Computing & Collaboration Technology

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Meeting & Collaboration Technology

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC)’s standard meeting and collaboration technology offered to all working groups includes a group mailing list, collaborative document editing space, and support for on- and off-site teleconferencing. Detailed instructions for using these resources are available on our Research Support Site.

  • Group Mailing List. All participants are added to a mailing list for the project team. Unless additional members are requested, the membership list will reflect the attendees indicated on the online meeting planner, including remote participants. Mailing lists can be managed by connecting to
  • Collaboration Site. Each project team is allocated a web-accessible document collaboration site on for sharing office-style documents. You can find a link to your group’s document site on the Group Resources page.
  • Tele/Videoconferencing Support. SESYNC supports remote participants via telephone or video using Microsoft Lync in all conference rooms. We can also support fully virtual meetings for groups wishing to meet online; please see our Research Support Site for instructions on booking online meetings.

Computational Resources

SESYNC’s cyberinfrastructure (CI) program exists to serve the hardware, software, and data needs of the Center and its supported research; enhance onsite and remote collaboration; and facilitate the provision of technical resources needed to produce actionable science. SESYNC’s CI team will discuss anticipated cyber support needs during the project’s initial priming call.

The following is a brief list of services available to supported researchers. Please see our Research Support Site for a more comprehensive list of services and guides. All resources are accessible both onsite and remotely.

  • File Storage. SESYNC provides multi-terabyte (TB) storage for large data sets that need to be shared between working group participants or connected to SESYNC resources. Remote access is provided via Allocated storage can also be made available locally on all allocated virtual machines or RStudio.
  • Database Access. SESYNC provides access to MySQL and PostgreSQL for onsite researchers and working groups.
  • GIS Support. Access to virtual machines with GIS processing software, as well as support for PostgreSQL PostGIS extensions, is available.
  • R Support. SESYNC provides remote access to RStudio and a Shiny application server for developing and running R code on large-memory, multi-core computers. SESYNC-hosted databases can be accessed by these servers. As per our data policy, any code developed at SESYNC must be released open source by the time of project completion. We will gladly work with groups to assist them in publishing their code in an open manner.
  • Application Development. SESYNC is able to provide consulting support for the prototyping of socio-environmental applications. Due to the intense effort involved, we are only able to support applications that have matching external support and that can be utilized by a broad community.
  • Virtual Desktop. SESYNC is able to provision virtual workstations for working groups requiring access to large-memory, multi-core computers. Remote desktop and Secure Shell (SSH) access is available to these machines.
  • Scheduled Cluster. Researchers have access to a scheduled cluster which they can use to execute long run or parallel computing jobs. This cluster is able to access any databases or shared file storage that has been allocated to groups.

Additionally, SESYNC offers supported researchers an array of utilities to assist in project management. These may include, but are not limited to, software code repositories, project and bug tracking services, automated testing services, and development platforms for debugging software. While we encourage all groups to use fully open development environments, we recognize that at startup, a closed environment may be preferable.

Training & Workshops

SESYNC offers multi-day workshops on data science, Bayesian methods, Agent-Based Modeling, and Network Analysis and holds summer computational institutes for teams of researchers who would like more individualized computational assistance. Workshop opportunities are advertised, and most are open to participants from anywhere in the world.

Click here for SESYNC's Cyberinfrastructure Support Information and Policies.