Quick Start

guides to get you going

Research Data Directory

SESYNC provides a large, shared file store to host data for all projects. Project participants have access to the research data directory for their project from our compute servers, a web portal, a desktop application for syncing, and SSH. The directory name will be based off your project’s short-title. In the examples below, we use the short title cooltrees for a hypothetical project about urban green spaces.

For large uploads (i.e. more than 10GB), please use a SFTP client for faster and secure data transfer. See our Quick Start guide on Bulk Uploads and Downloads by SFTP for recommendations and useage details.

For postdocs and staff at SESYNC, additional options are in our internal Wiki.

RStudio/Jupyter Server and other Linux Machines

Any research data directory you have permission to access is available at the filesystem path /nfs/cooltrees-data. Please note, these directories won’t appear within the /nfs directory unless you recently navigated there (i.e. cd /nfs/cooltrees-data will work even when ls /nfs does not show the directory). The path is the same on all our Linux systems, including virtual machines and the RStudio Server.

Windows VM

Virtual machines you access through https://desktop.sesync.org are pre-configured with a mapped network drive pointing to your research data directory. Mapping creates a drive letter linked to \\storage.research.sesync.org\cooltrees-data. To re-create the map (e.g. to change the drive letter), click the file explorer icon in the task bar (folder icon). Then right-click “This PC” & choose “map network drive”. In the “folder” space, type \\storage.research.sesync.org\cooltrees-data.

For computers not on SESYNC’s internal network, use a sync client to keep a local folder up to date with your research data directory.

Web Browser

All research data directories are accessible from your web browser—via a portal that provides upload, download, sharing, and other common file operations.

  1. Log in at https://files.sesync.org with your SESYNC username and password.
  2. Open the folder corresponding to your project (i.e. cooltrees-data)
  3. Upload\download\organize data.

Over SSH

  1. Connect to SESYNC’s Linux gateway with any SFTP client or via SSH using your SESYNC credentials:
    • Host: ssh.sesync.org
    • Username: %YOUR SESYNC USERNAME%
    • Password: %YOUR SESYNC PASSWORD%
    • Port: 22
  2. Change remote path to your research data directory with cd /nfs/cooltrees-data.