New Services for Funded Groups: GitLab & RStudio Server

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Jan 17, 2014

Effective remote collaboration is crucial to the success of team science projects at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC). Our IT staff are excited to announce new services to support our researchers and their synthesis efforts.


For those familiar with GitHub—collaboration, code review, and code management for open source and private projects—GitLab is a private version available to all SESYNC staff, researchers, and working group members. It provides an easy way to browse code and code revisions, and allows you to quickly share your project with other working group members or SESYNC staff. Our IT and programming staff will be using GitLab as the preferred way to collaborate on code development.


RStudio Server

RStudio Server is a browser-based version of the popular RStudio development software for R, a programming language for statistical computing and graphics. RStudio Server enables you to connect to a SESYNC workspace through a web browser from any place with an internet connection—allowing you to write and execute R code while running on SESYNC’s powerful servers. Because it is running on SESYNC’s servers, the R code has access to any database and storage resources we may have provisioned for your working group’s project.

RStudio Server:

Service Integration

What makes these two services especially powerful is their integration. Whether you run RStudio locally or through our server, you can access your code repository directly to view, load, and manage scripts. This integration of code repository and R resources makes co-developing your project with your working group members and with SESYNC staff easy (and fun!). To help you get started, we have a created set of quick-start tutorials on our support.

Getting Started:

Contact SESYNC

Please don't hesitate to contact us at if you have any questions about, or would like to use, these new services.

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