Online Collaboration at NCEAS
- Contact: help [at] nceas.ucsb.edu (NCEAS Computing staff)
We provide several different tools and resources that make it easier for Working Groups to share information and collaborate both during their time at NCEAS and after they have returned to their respective institutions. For help with any of these services, contact a member of our computing staff directly or send them a collective email at help [at] nceas.ucsb.edu.
Private Web Areas
Each Working Group is entitled to a dedicated web area hosted on our servers. This service allows group members to download shared documents, references, data, and other files using a web browser. Group websites may be password-protected to prevent public access to data and documents that are under development.
Archived Email Lists
We can set up email lists to manage communication among Working Group members. This makes it easier to ensure that all collaborators are receiving messages at their current addresses. In addition, all messages are threaded and archived. These archives can be linked to the group home page and viewed with a web browser.
Shared Server Accounts
Working Groups, or more often a point-person in the group, can obtain a secure account on one of our servers. These accounts can be used to manage the private web areas, provide FTP access to files, run remote analyses, and/or interact with a database management system. Alternatively, the "visitor" account is a useful way to share files rapidly without needing to set up a new account. For data security, the contents of these accounts are archived on our nightly tape backups.
We have multiple video conferencing  systems available for use upon request.