ResearchDrive Now Available

The UW–Madison Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education (VCRGE) and the Division of Information Technology (DoIT) are excited to announce ResearchDrive, a secure, shareable data storage solution for faculty principal investigators (PIs), permanent PIs, and their research group members.  The new service is the first phase of a Research Cyberinfrastructure strategic initiative that is a collaborative effort with the VCRGE, DoIT, the Research Technology Advisory Group (RTAG), the Libraries, and campus research computing centers to support the growing data and computing needs of researchers.

The university provides each PI with 5 terabytes (TB) available at no cost and additional storage at $200/TB/year including support, training, and onboarding for researchers.  The quota per PI ensures that ResearchDrive is a predictable resource that can be leveraged for faculty recruitments and included in data management plans and grant proposals. ResearchDrive is suited for a variety of research purposes, including storing research data and files, storage for data inputs/outputs of research computing, archiving data, and others.  It is a secure and permanent place to store data and includes security and data protection features based on the NIST Cybersecurity framework such as encryption, snapshots, off-site replication, ransomware protection, and monitoring by the Cybersecurity Operations Center (CSOC).


Link Roundup November 2019

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Jennifer Patiño

World Digital Preservation Day is November 7th and this year’s theme is “At-Risk Digital Materials.”

Researchers at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa uncovered a glitch in a computer program that produced different results depending on operating systems, possibly affecting more than 100 published studies. A good reminder to make sure you have a detailed README file for any code you create!

Wired reports on a study in Science that revealed racial bias in a widely used algorithm that assigned lower levels of care to Black patients in U.S. hospitals. The study shows how by focusing on healthcare costs, the algorithm replicated disparities in access and provides suggestions on reformulating the algorithm.

Kent Emerson

Researchers at UW-Madison’s Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, working on a project called Wisconsin Expansion of Renewable Electricity with Optimization under Long-term Forecasts (WEREWOLF), are producing mathematical models that will help policy makers make decisions about the future of Wisconsin’s renewable energy resources.

The Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University is celebrating its 25th anniversary. During this time, the RRCHNM has produced some of the most widely used open source digital resources including Omeka, Zotero, and Tropy as well as discrete art and art history projects.