Getting started with tech for researchers

Last updated July 26, 2022

UW–‍Madison ranks as one of the most prolific research universities in the world. The research happening on our campus ranges from experimenting in the lab to cure diseases, to analyzing the mysteries of the universe, to studying neutrinos in the South Pole, to high throughput computing. And that’s just scratching the surface! No matter what the research is, technology plays a key role. This guide is meant to be a high level overview of the technologies provided by UW–‍Madison that may help you with your research.

A great starting point is your local IT staff (if available). They may have great information about the resources you have locally to help with your research. Additionally, Campus Computing Infrastructure (CCI) staff can answer any questions you may have and connect you with the right group. Contact CCI at

Basic resources

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High-speed networking, internet


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Campus-wide email & calendaring

Office 365

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Free & low-cost software

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50GB free collaborative storage


Research IT services


Save money, time, printing, and mailing costs by using ASG-Cypress to help create easily shareable online reports.

Center for High Throughput Computing

CHTC supports a variety of scalable computing capabilities, including high-throughput computing (HTC), tightly-coupled computations (e.g. "MPI"), high-memory, and GPUs.

Electronic lab notebooks

Electronic Lab Notebooks can be used to record and document the research process and to manage digital research data.


Globus is a web-based platform for research that supports secure data sharing, big data transfers, data lifecycle automation and secure sharing with collaborators at other institutions.

Research storage (ResearchDrive)

ResearchDrive provides secure, shareable, research storage space on the UW-Madison campus network for a variety of research purposes.

Teaching & research application development

The Teaching & Research Application Development service creates applications to meet teaching, learning, and research needs.

Web development services

DoIT provides a full range of web development services for schools, divisions, initiatives, projects and events across campus.

Additional services

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Free research-website hosting

DoIT web hosting

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Server, hosting, storage,

Campus Computing Infrastructure

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free, online file storage for ePHI


Other key resources

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Gather, distribute, preserve materials


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Division of Information Technology

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Research Resource Guide

Get research help

The Campus Computing Infrastructure (CCI) initiative staff can also answer any questions you may have, or connect you with the right group.

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