Data Tools & Services
Data Tools & Services
Here you can find information about tools for data analysis and data-related services available at Aalto University.
Storage and Computational Services
Below you can find storage and computational services that can be of use when working with data.
- Find the best storage option for you available at Aalto.
- To find a detailed list of software available on workstations on campus, see Aalto IT Windows Classroom Software List (Aalto login required).
- Many applications are also available for installation on a personal research workstation or laptop for staff and students from download.aalto.fi.
- More information about installation of software is available for Aalto Mac, Aalto Linux and Aalto Windows workstations.
Centrally managed Windows workstations are available for students in almost all buildings on campus, and some buildings also have rooms with Linux workstations. Remote access is possible through Aalto VDI.
Read more about the IT services for students and IT-classrooms. A comprehensive list of which applications (including the data analysis software) is installed in which locations is available on the Wiki page (Aalto login required).
The data room Q301 (3rd floor Väre/Arts Building) provides access to Eikon, Datastream, SDC Platinum, and Morningstar. The workstations are only available through Aalto VDI. See the Wiki page for more details (Aalto login required).
VDI is an interface that you can use on your own computer to access the computers located at the Aalto University Campus (see the two previous links). Use of VDI requires Aalto credentials.
Triton is the high-performance computing cluster at Aalto. Access is free for all Aalto researchers. See the Wiki page for more information (Aalto login required).
Aalto now provides a secure environment called SECDATA for computing and storage of health and sensitive personal information. SECDATA is managed by Aalto IT and has been approved by FINDATA, the Finnish authority that grants permits for the secondary use of social and health care data. Potential use cases include research with Aalto ethics committee approval or FINDATA permit, for example with data from health monitoring devices, or with health records of individuals.
Projects running on SECDATA get dedicated virtual Ubuntu Linux environments which allow GPU computing and can be accessed through Aalto accounts. The data transfer in and out of the system takes place by communicating with system admins. The environment supports coding software like R and Python.
All people with an Aalto ID are provided with a backed up network disk, which is connected to the ID. This can be accessed using any Aalto device, or by using VPN on your own device. Note that the network disk is not device specific.
To read more, see the instructions for file storage space for work and studies.
Researchers, research groups and projects can use the specific TeamWork file service. This service can also be utilized for teaching. The TeamWork disk space can be used from workstations and servers, and it can be shared among several users. The disk space is visible in the same way as the computer’s own local disk, and it is adjusted to meet the needs of each group.
Secwork is Aalto University's internal secure data storage, which is strictly access controlled and monitored. This data storage is intended for storing sensitive data.
Dropbox Business is available for Aalto staff. To use Dropbox see instructions for accessing Aalto Dropbox.
Aalto Data Agents
Aalto Electronic Laboratory Notebook (ELN)
Electronic Laboratory Notebook (ELN) is a reliable, secure, and user-friendly browser-based Electronic Laboratory Notebook application. It a useful tool for researchers to capture, organize, and manage experiments. It also improves documentation, preservation of research information, collaboration and harmonization of work practices within research groups at Aalto.
Aalto Materials Digitalization Platform
Aalto Materials Digitalization Platform (AMAD) is an open materials data infrastructure provided at Aalto University. As a modular digital notebook and research platform, AMAD facilitates data collection, data management, procedure tracking, post-processing, dissemination of results and sharing of materials informatics with collaborators.
The Learning Centre provides access to a large collection of electronic resources and printed materials in Aalto University fields of research. All the electronic and printed materials can be found in Aalto-Primo. When you login with Aalto University account, you can access licensed content also outside the campus.
Aalto University Archive collections and catalogues
Research Data Management (RDM) and Open Science
Good research data management enables open science. Aalto University provides services, instructions and support to help researchers manage their data well. These pages are a collection of instructions and services available at Aalto, with links to selected external instructions added on.