced. These labs provide an opportunity to learn more about how AWS can enhance your work, from the basics to more advanced services and capabilities. An Illinois AWS team member and an AWS Solutions Architect are available to answer questions and assist you in setting up an AWS account. For training dates and more specifics visit


Sensitive Data

A new Privacy and Information Security Specialist position was created to support the campus community with its sensitive data needs by improving communication about policy and compliance, increasing awareness through training and providing technical assistance with secure data environments. The search for this position recently completed with the goal of having someone hired in July.


Project Updates
Training Project

Three students have been charged with furthering the development of curriculum for Molecular Dynamics using Gromacs, developing Solid Mechanics training using Abaqus, and developing Solid Mechanics tutorials using Abaqus and meshing tutorials using Simpleware.


Opportunities to Engage

UC2B Community Benefit group, composed of a cross-section of university, municipal, and private sectors, is building a plan for leveraging community broadband to improve digital literacy.  If you are interested in participating, please contact UC2B.

CU Hack Night

CU Hack Night meets every Tuesday from 6:00 - 8:00PM at Enterprise Works.  Pizza is provided.


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