Resources for Getting Started with Computing for Research Projects

There are a number of options for managing communications and content on research projects. Below is an overview of important School resources, and a guide to School-supported software that might be appropriate for your needs, as well as other resources that can be found on campus. Research Services is always happy to consult with you about more specific computing needs.

School Resources

File Space

  • Group space on the School's file servers
    • All members of a work group with valid iSchool domain accounts can be given access to the file storage space (512 MB on the "H" drive). The provides an easy way to store and share documents. However, it does not provide options for synchronous work on stored files but allows files to be downloaded and uploaded with ease using a number of methods. See the Help Desk File Storage page.

Server Space

  • For large space requirements: the Virtual Server Option (2 cores, 4 gigs ram, 50 gig harddrive). Not suitable for heavy computation. For FY12, the cost is $186/year; set up either as a stand-alone unit or part of the iSchool domain. Contact the Help Desk for more information.
  • School wiki (learn more about Confluence, an enterprise-level wiki)
    • basic training and support are provided; advanced management such as managing groups and membership are managed by the Help Desk; users can manage permissions to pages, and are generally responsible for content and style management.

Web Presence

Databases

  • DB Light (for training and small sized): Limited DB space mostly for training, testing, and small use is available on the I drive (10-30 MBs). The "I" drive space comes with scripting, indexing, and DB options that need to be enabled by the user.
  • Further DB space is available for a cost from iSchool IT (see "server space." For large space requirements, contact the Help Desk.).

Email and Mailing List for Project and Workgroup Communications

  • Mailing list
    • options to moderate, simply receive in email, or archive are available. Contact the Help Desk to request a mailing list for a project.

Collaborative Work Tools

Meetings and Communications

  • School Meeting Room in Blackboard Collaborate offered by the Instructional Technology & Design Office.

    • In addition to scheduled online courses, this service can be used for research groups, on-campus courses, workshops, office hours, and more.
    • For questions or to book a session with Blackboard Collaborate, please contact the Help Desk.
  • Speaker Phone: Generally, conference calls up to 6 people can be handled in-house (based on cost per call).
  • Basic and limited video conferencing, with minimal support is available in-house for free.

Hardware and Software


Additional Resources

Server Space

Collaborative Work Tools

  • University toolbox includes text messaging, eNewsletters, page components, surveys and forms, skin designs, and calendars

Meetings and Communications

Survey Tools

Hardware and Software