The Odum Institute provides various computing resources for the UNC community. The Odum Institute Information Technology staff maintain three computer labs within Davis Library including the Open Lab located on the second floor within the Research Hub and two instructional labs (Rooms 219 and 3010). To reserve a classroom, please see our Room Reservation Policy below.

Open Lab

The Open Lab is located on the second floor of Davis Library within the Research Hub and maintains the same hours as Davis Library. Odum Institute statistical consultants are also available to assist with routine statistical and programming questions.

Consulting Hours:

Monday – Friday, 9:00AM – 6:00PM

Lab Capabilities

There are two network-connected computer stations loaded with many statistical, qualitative, and GIS software packages including:

  • Qualitative Software (Atlas.ti 8, F4, MaxQDA Plus2018, and QSR NVivo 12)
  • Quantitative Software (R 3.6.1, RStudio, SAS 9.4 (32-Bit), Stata SE 16, SPSS 26, TeXstudio 2.5.2, and Tinn-R

Instructional Labs

The two instructional labs (Rooms 219 and 3010) maintained by the Odum Institute have numerous capabilities for presenting multimedia information. All audio and visual equipment is connected to a touch-panel screen at the front of the classroom. All computer stations are connected to an instructor-share drive on the Odum Institute file server. This connection is “read only” for computer station users. Course materials can be placed on this drive so that users can copy it to the local machine or read it without the ability to make edits.

All computers are loaded with many statistical, qualitative, and GIS software packages. See below for a complete list of software programs available in each classroom.

Software Available: Room 219

Adobe ReaderIBM SPSS 26
FirefoxR 3.6.1
Access 365RStudio
Excel 365SAS 9.4
PowerPoint 365GeoDa
Publisher 365Stata IC 16
Word 365Tinn-R
TeXstudio 2.5.2

Software Available: Room 3010

Access 365R 3.6.1ATLAS.ti 8.0
PowerPoint 365TeXstudio 2.5.2F4
Adobe ReaderRStudio MAXQDA Plus 2018
FirefoxGeoDaQSR NVivo 12 (front 2 rows of computers only)
Excel 365SAS 9.4
Publisher 365Tinn-R
Word 365

Computer Laboratory

For UNC Faculty

The computer lab at the Odum Institute is available to faculty at UNC on a space-available basis. There is also a limit of three times per semester for regular classes. See the “Computer Labs” section for information on lab capabilities. Please contact Jill Stevens for more specific information.

For Organizations Outside UNC

The classroom is also available to organizations outside the university for a fee. See the “Computer Labs” section above for information on software availability in the lab. Please contact Jill Stevens for more specific information on pricing.

Distance Classroom

The distance classroom is available to organizations outside the university for a fee. Distance training allowing students in remote locations to participate in our classes. We offer flexible service types and pricing options to meet a range of needs. See below for further information on features of this advanced classroom.

The Odum Institute is now offering distance training, allowing students in remote locations to participate in our classes. Room 219 can accommodate 22 students and has many capabilities for presenting multimedia information to a small audience.

We offer flexible service types and pricing options to meet a range of needs. The Odum classroom uses a Tandberg system that connects through TCP/IP. If you have access to a compatible system, we can proceed with arranging a distance training or seminar on any of our short courses, including SAS, SPSS, Stata, ATLAS.ti, and MAXQDA. If you are interested in arranging for a distance short course or have questions about pricing, please contact Paul Mihas. If you have questions about compatible technologies, please contact Jon Crabtree. Scheduling a distance session is subject to availability of the classroom and instructors. To reserve this room for a class, please contact Jill Stevens.

Distance classroom options

  • Half-day course
  • Work sessions
  • Topical seminars


Half-day course

Our instructors can present statistical computing and quantitative research methods, incorporating hands-on exercises, assuming remote students have access to software. These courses are ideal for small research teams. They are designed to help ensure that participants learn key principles of an analysis technique or software package and can apply these techniques to their own data collection and analysis. These courses can also incorporate skills integration and consultation sessions. That is, we can offer follow-up consultation, via the distance classroom or Web, to help distance students integrate new skills with their current research practices.

Work sessions

Work sessions are designed around a research team or department’s data. This kind of distance session would involve discussing the details of a particular project and working through specific issues. (For example, a qualitative research session would involve reviewing and fine-tuning a codebook.) There would most likely be pre-session phone calls or Web meetings to address objectives and facilitate the actual distance session.

Topical seminars

We can offer a range of focused seminar options, lasting an hour or longer, on topics such as longitudinal data analysis or hierarchical linear modeling. These seminars can be introductory or more advanced, depending on your needs, and would be more distilled than the half-day courses.