Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Research IT events

Along with various partners like Nvivo and Amazon, we are hosting a number of events where you get a chance to meet the research computing support team, research software engineers, you can talk about your research IT needs and get advice on best practices for your research. Whether you are interested in Qualitative Analysis, Data Analysis or High performance computing, there is an event to help you get the most out of research IT facilities.

Booking information to follow.

Upcoming events


Join us for the official launch of the Sheffield Advanced Research Computer (ShARC), and learn more about High Performance Computing (HPC) at our HPC@Sheffield event. This is an excellent event for people who are new to this area and want to find out more.

Find out how Sheffield researchers are currently using HPC and hear from industry experts about new HPC technologies.In our poster competition you’ll also have the chance to win prizes donated by Intel. The closing date is Friday 24 March. More information to follow.  

When: Tuesday 4 April

Where: Firth Hall


We’re hosting a day long event with the developers of NVivo, QSR international, to help with your Qualitative Analysis. 

You can attend a seminar on using NVivo, get expert advice on your current projects, and speak to QSR representatives about any questions you may have. If you’re new to NVivo you will have the chance to try the software. 

Take part in our poster competition and s
how us how you’re using NVivo in your research. First prize is £400 towards the academic conference registration of your choosing. The closing date is Tuesday 28 February, find out more information here

When: Tuesday 4 April

Where: ICOSS, 219 Portobello

Amazon workshop

Take part in an Amazon immersion event.

Set up a small HPC cluster in a hands on session using Amazon EC2 for research, and learn more administering research facilities on Amazon for the research community.

The second half of the day will comprise two breakout sessions:

1. Accessing EC2 a hands on session where researchers can set up machines on Amazon thre will also be an opportunity to set up a small HPC cluster on Amazon using Alces flight.

2. Administering research facilities on Amazon for the research community; using S3 storage, integrating local infrastructure with Amazon to cloud burst when resources are required on demand.

When: Thursday 20 April

Where: Venue and booking details to be confirmed.

More information to follow.

Friday, 20 January 2017

Team Drives are here

You may have noticed a new feature in your Google Drive called Team Drives. Team Drives are shared spaces where your team can store files and guarantee that every member has the most up-to-date information.  

The best feature of Team Drives is that if a document’s owner moves teams or leaves the University, the document doesn’t go with them so your team doesn’t lose access. 

Team Drives also make onboarding easy, because every person and Google Group added to a Team Drive gets instant access to that team’s documents.

To set up your Team Drive, click Team Drives under My Drive. Name your Team Drive, then click on to add members.

Manage access controls by clicking on the arrow next to your Team Drive’s name and click Manage members. You can give team members different levels of access, either for the whole drive or for individual docs.

Deleted files are also moved to the Team Drive bin, meaning they can be easily recovered. Files that haven’t been recovered are permanently deleted after 30 days.

Team Drive themes also let you customise the space to suit your team.