REDCap Service Launch Announcement

As pre-announced in an earlier post in this blog, REDCap hosting is being launched as a service from ICT today.

REDCap is a data collection and management tool written by a group at Vanderbilt University, and adopted by over 1100 institutions world-wide from Dunedin to Reykjavik, who form the REDCap Consortium. Researchers on campus have been requesting this tool for their research.

The University of Saskatchewan implementation is described on this service page in ICT’s website. There are some restrictions on the use of the service, many having to do with the terms of our agreement signed to allow us to join the REDCap Consortium. Researchers wishing to use the service will complete a form and send that to the service support team.

We will respond with information on how to access the REDCap service and other information on its use. There is currently no charge for the service, and none are anticipated in the future.

For the REDCap service only, please contact REDCap_service@usask.ca with any questions or support requests.

ESRI User Conference to held in Saskatoon

ESRI, the makers of the ArcGIS software, is holding their user conference in Saskatoon on the 16th of September. There are early bird rates available until September 5. Details are available on the conference web site.

Attendees normally pay ~$150. However, the fee for educators/students is $35, which includes a hot lunch and reception. Please note that a valid U of S ID is required to qualify for the reduced rate.

If you are available to present your work (e.g., posters) to the GIS community, please contact André Piasta at apiasta@esri.ca

After you click “Register Now” on the conference site, on the registration page you can select Educator/Student as “attendee type” which should trigger the reduced rate.

Should you have any questions, please contact André Piasta at apiasta@esri.ca.

Access to Schlumberger geoscientific software now possible

The UofS was recently awarded a software grant by Schlumberger (SLB) which provides for access to the PETREL suite of geoscientific software. SLB is one of the world’s largest suppliers of technology and services into the oil and gas exploration/production industry. Included in this grant is the entire ECLIPSE suite for reservoir modeling. This software is recognized as the premier leading edge environment for fluid flow modeling in this specific discipline. To facilitate a broader license provisioning to teaching labs and researchers across/off campus, a new dedicated server (geolicense.usask.ca) has been established to deliver the multiple licenses available. This new license server will be used for other related software systems in the future. For more information contact us at research_computing@usask.ca.

Charges to use DataShare eliminated

As part of our program to support good research data management, charges for Datashare (our research data storage and file sharing platform) have been dropped. This makes the spectrum of services for data storage consistently free for researchers:

Other parts of our research data management services in early stages include:

  • Researcher personal computer backups  (currently in testing phase)
  • Research data security guidelines and tools (in development)
  • Research data management planning