This page is to provide a step-by-step overview of how to work effectively in the MAVRL for new students and postdocs. We are a highly IT-enabled group that uses the latest technologies to work effectively. We use the following:
You should first read the admin guide to understand expectations and policies with regards to working procedures.
Then, briefly read publishing to get a very quick overview of the standards that are expected for papers and presentations. It is extremely important that you come back to this list when you write your papers and do your presentations. Under no circumstances should you submit papers or presentations that do not meet these minimum standards.
Check Group jobs page to find out the list of group jobs and the group members in charge.
Enter your contact details into the Contact list. You should provide a cell number where you can be reached at all times. Rest assured that no one will use this unless it is absolutely urgent to contact you.
Our group allows you to buy a computer. It is highly encouraged that you use a Mac laptop as it facilitates other group members helping you if you run into problems. Configurations should be reasonable - mid-range CPU and good RAM, a SSD (do not bother with non-SSD hard drives, even though they are cheaper). Send your proposed configuration for approval before purchase.
See computing guide.
Contact the Backup Manager and set up Crashplan for your laptop. This should be the first thing you do after your initial Mac setup. See computing guide.
Contact the relevant group members (see Group jobs) to set up your accounts on Github (Software Manager), Dropbox (Backup Manager), mavrldb (DB Manager), and mavrldata (Data Manager), and our compute clusters (Cluster Manager). Read the computing guide to understand what each of these does. Follow the instructions there to setup your cluster for computations.
We use various messaging and document sharing apps for internal-group communication platform. For messaging, MAVRL mailing list is the tool for email mass texting while slack is a useful app for research discussion based on the projects. We also use Dropbox for document sharing, Google calendar for schedule sharing and Mendeley for references sharing. Contact Backup Manager for new user settings of the following accounts.
@<name>function (similar to that in other platforms like Facebook and WeChat).