SUBMITTING A REQUEST
To interrogate a CURF, a request (code) must be submitted. All requests are run in batch mode. Interactive (or point-and-click) processing is not available in the RADL.
After connecting to the RADL, submit a request by clicking on the 'Submit new request' link from the navigator on the RADL Home page. This will take you to the New Microdata Request form which contains the following fields:
Job name: enter a name for your job, this will help you recognise the job when checking your output
Description: enter a description for your job, this is not a mandatory field and can be left blank
Language (drop-down box): select the statistical language that will be used. Note the Innovation languages must be used with the Innovation CURF
Microdata: select the CURF dataset that you will be using
Source code: source code can be submitted via a plain text file (.txt), a SAS (.sas) file or a Stata (.do) file saved to your computer. This is done by clicking on the 'Browse...' button and locating the code file that will be used. Alternatively you can manually enter your code by clicking on the 'Enter Code...' button
Estimated execution time: jobs should be run as normal (< 10 minutes) in most cases. If your jobs are timing out or you are running complex modelling, select Long (>=10 minutes)
Notify by email when complete? select 'yes' if you want to receive an email notifying you once your job has completed
Submit: when all fields have been completed click 'submit'.
Note that all fields marked with an asterisk on the form are mandatory.
Once all the mandatory fields have been completed, the user can submit their request for processing by pressing Submit. If the confirmation screen has not been turned off in the user's personal profile the following screen will appear. This screen confirms the details of the job that is about to be submitted. If the request is correct press OK, otherwise press Cancel to return to the request.
Once a request has been submitted (i.e. by pressing OK), the user will be directed to a new screen which provides a number of options, including submitting another request, checking the status of previous requests, and logging out of the RADL. Each option can be activated by clicking on the relevant underlined text. If the submission screen has been turned off you will be taken to the screen which shows your requests sorted by job name. For more information see the Managing your user profile section of this manual.
Status: this field is updated as the status of the job changes. For example, New Request, Complete, Failed, etc. Press refresh in your browser to update the status
Requestor: this field refers to the person who submitted the job. Users can only see their own jobs
Submitted: this field states the date and time that a job was submitted
Retention Period: refers to how many days a submitted job will be accessible via the RADL. Users can modify the retention period in a number different ways. For more detail on the ways to modify the retention period see the Changing job retention periods section of this manual.
Each request submitted will be allocated a unique reference number. This is used to assist in the identification of jobs, for example, Reference: 0020. This reference number is appended to the end of all file names produced by the RADL system, for example, output0020.txt.