Programs & Products
IQSS houses and develops many faculty-led scientific programs, as well as software and systems tools designed to facilitate research and the use of large datasets.
The Center for Geographic Analysis administers Harvard-wide GIS infrastructure, collects and disseminates spatial datasets, and provides training and consultation in the use of geospatial technologies.
The Laboratory for Innovation Science at Harvard (LISH) is spurring the development of a science of innovation through a systematic program of solving real-world technical challenges while simultaneously conducting rigorous scientific research and analysis.
The Human Flourishing Program aims to integrate knowledge from the empirical social sciences and the humanities on topics such as religion, virtue, work, purpose, forgiveness, marriage and family.
The Program on Survey Research encourages and facilitates research and instruction in the theory and practice of survey research, with a mission of enhancing the quality of teaching and research at Harvard.
The Future of Media Project is a partnership with HBS aiming to further research and identify implementable solutions to rebalance truth, privacy and power in the media industry.
The Henry A. Murray Research Archive is a permanent repository for quantitative and qualitative social science data. The collection comprises over 100 TB of numerical datasets, video and audio recordings, interview notes, and other media.
DLABSS is an online experiments and survey community for social science research. It is an innovative tool for connecting subject pool participants with researchers conducting surveys and experiments.
Social Science One implements a new type of incentive-compatible partnership between academic researchers and the private sector to enable the use of information amassed by companies to address societal issues, while protecting their respective interests and ensuring the highest standards of privacy and data security.
The Politics Through Time Program builds a research hub for those interested in studying the historical development of elections and democracy by using recent advances in information technology and data-science.
The Privacy Insights Project is developing statistically valid differentially private systems, including OpenDP, that will also protect researchers and society.
The dark web includes every manner of content, including claims about data breaches exposing personal information. The damage they cause is well known; what is not known, and what the SilverLining Project studies, is whether we can find a silver lining in these dark clouds by creating some social good out of the chaos.
The Program on Experience Based Learning in the Social Sciences provides a modern support infrastructure to Harvard programs and faculty that create active learning opportunities for Harvard students.
Dataverse is a software platform that enables the hosting of research data repositories. It provides a preservation and archival infrastructure, and allows researchers to share, keep control of, and get recognition for their data through an easy to access web browser interface.
In recent years, a massive growing amount of digital unstructured text is becoming available for research from blogs, news articles, publications, social media, etc. In order to conceptualize this vast amount of information, it helps to classify it into clusters of related topics. Consilience aids in the discovery of clusters that work for you, in an interactive, computer-assisted fashion.
The Consilience project is temporarily paused.
The Systems Development team innovates the next generation of systems for computational social science. They work closely with third-party cloud vendors to host technology services that have become commoditized, and they develop innovative architectures that leverage the elastic and scalable infrastructure of cloud resources, enabling the further development and integration of new technologies to make computing easier and more powerful for social science researchers.
Contact: Len Wisniewski