GIS & Data Lab
The GIS & Data Lab, housed on the 1st floor of Rotch Library (7-238), is available for use during Rotch’s operating hours. Computers and in-person help is available for the MIT Community only. See Data Services for more info on how to get help.
Using the lab
A valid MIT ID is required for access to the lab. The lab may occasionally be reserved in part or full for workshops. Information on closures for workshops will be posted on this website.
The GIS & Data Lab is open to all MIT community members. A reservation is required if you will be using a computer remotely.
- Computers: 16 are available in the Lab and 1 in the XR space (reserved for immersive technologies and group work). In-person access is available during Rotch’s operating hours (see Covid-19 updates above for info on remote access). MIT Athena (kerberos) is required for login on all computers.
- Higher performance computers: 4 of the 16 computers have an additional 32GB ram (64GB), an extra NVIDIA GeForce 1080Ti graphics card, and additional disk space. These machines are intended to support long-term processing jobs.
Upon logging off, all files will be cleared. For temporary data storage, utilize the shared drives, accessible via the File Explorer path: This PC > UserData[# of computer] > UserFiles > and create a folder using your kerberos name (this allows staff to contact you). Mislabeled folders will be deleted. The GIS & Data lab is not an archive and data could be deleted at any time; be sure to properly manage and back up your data. For help with data management or storage, contact Data Management Services.
Computers should never be shut down to allow for shared drive access at all times (locking of machines is allowed during remote access only).
GIS & Data Lab computers can be used remotely during the following times:
- Weekends (6pm Friday – 10am Monday)
- When Rotch Library is closed for an extended period of time (holidays, Institute breaks, etc.)
- While running an analysis, process, etc. that takes longer than 1 day
- If a personal circumstance prevents you from coming to the lab in person (sickness, extended remote working arrangement, etc.)
To use a computer remotely, you MUST email email@example.com to schedule a reservation BEFORE beginning your work.
- Use of installed software on the computers takes priority over other uses of the machines. See full list of software below.
- A reservation is required if you will not be using a computer in-person. Reservations cannot be made for more than 1 week, but can be renewed if a computer is available.
- If you do not renew a reservation the computer will be re-started so that others may use it.
- GIS staff are not responsible for monitoring the computer. We will place a sign on computers that are being used remotely. But, the GIS & Data lab is open to all MIT community members and computers could accidentally get re-started or unplugged.
The following software is installed on all computers unless otherwise indicated. Use of licensed software is restricted to members of the MIT community for the purposes of research, education, and scholarship. Additional software may be requested pending relevance, cost, and licensing terms by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Use of licensed software is restricted to members of the MIT community for the purposes of research, education, and scholarship. Under MIT’s licenses, users generally may not:
- redistribute the software or materials or permit use to anyone other than a member of the MIT community.
- remove, obscure, or modify any copyright or other notices included in the software or materials.
- use the software or materials for commercial purposes.
Leaving MIT: When a member of the organization terminates affiliation with the organization or a member’s affiliation with the organization is terminated by the organization or a person not affiliated with the organization leaves campus, the member or person must destroy all personal copies of the software or derived data. Users are individually responsible for compliance with these terms.