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1 © University of Reading IT Services e-Research workshop Mike Roch, Director of IT Services 17 June 2009

2 Providing better resources, software and support to allow researchers in Reading to make use of e­Research technology in their research To encourage inter-disciplinary collaborations to be formed inside and outside of the University around e­ Research To develop the e­Research agenda for the University 2

3 Mapping exercise Summary: lID=27575&sID= lID=27575&sID= Significant computation done on single PCs but demand shown for Campus Grid Wide range of software in use but a few with many users or interested users – SPSS, Matlab, Nvivo Wide range of sizes and types of data sets More support/advice top need 3

4 ITS responses to mapping exercise Campus Grid, National Grid Service and e-Science Certificates e-Research advice & support Software Data storage Workshops & Training Newsletter, documentation and website 4

5 Campus Grid Utilises spare capacity on library and laboratory Windows PCs for research Started in the School of Systems Engineering IT Services become involved to make it a campus wide service When no user is logged in, the PC is allowed to accept Campus Grid jobs eresearch-campusgrid.asp eresearch-campusgrid.asp 5

6 Campus Grid – users Systems Engineering (8) Environmental Systems Sciences Centre (6) Meteorology (4) Biology (1 + 2 NGS) Mathematics (3) Chemistry (3) Agricultural Economics and Management (2) Informatics Research Centre (1) Applied Statistics (1) 6

7 Campus Grid – average PCs in use 7

8 Campus Grid – applications and support Applications – native support for Matlab and R – compilation tools: gcc/gfortran/g++, java, python, perl, subversion... – checkpointing support Support – ITS offers help for users wanting to get started with the Campus Grid and the wider National Grid Service 8

9 Software environment Matlab & R available on Campus Grid Nvivo – taken out 5 yr site licence (1/8/08 – 31/7/13) – https://www.reading.ac.uk/closed/its/docs/software/its-software- nvivo.asp https://www.reading.ac.uk/closed/its/docs/software/its-software- nvivo.asp Atlas.ti – bought more licences – available via terminal server 9

10 Support activities Open meetings & workshops, eg – ah-workshop.asp ah-workshop.asp Termly newsletter – newsletter.asp newsletter.asp Linux training sessions – to eresearch & it-supporters lists for suggestions for topics 10

11 Data stewardship QAR issues Best practices Hosting centrally vs backup service Continuity of researchers use of data Relationship with Institutional Publication Repository Please discuss requirements with ITS 11

12 eResearch community List – information about seminars, conferences and funding opportunities Long running seminar series organised by ACET which is relevant to researchers in e-Research, these are advertised on the e-Research mailing-list.seminar seriese-Research mailing-list e-Research South - 5 year e-Science collaboration between Reading, Oxford, Southampton and STFC 12


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