Users Guide for the Spatial Analysis Lab (SAL)
SEE ALSO: Lab Schedule
The J:\ Drive:
GIS Datasets: J:\GEO\GEO_data
Class folders: J:\Saldata
The "My Documents" folder has been re-directed to the U:\ drive
Some (less frequently used) software can be found:
Start | Programs | MISC PROGRAMS
Use of the SAL:
The SAL is open 24 hours a day
When a class is in session, students are welcome to use available
computers in the back so long as this is OK with the instructor.
Please NO PRINTING DURING LECTURES
SAL Mission and History
The SAL has been established to provide access to specific hardware, software and databases which enhance instruction in various disciplines where displaying, analyzing and modeling of spatial relationships is a primary goal. Instructors and students in geology, geography, and the environmental sciences and social sciences are able to share these resources and to interact with each other on class projects and individual research efforts. This users guide outlines some of the basic requirements for working in this lab, and gives suggestions on how to make the best use of the facilities. The SAL is operated jointly by Huxley College and the Geology Department. The SAL has been funded, in part, by STF funds.
Originally, the SAL consisted of AH-16. It has now grown to include AH-14 (a mixed classroom/computer lab), AH-24 (a mixed classroom/projects computer lab) and ES-318 (the "Planning Studio"). Each of these rooms are available to students when classes are not scheduled. AH-16 is open 24/7 (though the building may not be).
The SAL computers use the standard WWU Novel login. In addition, some data for classes and/or general spatial analysis is stored on the J:\ drive (servers maintained by Huxley). Access to the J:\ drive is connected to your Novel login: students currently enrolled in a Huxley or Geology class should have access automatically. Other students needing access to the J:\ drive should contact the SAL Lab Manager.
Printing costs (paper and ink) in the SAL are funded by course Lab Fees (GIS, RS, Planning Studio classes, etc.). Effective 2010 printing is the SAL is limited to students currently enrolled in classes paying SAL Lab Fees. Unfortunately there is not a way for us to charge/allow printing access to students who are not currently enrolled in a Lab Fee course. Other printing options on campus include:
ATUS labs (including AH-05) (BW printing)
Student Tech Center (Color and BW printing)
Huxley Map Library (Color and BW printing)
Haggard Hall Copy Center (Color and BW printing)
Note that printing in ATUS labs and/or the Student Tech Center is monitored by student login account (students pay $25.00/quarter). BW prints cost $.05 each (or 500 prints). Color prints cost $.25 each. Extra printing can be purchased to increase the quarterly quota at the self-serve vending machines in Haggard Hall. Huxley Map Library and the Copy Center charge per page.
Three printers are available in the Spatial Analysis
HP-9050 (BW) 2-Sided (the default printer)
HP-8100 (BW) 2-sided (the backup printer)
11x17 (see notes for printing 11x17 inch on the 5si printer)
HP 5550 (Color)
11x17 (manually feed into the fold-down Tray in the front)
Access to the color printer is limited to
certain classes/class projects needing color printing. The color printer is considerably more
expensive than BW. When preparing reports which
include graphics, please use the black and white printers for developing drafts and proof-reading. Use the color printer only when you are fairly certain of being ready
for your final copy. See also the list of color
printing & scanning equipment options at Huxley College.
Canceling a Print Job: If you have submitted a print job and then realized that the results will not be acceptable, you may interrupt the print job by accessing the appropriate print queue as follows:
- Select START/SETTINGS/PRINTERS
- Click on the designated printer
- Select your print job and under the Document Menu
- Click "cancel" to delete it from the list
If it is no longer on the list, it may be processing, in which case, it can be halted by following the instructions posted on the front of the printer.
Be aware that the printing of an excessively large number of sheets, or the printing of inappropriate materials (non-academic content) may lead to a loss of use of the printers to individual account owners. A log of all print jobs contains information on user accounts, number of pages, source documents and a date/time stamp. This log may be checked to determine excessive use.
Additionally, some SAL courses have access to large-format printing for posters and maps.
The computer hard-drives in the SAL contain the application software and operating system files. Users have read/write access to the TEMP folder (subdirectory) on the C:\ hard-drive for use while working on the computer. This C:\TEMP workspace is available to all users and over time can become cluttered with files created and left behind after the users log-out. This workspace should be treated as Temporary storage while you are working on a project. Any later user, at any time, may delete any or all files stored in C:\TEMP so do not store files on C:\temp when you log off (they likely won't be there when you return...). Good computer etiquette would suggest that you remove (delete) your files from C:\TEMP before you logout.
The 31 computers in AH-16 are identical in their software and hardware configuration. Other SAL labs have similar software, though often with some omissions, and occasionally with a few additions (notable in the Planning Studio). See the SAL software list for details.
In addition to the local hard drive (C:\), WWU's network provides access to a number of Network Drives (Servers). Upon logging in to the Novel network, a variety of drive letters will be assigned ('mapped'). While these mapped drives may vary with the individual user's account, the more common are listed below.
The J:\ Drive (Huxley's main server) which has three main components:
The U:\ drive - Network storage space assigned to individual users (1 GB standard)
The S:\ Drive - group project folders (shared accesse)
(talk to Stefan to set up a folder on the S:\ drive for a class)
See also Notes on Mapping Drives
Digital data is stored either on J:\GEO\GEO_data or in class folders on J:\saldata.
Students enrolled in a Huxley or Geology course should have read access to the J:/ drive by default. With the exception of the J:\saldata\Sal_temp folder, students do not have write access.
The J:/Saldata/SAL_temp folder is available for temporary storage space. SAL_temp is on the Saldata server (accessible to all Huxley students and faculty) to facilitate group sharing of project files and to enable the preparation of large datasets for writing to a CD.
The SAL_temp folder is intended for short term usage (such as transferring files from one student or computer to another). The Sal_temp folder IS NOT FOR LONG TERM STORAGE OF FILES and has size restrictions. If/when Sal_temp gets full (and/or periodically for maintenance purposes) any or all files may be deleted. This can happen at any point in time. Please be considerate of other users and delete your files from SAL_temp once you are done with them.
Several members of a project team may share/transfer individual files by placing them into the SAL_temp folder for other team members to copy to their own workstation or to their U: drive for storage. Please DO NOT USE SAL_temp for ongoing team project storage. Groups needing shared folder space should contact stefan to set up a folder on the S:\ drive.
SAL_temp is for temporary storage and space is limited. It is intended for use for minutes or hours, not days or weeks. Don't tie up this space when others are trying to use it. Please remove your files once you are done moving them.
Keep in mind that anyone who can access SAL_temp can also delete files from it (so do not rely on SAL_temp as the only copy of your data).
Be aware of the needs of others; delete your files from SAL_temp when you are through with them. Don't delete others' files when they are trying to share or copy them at other workstations.
If you need to transfer files from one computer to another you can use your U:\ drive (which you can access from any computer on campus).
Projects that require group access to shared files can request a folder on the S:\ drive. This will function as a shared network space (similar to your U:\ drive but accessible to the entire group. Contact stefan for setting up a folder on the S:\ drive.
You can also post files to your website, which works
well for transferring a file off campus.
WWU does not have ftp sites available for student, faculty or public use. There
are, however, online options for file transfers:
Problems with hardware/software in the lab should be reported to the Lab Manager. Difficulty in using specific features of an application should be directed to your instructor or by using the built-in help in most applications.
Notes for Faculty teaching classes using the SAL