Frequently asked questions (FAQ's) about the Shared Resources at the Center for Complexity and Self-management of Chronic Disease (CSCD). If you can't find the answer to your question, please fill in the CSCD web-inquiry form and we will quickly get back to you.

I have lots of data and no place to store it that allows dynamic computational access to the data. How can CSCD help?

If you have large amounts of complex data, e.g., images, streaming data, thousands of cases and hundreds of data elements, CSCD may deploy a new SQL or No-SQL database to house your data. Alternatively, we can provide disc storage in terms of Linux files and directories which will be accessible via SSH, graphical pipeline environment or other Computational services. Please provide all data specifications when you submit the CSCD Inquiry form.

The analysis of my data requires running many complex, long and intensive computational steps. What computing resources does CSCD provide for high-throughput data processing, analysis and visualization?

We have a powerful back-end computational server that has 1.5TB of RAM memory and 40 compute cores. These allow parallelization of intensive and long term jobs that can be submitted, monitored, and evaluated via SSH or graphical Pipeline client interface. You can see exemplary videos here. Please describe the computational software you need to use and provide data specifications in the CSCD Inquiry form.

I need help with the design of my research study, the data collection, aggregation, management processing or visualization. How can CSCD help me?

CSCD investigators provide consultation and support for methodological, statistical, analytics and visualization aspects of projects related to complex studies of healthcare, self-management, and chronic disorders. We also provide support for methods sections of research papers and grant proposals. CSCD also provides consultation on some software platforms for data analysis.

Does CSCD offer courses, workshops or other training opportunities?

The CSCD Events page provides information on various CSCD activities including training and dissemination. Although CSCD does not offer courses, our faculty teach a diverse array of undergraduate and graduate courses in nursing, data science, methods for health sciences and informatics. One-on-one discussions with CSCD faculty could also provide curricular training or research mentorship including for grant applications.