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New DataLab: using your workspace
Do not store files in any other folders. Other members of your project cannot see files if you store them in other drives. Files stored outside of the Project and Output drives are destroyed every 30 days as part of DataLab security protocols.
Refreshing your network drives. If your network drives do not appear in File Explorer, you can click the Refresh Network shortcut on the desktop. A confirmation message appears when this has been successfully refreshed.
Accessing your data files
To access the data files for your project, use the My Data Products shortcut on your desktop.
The My Data Products folder displays only the products approved for your project.
Selecting the Products drive shows you the short name of all data loaded to the DataLab. However, if you try to open a file that is not approved for your project you are denied access and receive an error.
Software can be opened using the shortcuts on your desktop or by using search on the Taskbar.
All researchers have access to these applications in the DataLab:
If required, you can also request:
Microsoft Word and Excel are not currently available, as these applications require a internet connection, which is not supported in a secure system like new DataLab. The versions which worked in old DataLab are no longer available. We are reviewing options on how to support this software within our secure system.
Firefox and Edge are available to support access for Databricks (which is under development) and for Jupyter notebooks to use Python/R. These browsers cannot be used to browse the internet.
If a package in your statistical software choice is not available, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org describing the package required. Managing your R packages explains how you can manage R packages using the RStudio package manager shortcut on your desktop.
To open a PDF, right click and choose open with Adobe Acrobat Reader. Due to a default setting in Microsoft, if you double click, the system automatically uses Microsoft Edge to open any PDF file.
Managing your R packages
If you are working with a specific set of R packages, you can manage these using the RStudio package manager shortcut on your desktop.
In the R Package Manager , click Get Started to take you to the available packages. You can use this tool to search for packages (in the left column) and install the R packages you want to use for your project. If the packages you need are not listed, email your request to email@example.com.
Sign out or Lock your DataLab session
When you walk away from your computer or are finished with your DataLab session, you must either lock your work station or sign out of your account to ensure nobody else accesses your DataLab account. Click the Windows menu in the bottom left corner and select the person icon to select Lock or Sign out.
Lock if you need to leave your computer for a short length of time. To log back in use the dot menu at the top of your virtual session.
When expanded select Ctrl+Alt+Del, and re-enter your credentials.
Sign out to leave your workspace session. This closes your session but does not end any programs you have running. Your programs will continue to run until 10pm that night, or longer if you have selected the Bypass option in the portal.
Signing out returns you to the Citrix workspace portal, where you can either close the browser window or Log Out of the portal using the icon in the top right corner (with your initial). To log back in, see Logging into the portal and workspace.
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1406.0.55.007 - DataLab, User Guide
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