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Computer Labs

HMDC hosts multiple state-of-the-art public computing labs in collaborative open-space areas designed to provide a comfortable work environment for faculty, visiting scholars, post-docs, students, and staff in the Harvard and MIT communities. The Public Labs offer free access to workstations with a full array of statistical, GIS, and other commonly-used desktop applications. The Public Labs are located in the CGIS Knafel building at 1737 Cambridge Street, next to the Graduate School of Design.

For more information go to Lab Website at

Research Computing Environment

Researchers across the university have access to our Research Computing Environment (RCE) for social science research computing and analysis.  The RCE offers you a centralized place in which to store your data and run your analysis on your own or in collaboration with other researchers.  It also supplies a persistent desktop environment that is accessible from any computer with an internet connection.

The RCE provides access to a variety of text editors, email and web browsers, text processing tools, an office productivity suite, and the full range of graphical and command-line tools provided by a modern, enterprise-grade operating system.

Statistical analysis makes up a significant portion of the work performed in the RCE. We provide access to several popular statistical software packages, including R, Matlab, Mathematica, Stata, and others.

The environment is a graphical interface and should be familiar to users of the Microsoft Windows or Mac OS X operating systems. You access the RCE by using a secure remote access protocol. When connected, your environment is displayed as a virtual desktop that persists even after you disconnect.  You can connect to the RCE from your office, start an analysis, disconnect, and then reconnect to the same session and analysis process from another computer.

For more information about the RCE visit the website at

Research Technology Consulting

The Research Technology Consulting team has expertise in a wide array of disciplines, from economics to biological anthropology to computer science.  Our goal is to facilitate cutting edge research in a range of fields by sharing new technological and methodological advances across disciplines, and providing a convenient, full-time service for researchers.

To find out more about the RTC, visit their website at

User Services & Support

The friendly, dedicated, and highly-skilled User Services staff will respond quickly to all your hardware and software needs regarding a full range of supported platforms, including your desktop or laptop machine, your mobile devices, and your Research Computing Environment account.

To learn more about User Services visit their website at