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A Growing Platform For Storage

The Research Data Storage Service has completed a major upgrade, making an additional 2.76 petabytes available for UCL’s research data. In addition, the service now provides a CIFS presentation – an oft-requested feature that gives users the ability to mount their project’s storage space as a network drive on their local machines.

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Customised support for UCL from DMPonline

DMPOnline is a free tool which helps researchers to develop data management plans in accordance with funders' requirements by providing templates and step by step guidance. Thanks to the Research Data Management team in UCL Library Services, DMPOnline now includes customised guidance for UCL researchers with information on local infrastructure, policies and support services.

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Improving IT support for research at UCL

If you carry out research at UCL, as a postgraduate student or member of staff, we'd appreciate it if you can help us to continue to improve IT support for research by completing a short, anonymous survey about the services that are currently available.

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Research IT Services: 2016 in Review

The Research IT Services department has come a long way since it was established in 2012, so we thought it would be a good idea to put together something to showcase all of the great services we provide to support research at UCL. The past 12 months in particular have been transformative in terms of the range and scale of services on offer, and our new booklet, 'Research IT Services: 2016 in Review' celebrates these successes and introduces some of the people behind RITS. We also take a look towards the future of Research IT Services at UCL and across the wider academic sector. Whether you're an old friend of RITS or just want to know a bit more about what we do, we hope you'll enjoy reading.

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HPC for data driven research project

The introduction of Grace in 2015, and its extension in 2016, has dramatically improved UCL’s ability to support “traditional” high performance computing by providing a dedicated platform for performing large parallel workloads previously handled by Iridis and Legion.

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Teaching for the future of scientific computing

A new MSc program in Scientific Computing began at UCL this year with the aim of producing highly computationally skilled scientists and engineers who are able to tackle real life problems in a structured and rigorous way. James Hetherington from the Research Software Development Group has contributed significantly to the development of this course and his team are helping to deliver the core skills training in high performance computing and software development. James tells us how it’s going and why this course is important for delivering the research skills we’ll need in future…

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Update on UCL Research Data Services

It’s been a busy summer for the Research Data Services group as they oversee major improvements to their existing service and set out their plans for the future. Dr James A J Wilson, has been leading the group since April, and here he tells us what they’ve been up to and what we can expect next…

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Research Software Dashboard launch

We are pleased to announce the launch of a new service aimed at promoting software written by UCL researchers. If you have research code that you would like to share with colleagues or the wider world, you can now add it to the Research Software Dashboard at dashboard.rc.ucl.ac.uk

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The Pre-Award Grants System nears deployment

The PAGS (Pre-Award Grants System) project is nearing live deployment and will be rolled out over the summer. The new system will replace pFACT to allow UCL staff to complete costing and pricing of research grant proposals and provide additional support for bid proposal development. Research grant income provides over a third of UCL’s income and therefore having a modern costing and proposal development solution is vital for UCL in maintaining this income.

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Introducing James Wilson: Head of Research Data Services

Dr James Wilson joined us in April as our new Head of Research Data Services. He'll be leading the group providing our Research Data Storage service, and developing our archive for long-term preservation of research data. We've asked him to introduce himself and tell us about the priorities for his team.

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Grace at UCL launch to HPC community


Next month RITS is pleased to launch our new HPC facility, Grace, in coordination with HPC, big data and analytics integrator OCF at the Wilkins South Cloisters on 6th April. Grace runs alongside UCL’s existing HPC machines, Legion and Emerald, and will be UCL’s flagship HPC service, free at the point of use for researchers across the University.

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Forging new digital tools with the Health Informatics Collaborative

This year, the Research Software Development Group (RSDG) are embarking on a new collaboration with the UCLH Critical Care team to develop new digital tools for research and patient care. As is happening in many other research domains, digital methods look set to transform this field, allowing researchers and clinicians to make better use of large and complex datasets. James Hetherington, the head of the RSDG, tells us more…

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Managing research data with iRODS

A new component, iRODS, has recently been added to the Research Data Services portfolio, which will make it easier for researchers to manage their data and prepare it for open access. We asked the Research Data Services team to tell us about iRODS and what it can do for UCL researchers.

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UCL Discovery Upgrade

Over the summer, the Research IT Applications (RITA) team have been busy upgrading the software and infrastructure underpinning the UCL Discovery service. This work will secure the future of UCL Discovery, making it more reliable and sustainable, and will help UCL to respond to upcoming changes in Open Access requirements from HEFCE.

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Introducing UCL's Research Data Support Officer

In May we welcomed Myriam Fellous-Sigrist to UCL in a new role as UCL’s Research Data Support Officer. Here Myriam tells us a bit about what she’s been up to and how she can help UCL researchers manage their data.

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Grace installation update

Grace, the replacement for the Iridis service, has now been delivered to our off-site data centre in Slough. All of the hardware is in place, as is network connectivity, and our partners at OCF are currently running burn-in tests, with our own acceptance tests due to start shortly. Initial results on a subset of the cluster are very promising, and even with that subset, we have significantly exceeded the capacity we have lost from Iridis

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A community of practice for research programmers at UCL

The UCL Research Programming Hub are holding their inaugural technical social event on Wednesday 9th of September. This will be a series of monthly events which aim to bring together researchers from across disciplines who share a common interest in all things related to programming.

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Introducing 'Grace'

We are happy to announce that we are moving ahead with the development of a new high-performance computing facility in our Slough data centre. The new machine is to be called 'Grace' in honour of pioneering computer scientist Grace Hopper and is expected to enter service in early November 2015.

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