Technology Guide for Researchers
Running a high-functioning research environment requires a core set of building blocks. DoIT can help faculty and researchers set up their research program with the help of the resources listed below.
Research Computing and Campus Collaboration
Sponsored through the Office of the CIO, the Research Computing Initiative facilitates collaborative partnerships across the UW-Madison campus to enhance our research infrastructure. A cross-campus group of researchers and technical staff provides guidance on how to best align campus cyber-infrastructure resources with current and future needs. The initiative also sponsors educational seminars and workshops, hosts an email listserv, conducts strategic planning and provides project support.
UW-Madison has invested considerable resources to ensure that the research and educational content produced on our campus can be shared efficiently with the global community. The robust nature of our campus network, which provides 10 Gbps backbone connections, enables us to exchange massive amounts of data with other research institutions through Internet2 and BOREAS Net.
Server and Data Storage Hosting
Rather than trying to set up your own server storage environment, leave it to the experts. DoIT can provide a secure, climate-controlled environment for running your applications and storing critical data and information. Our hosting services include database and Web hosting, servers, output management and printing.
Many campus departments have found My WebSpace to be an effective way to store, share and/or collaborate on files with others across the hall or across the globe. Rather than putting data on hard media (e.g., flash drives) or sending large email attachments, My WebSpace lets users store files, data or graphics online where they can be accessed from any computer with an Internet connection.
Collaboration With Campus Colleagues
DoIT is a key partner in a campus-wide initiative to help align local, national and international information technology resources with the needs of campus researchers. Through workshops, seminars, email lists and other activities, the Research@Madison group provides many opportunities to share your ideas and learn from colleagues.
Specialized Software and Licensing Programs
The DoIT Tech Store and WISC offer dozens of software applications at discounted prices. DoIT also provides a variety of specialized licensing services and can help individual researchers take advantage of group licensing options available to the Madison campus and UW System. In addition, several research-oriented software and computing services are available.
Transana is free software developed at UW-Madison for the transcription and qualitative analysis of digital video or audio data. Transana lets you analyze and manage your data in very sophisticated ways.
Grant Administration Tool
UW-Madison uses grants.gov to assist faculty in applying for and administering federal government grants. Partnering with Research and Sponsored Programs in the Graduate School, DoIT is helping to provide access to services such as grants.gov and to provide other research administration services for faculty.
Qualtrics Survey Hosting Service
Qualtrics is a Web-based survey service available to all UW-Madison faculty, staff and students. No independent account creation or subscription is required. Qualtrics allows users to create surveys, collect and store data, and produce reports. Users can access the system at survey.wisc.edu. This URL provides links for general information about the service, best practices and logging in.
MINDS@UW is a digital content repository developed jointly by UW-Madison Libraries and DoIT. It is a searchable, digital collection of materials submitted by faculty and staff from UW campuses across the state. MINDS@UW houses material in a variety of digital formats from a growing array of academic disciplines.