About Us

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Our Mission

The mission of CeDAR is to provide a managed, robust and comprehensive set of services and tools that will encourage and enable members of the university community to better understand and utilize the information resources available to them.

Our Goals

  • Continue to manage, enhance and support the basic operational reporting needs of the University
  • Work with all administrative levels of the University to create a culture of data interest and curiosity
  • Provide the data, tools, education and expertise to help the gradual movement away from “What is?”, to “What has it been?” and “What could it be in the future?”
  • Provide direction as dynamic and visual views of data become the standard for Princeton

Our Customers

CeDAR supports most of the University's administrative offices and departments through the Information Warehouse and COGNOS, Tableau, training, education and consulting. In the Information Warehouse, each of the individual data marts are managed by a Package Custodian (see Access and Use Data) who is responsible for both the reports and data in the data mart and the security required for access. Package Custodians also work with us to identify potential new sources of data and work with other Custodians and Data Stewards when disparate sources of data need to be combined.

With the acquisition of Tableau, many new customers have started to work with CeDAR staff to create reports, dashboards and other data analysis and visualization objects. To support both the existing group of customers, as well as this new and growing population, CeDAR provides a comprehensive set of training, education and consulting opportunities. We are always available to meet with continuing and new customers to help them find solutions to their problems, questions and issues. There is never a charge for any of these services. With the impending purchase of a metadata management tool, we hope to make available all the data collections and business definitions of data in those collections in the Warehouse. This will enhance our customers' ability to better understand their own data as well as providing a roadmap for Princeton staff to see what data may be available to them in a secure and managed environment.

There are more than 3500 university staff who currently receive reports from the Warehouse and approximately 160 customers can create both queries and reports. In addition, there are now 140+ members of the university community who own Tableau desktop licenses.

We strive to ensure that we are able to meet the growing needs of the University. Our success depends on the success of our customers and we encourage both current and future CeDAR customers to contact us about any of our services and tools, including feedback for this web site: Have Feedback? Tell us!

To open a service request ticket (SN@P), please use this email address: cedar@princeton.edu