Also note: The Duke OIT site license page includes information about obtaining software packages for which the university has a site license, allowing members of the university community to download and install the software to personal machines. Many of the above packages are available to be installed on personal machines in this manner.
In general, priority for use of the Data & GIS lab machines is given to users with projects that require the specific software or hardware offered in the lab. During busy periods and when others are waiting, individuals without such needs may be asked to relocate to a less specialized lab space.
The computers in the lab are periodically unavailable in order to undergo maintenance. The maintenance schedule is designed to avoid the busiest times in the lab, but on evenings in the weekends there may be many hours when the computers are unavailable.
As is the case in many lab environments, the computers in the Data & GIS cluster are set to clear files saved on the C: drive (including the "Desktop" and "My Documents" folders) automatically. There are, however, several alternative file storage options.
It is expected that, from time to time, lab users will have long-running processes that will need to be accommodated. We ask that you try to take advantage of times when the lab is not busy and others are not waiting to use the computers. Please also be aware that the computers will be unavailable during some late evening hours on the weekends for scheduled maintenance. You may wish to split files when possible to reduce the time between saving points and minimize the likelihood of losing work.
Lab users with a scanning project (especially one that is related to data analysis or visualization) have priority on the scanning workstation.
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