Take 5 provides a shared online space for the IT Community to self-publish with no editing or moderation, and engage in a chat discussion about posted updates through a built-in Slack integration.

If you’re part of the IT Community at Stanford, you are encouraged to "Take 5” minutes each day to:

  1. Update your colleagues on this webpage about work you are actively advancing, planning for, or simply considering.
  2. Read updates from your colleagues to stay informed about what’s going on outside your team.
  3. Engage in dynamic conversations in the #take5 channel in the IT at Stanford Slack workspace about the updates you and your colleagues are sharing.

Read this article to learn more about this tool and about how it ties into the broader effort to build a stronger, more connected IT Community.

Updates from the IT Community

Results for the first Stanford Software Survey

Submitted by Vanessa Villamia Sochat

How is open source software used at Stanford? What libraries do researchers think are important, and what libraries are we developing in house?

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Participate in the Stanford Software Survey

Submitted by Vanessa Villamia Sochat

Are you passionate about open source, or open science? Do you want Stanford to be a larger player in the open source ecosystem?

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Snakemake supports Google Life Sciences API

Submitted by Vanessa Villamia Sochat

If you are a fan of Snakemake for running your computational workflows, we have exciting news! I’ve just finished the Google Life Sciences executor, meaning that you can use Google Compute paired with Storage for your Snakemake runs.

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Are you a Research Software Engineer?

Submitted by Vanessa Villamia Sochat

Whether you are member of UIT, or a student, postdoc, or other staff in a lab, you might find that you identify with the cause and community behind US-RSE, the US Research Software Engineer Association (https://us-rse.org/).

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You say you need more research storage? We've got you

Submitted by Ruth Marinshaw

So to finish off the 2019 work year, Stéphane Thiell, Scott Prevost and Darren Travis from the Stanford Research Computing (SRCC) Team spent Friday morning installing and configuring 4U of storage for the SRCC Oak storage platform (cheap and deep research data storage, not for

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HPC/HTC computing: Yes, even Storage Can Be Fun!

Submitted by Ruth Marinshaw

Kilian Cavalotti and Stéphane Thiell from Stanford Research Computing have been busy not quite - but almost - 7x24 not only answering user inquiries but making important improvements to the Sherlock cluster's storage infrastructure and primary filesystem.  You can read all abo

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Just completed user research for the Cloud program

Submitted by Megan Erin Miller

The Service Design team just delivered user research insights to the Cloud program, after having talked with researchers, distributed IT, and conducting a broader survey with administrative staff.

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Research Software Engineering at Stanford

Submitted by Ruth Marinshaw

The Research Software Engineer Stories is a new interview-style podcast designed to spotlight the diverse and interesting people within the national (and international) RSE community.

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