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.
Note that your group’s research data directory is not the same as your
personal home directory, which is only for code and software installations
and has a small storage quota.
The home directory is named
/research-home/(your SESYNC username).
See our cyber resources infographic to learn more.
For postdocs and staff at SESYNC, additional options are in our internal Wiki.
All research data directories are accessible from your web browser—via a portal that provides upload, download, sharing, and other common file operations. 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.
Any research data directory you have permission to access is available in the filesystem
of the server once you’ve logged in. The path will be like
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, the RStudio Server,
and the Jupyter Server.
When you log into the RStudio or Jupyter server, your default working directory is your home
directory. You can navigate to the research data directory either by using a
or, in RStudio, by clicking on the “Go to directory” button in the Files tab and typing
/nfs/cooltrees-data into the dialog box that opens. See image below for the location of the
tricky-to-find button, which has an ellipsis on it.
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”
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.