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Supporting research web applications with CloudLabs

Friday, 05 January 2018

The Research Software Development Group are working on a new project called CloudLabs, which will help UCL researchers to create custom websites and applications for research projects. The aim is to make setting up a website or spinning up virtual computing resources on the cloud as painless as possible with a fully automated service that simplifies the design, setup and maintenance of new sites.

Research Data Storage: bigger and better

Wednesday, 06 December 2017

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.

Customised support for UCL from DMPonline

Thursday, 02 November 2017

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.

Improving IT support for research at UCL

Thursday, 22 June 2017

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.

Planned IRIS downtime affecting website staff profiles (Tuesday 27 June, 7am to 11am)

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

IRIS (UCL’s Institutional Research Information System) will be unavailable on Tuesday 27 June between 7am and 11am, while ISD colleagues carry out planned work to move the service to our new datacentres.

Research IT Services: 2016 in Review

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

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.

HPC for data driven research project

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

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.

Teaching for the future of scientific computing

Monday, 06 February 2017

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…

Code, test, merge, repeat

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

The Research Software Development Group (RSDG) have found another way to help researchers follow best practice when developing code: the Travis-CI continuous integration service.

Update on UCL Research Data Services

Monday, 03 October 2016

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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