Space and technology

The Digital Research Commons (DRC) is a lab located on the second floor of M.D. Anderson Library (room 266-C) that exists to support researchers and research teams undertaking interdisciplinary work. It is reserved for individuals, small project teams, and classes that rely on the specialized equipment, software, and expertise provided in the lab.

During the Fall 2021 semester, the DRC will welcome appointment requests from individuals and groups under ten (10), including instructors and library staff, per University guidelines. The DRC is currently available by appointment on Monday/Wednesday/Friday between the hours of 10:00am – 4:00pm. Researchers and instructors are encouraged to request an appointment in the DRC by emailing the Manager of the Digital Research Commons, Elizabeth Irvin-Stravoski.

Any UH community member may currently request an appointment for use of the following specialized DRC equipment*:
  • Podcast recording studio
  • 2 professional-grade Wacom drawing tablets
  • Visualization station and wall of 6 flatscreen monitors
  • Two high-powered PCs
  • One Mac Pro
  • Twelve in-house laptops. Laptops can be used by visiting classes and configured in advance of your visit.
  • One portable 65” TV with PC and Mac inputs
*Please note that some of the software and equipment in the Digital Research Commons is undergoing an upgrade and may be temporarily unavailable. Please contact our staff or check this page for updates.

The entire UH community can also access additional research software in the DRC or remotely through the Libraries’ VMware Horizon Client. A full list of available software can be found here.

For research consultations with DRC staff, please see the DRC services webpage and contact our staff individually or through drc@uh.edu.