Social Sciences Computing Facility

@ University of California, San Diego

About Us

The Social Sciences Computing Facility (SSCF) is a consolidated group that offers a shared computing infrastructure and standard policies to all the departments in the Division of Social Sciences. SSCF consists of two units that work in close collaboration.

* The Systems Group has several higher-level IT staff who jointly manage the physical and virtual server infrastructure for the division, maintain and develop the critical IT services offered to all departments, and provide advanced support for complex academic and administrative projects.

* The Support Group consists of IT staff who provide on-site hardware and software assistance to all the end users in the division. Their duties are focused on maintaining laptops and desktop workstations for staff and faculty.


A summary of the services we provide is available on our services page.


We are the primary IT support organization for the following departments and research units:

  • Anthropology
  • Center for Research on Educational Equity, Assessment & Teaching Excellence (CREATE)
  • Cognitive Science
  • Communications
  • Critical Gender Studies
  • Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP)
  • Economics
  • Education Studies
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • TRIO
  • Urban Studies & Planning

We also support certain researchers and labs in several units which are affiliated with multiple divisions, including the Global Health Program, the Human Development Program, and the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study.


SSCF is funded from a combination of sources, including the campus "Divisional Support Model" (DSM), contributions from the departments and research units, and in some cases direct support of our employees on grants and projects. We do not operate a recharge so we are not able to do "by-the-hour" billed services.