Research Services

Service Name Related Categories
CTools Project Sites

CTools project sites are multipurpose and can be used to facilitate collaboration between researchers or student teams, or by staff to support business processes.

FileMaker

LSA IT provides FileMaker Server database hosting for LSA-affiliated faculty, staff, and units.

Globus File Transfer

Globus is a cloud-based fast, reliable and secure file transfer service that allows researchers to copy files between a laptop, lab server, research computing center, national supercomputing facility or any other storage system, using just a browser. Just start a transfer between systems and walk away. U-M is also a Globus Provider, enabling data sharing between other Globus users.

LSA Advocacy

Advocates act as consultants in LSA departments to support the technology needs of faculty, staff and students. An LSA IT Advocate provides:

  • Personal attention to and focus on a specific departments’ IT needs.
  • Help navigating the IT landscape.
  • Shepherding of IT solutions that address their technology needs.
LSA ArcGIS Enterprise Service

The ArcGIS Enterprise Service provides members of LSA with access to enterprise-level data collaboration, sharing, and management features. The service supports enterprise geodatabases, web services, and distributed geoprocessing or geoanalytics.

LSA Desktop Backup with CrashPlan

LSA provides accounts on the ITS Desktop Backup service (CrashPlan) free of charge to LSA faculty, staff, graduate student instructors (GSI), and graduate student research assistants (GSRA) using university-owned equipment. CrashPlan is used to automatically back-up, and make available for restore, critical data stored on personal computers that isn't stored elsewhere.

LSA Faculty, Lab, & Research Websites (FLR)

LSA IT, in partnership with LSA Web Services, developed a service that allows faculty members at U-M, labs, minor programs, and other areas of LSA to develop an easily editable, U-M branded website.

LSA Field IT Equipment Evaluation and Demonstration Program

Mobile hardware and software for your field work, whether it is using GIS, gathering data outdoors, conducting door-to-door surveys, or visiting archives. Researchers can borrow and evaluate state-of-the-art IT solutions, as well as receive guidance on best-practices; a try-before-you-buy approach.

LSA High Performance Computing

LSA IT Advocacy and Research Support staff provide help utilizing campus-wide and local cluster computing resources for research, including training classes and workshops for the entire U-M community.

LSA Management Information Systems (MIS)

The Management Information Systems team develops and maintains administrative information systems on behalf of the College and its departments. Additionally, MIS staff perform ad hoc administrative data retrieval and analysis for LSA departments and for the Dean's Office. 

LSA Research and Instrumentation Computer Backups with Acronis

Acronis provides a central backup repository for research and instrumentation computers running Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7 and 8. Linux and Mac OS X based workstations are not eligible at this time. The service offers a disaster-recovery/bare-metal restore when standard file-based backup is not adequate enough for the workstation used to manage the instrument.

LSA Research Programming & Applications

LSA IT Advocacy and Research Support staff are happy to provide custom IT design and development resources to support research activities.

LSA Research Storage

LSA IT has partnered with ITS to offer up to two terabytes (2 TB) of storage to LSA faculty, LSA lecturers, and LSA GSRA/GSRI without cost to the individual or department. 

LSA Research Support

LSA IT Advocacy and Research Support staff are happy to provide 4 programs under the "Research Support" service:

  • Data management
  • Device integration
  • Procurement
  • Technology consulting for proposals and grants
LSA Web Hosting Environment (WHE)

LSA's Web Hosting Environment (WHE) offers a commercial type webhosting platform for LSA faculty and staff. This service uses cPanel and is most useful primarily for those technically-inclined users with very specific software needs. 

MiVideo MiVideo

MiVideo is a content management service. It helps organize, catalog, share, search, and publish multimedia content. Management consoles make it easy to tag and filter content, as well as control access. MiVideo offers better security than free third-party vendors. Instructors can use MiVideo for free through the Learning Management Systems (Canvas and Blackboard). Departments can purchase the service to support Research and Marketing/Communications efforts.

Research Administration Application Services

The Research Administration Application Services consist of technologies and tools which support the business services used to manage the University’s research enterprise. Services are provided using a vendor-licensed software platform that is heavily configured to the specific needs of the University. Collectively, this suite of web-based applications is known as eResearch.

Research HPC

Flux is the first university-wide, shared computational discovery or high-performance computing (HPC) service. It is designed to support both compute- and data-intensive research. Instead of the common practice of researchers owning the equipment, Flux uses an allocation approach that enables researchers to have faster access to HPC services.

Responsible Conduct of Research and Scholarship

Responsible Conduct of  Research and Scholarship (RCRS) uses special CTools site templates, structured educational content tools and assessment tools to deliver training and assessment on research and scholarship ethical issues. This service may be used to certify that training requirements in this area have been met.

Turbo Research Storage

Turbo Research Storage offers scalable storage to U-M researchers. The service provides NFSv3 and NFSv4 access. Turbo offers two security levels, one for some types of sensitive data, and one for non-sensitive data. Performance is intended to be sufficient for both IO operations and build file access