Director’s Message

Welcome to CISER, core infrastructure to Cornell social science and in its 39th year of anticipating and supporting the evolving interdisciplinary computational and data needs of social scientists and economists across campus. It is a privilege to lead CISER and its team of experts in social science data, research computing, and metadata. CISER staff, fully engaged and recognized leaders in their respective areas of professional expertise, are what enable Cornell social scientists to take their research further, do more with less, and extend the impact of their research beyond what it would be possible to accomplish alone.

CISER brings to you:

  • A wide-ranging, capable, and collaborative support team. CISER’s team includes researchers enthusiastically involved in their own social science research and the science of data itself. They expand the breadth of expertise to Cornell research and are able to discuss ideas, provide input to proposals, actively engage in the conduct of research, and ultimately improve the outcome of Cornell social science.
  • A shared services model that enables more success than going it alone. Cornell’s visionary model of shared support for social science research makes it possible for individual researchers—be they graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, or faculty—to accomplish more together than they could accomplish on their own. This support is enabled by CISER’s Member Colleges and the Office of the Vice Provost for Research and is available to all members of Cornell’s interdisciplinary social science community.

If you haven’t checked out CISER lately, I encourage you to learn about our ever-evolving and cutting-edge set of services. In particular:

It is my pleasure to lead the multi-faceted and collaborative team that comprises CISER and that enables and furthers the work of Cornell Social Science. If you feel CISER might be of use to you in your work, or you would like to learn more, please don’t hesitate to get in touch via email or phone.

Email :

Phone : 607-255-4801

-William C. Block, Director.

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