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SERDA Frequently Asked Questions

How can I work with SERDA?

Do you have a user guide for working with SERDA?

What machine can I get in SERDA?

What analytical software is available in SERDA?

Can I bring my own tools or download new tools (i.e. R package) to SERDA?

How can I get data into the SERDA desktop?

Can I get data out of the SERDA desktop?

 


How can I work with SERDA?

A study team can have designated SERDA desktop(s) allocated to the team member(s) who need access. Researchers access their SERDA desktop via Citrix (either Citrix App web site or Citrix Workspace). A secondary URMC account is required to login to the SERDA desktop. SERDA has its own private and secure network storage (RSSFile), in which each study has a project folder. Only authorized study team members may have shared access to the project folder. The CTSI will work with study teams to create accounts, and prepare SERDA desktop(s) and study folder(s) on RSSFile during the onboarding process.

Do you have a user guide for working with SERDA?

Yes, there is a SERDA Quick Start Guide. You will need a URMC Box account to see this document.

What machine can I get in SERDA?

SERDA provides two standard types of virtual machines: 4 vCPU with 8 GB RAM, 8 vCPU with 16 GB RAM. The virtual machine has Windows 10 OS installed. Mac and Linux are NOT available for SERDA desktop.

What analytical software is available in SERDA?

Analytical software that is commonly used in data analysis for research is provided in SERDA via the University’s Software Center. Available open-source tools and licensed software, include:

  • SAS
  • SPSS
  • JMP
  • MATLAB
  • R Studio
  • Python
  • Microsoft Office
  • DBeaver
  • PowerBI Desktop
  • Stata

Can I bring my own tools or download new tools (i.e. R package) to SERDA?

Researchers are able to download R packages, Python libraries, etc., into their own SERDA desktop to meet their analytical needs.

How can I get data into the SERDA desktop?

You have READ-ONLY access to your home directory (H drive) on your SERDA desktop. Files can be copied to the H drive first outside SERDA, and then copied from H drive to SERDA desktop.

Can I get data out of the SERDA desktop?

Yes, only de-identified analytical outcomes, including charts, tables, data files, etc., can be exported from SERDA. Principle investigators are fully responsible for reviewing and approving the artifact export requested by their study team members. Please refer to the SERDA Quick Start Guide for the process of exporting artifact from SERDA.