What is iSusLab?
iSusLab is the online communication and collaboration environment for the Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies. It's there to make it easier to do multidisciplinary research by sharing data and ideas.
Access to information can be restricted to as many or as few people as necessary. All connections between you and iSusLab use industry-standard 256-bit encryption, and all data is hosted on-site at the University of Bath for maximum security.
It's based on a platform called Sakai which is in use in higher education all over the world. Sakai is open-source, which means it's constantly being developed and updated by the people who know it best: its users.
You can access it from work, from home or from anywhere with an internet connection, using only a web-browser.
How does it work?
iSusLab is split up into separate areas known as worksites (or just sites). Each site has its own list of users who are granted access, and different levels of permissions can be assigned to different users on a per-site basis. This makes it easy to restrict access to a particular project to as many or as few people as possible: vital if confidential information is involved.
There are a wide range of collaboration tools available:
- mailing lists;
- and many more.
Each site can use one or more of these to provide exactly the tools you need for a particular project. It can be as simple or as comprehensive as you need.
What can I use it for?
Because of its flexible nature, how you use iSusLab is really only limited by your imagination. However, here are a few ideas to get you started.
- Share data, analysis, reports and presentations with co-workers;
- Archive important email discussions;
- Take and archive notes;
- Write papers in collaboration;
- Manage a shared bibliography.
- Schedule meetings, deadlines and other important dates;
- Archive project plans and other documents for future reference;
- Collaborate on reports;
- Run a mailing list to keep in touch and archive correspondence.
- Publish information online;
- Share blogs and podcasts;
- Share and archive session plans.
How can I access it?
Accessing iSusLab is easy. Just visit http://isuslab.bath.ac.uk/ in your web browser.
- If you have a University of Bath username click the "Login" link in the top right corner;
- If you don't, email email@example.com to request an account. Once you have an account, use the "Non-university users" link to log in.
How can I get help?
Each tool has a help button in the top-right corner. Clicking on this will bring up information on how to use that tool.
Help & support site
There is an open-access worksite where you can find written and video guides to specific tasks and get answers to your questions.
N.B. You may need to log into iSusLab before you visit this link for it to work correctly.
This will prompt you to join the Help & support site, after which it will appear in the green sites bar at the top every time you visit iSusLab.
One-to-one support and training
If the existing resources still don't answer your questions please contact Jez Cope.
Telephone: +44(0)1225 385827