Joining the SSCC

The Social Science Computing Cooperative supports researchers at UW-Madison who use statistical analysis in their work. We provide a complete research computing environment focused on statistics plus the expert help you need to use it. This includes:

  • Statistical consultants who are experts on the most popular statistical software and can answer many methodological questions
  • Training on statistical computing, including workshops and an extensive Statistical Computing Knowledge Base.
  • Powerful and easy-to-use Windows and Linux based servers with the most popular statistical software installed and ready for use, plus many specialized packages
  • Secure data storage suitable for most sensitive research data
  • A dedicated help desk staffed by IT professionals, with immediate access to the system administrators who run the servers

The SSCC offers two types of memberships:

Full memberships are available to UW-Madison departments, agencies, and larger units. Full members are expected to make a minimum contribution of $20,000 per year to the SSCC, with the actual contribution being calculated using a per-seat charge which is based on the member's actual usage of SSCC resources. Full members receive all SSCC services and a seat on the SSCC Steering Committee.

Lower-tier memberships are available to smaller departments, larger units where only a few members need SSCC services, research groups, and individuals (UW-Madison affiliation is required). Lower-tier members receive access to SSCC's Windows servers (Winstat), Linux servers (Linstat and Condor), all statistical software, assistance from the SSCC Help Desk, free SSCC training, and 20GB of disk space per user (shared or private), and up to two hours/year of free statistical consulting. A lower-tier membership costs $450 per person per year. Additional statistical consulting is available for $100/hour. Additional disk space beyond 20GB costs $1/GB per year if backed up or $0.50/GB otherwise.

If you are interested in joining the SSCC, first check our list of member agencies and make sure you're not affiliated with one of them already. Then contact SSCC Director Andy Arnold for more information or to begin the process of becoming a member.