Report for January 2020

Report Date
January 2020


Report by Muriel Mewissen on behalf of David Perry and Anthony Davie (MVMRes Programme Managers), for Charles ffrench-Constant and Paul McGuire (MVMRes Programme Owners), Sheila Fraser (MVM Portfolio Manager) and Catherine Elliot (MVM Portfolio Owner)

  • Institute IT meetings / Service Review meetings.
  • College Research Support Network (RSN) meeting.
  • College Research Committee
  • Excerpts taken into CSG report


Section One: Programme Commentary, RAG and Resources Update


During January, most of the effort this month were in MVM316: Fragile X Registry website. Penetration testing was completed early in January. All high risks have been addressed and all preparations for going  LIVE were complete. Launch will take place in early February.

All projects are reporting a GREEN status , except from MVM314: SEBI - Data Collection and Modelling where closure work was impacted by the UCU Industrial Action - 25 November to 4 December 2020 and closure has been delayed as results.

The overall status of the MVMRes programme is GREEN.

Please note that the project RAG status is following the revised guidelines: A one-page summary of the IS RAG status indicators is available on this page.


Forward Look - January 2020


Section Two: Projects Not Started

No additional project has been identified to start this session.


Section Three: Projects in Progress

 MVM302: Compute and High Performance Compute Strategy - RAG Status: GREEN

Report by Anthony Davie

Achievements this period

  • CMVM RCG reps invited to poll their communities for feedback on strategy document from 5th Dec '19 to 17th Jan '20 (4-5 weeks)
  • Feedback reviewed and incorporated where applicable.
    • HPC definition added to the strategy document (Jan '20)
  • 1st version of strategy finalised, with document control template added. Strategy document put onto CMVM RCG MS Team, with notification sent to all members ahead of next RCG meeting (23rd Jan '20)
  • CMVM Research IT/Computing Officer support induction, for IS staff re-scheduled to 13th Jan '20. Contribution from:
    • Research Information Management section (Pure, Worktribe etc.)
    • Research Data Services section (Research data management guidance, DMPOnline, DataShare, DataSynch, DataVault, Electronic Lab notebooks etc.)
    • Research Services section (Research service facilitation and provision of infrastructure to underpin various services - Eddie, DataStore, Eleanor etc.)
    • CMVM IS teams (Easter Bush and BioQuarter campuses)
  • CMVM IS teams continuing to invest in enhancement of research support capability within teams (from Jan '20), through:
    • continued partnership working with UoE ISG Research Services
    • secondments within and across CMVM IS teams, to support knowledge transfer and provide hands-on experience
  • CMVM Research Facilitator, UoE ISG Research Services and CMVM IS (BioQuarter) set-up HPC training and engagement opportunities at BioQuarter campus:


  • Possible concern that feedback on strategy paper from Research community via RCG was very limited

Next Steps

  • Final sign-off for strategy document (CMVM RCG on 4th Feb '20)
  • Update project website for MVM302 to:
    • publish deliverables
    • create project closure report
  • Close project.

MVM305: Flexible Server hosting  - RAG Status: SUSPENDED

Report by Muriel Mewissen

Achievements this period

  • None, project is currently suspended

Next Steps

  • Status to be reviewed in 2020 Q1.

MVM308: Research computing induction - RAG Status: GREEN

Report by Susan Ridder-Patrick

Achievements this period

  • Content added to LEARN and issued to team for feedback ahead of being shared with Research Computing Group on 4th Feb
  • Confirmation of ownership of responsibility to maintain the repository


  • None

Next Steps

  • Sign-off of repository by project sponsor
  • Publication of repository
  • Completion of content in Learn to publicise repository
  • Communications with HR and other key College staff to promote the Induction material to researchers
  • Closure

MVM311: CMVM Data Storage Strategy - RAG Status: GREEN

Report by Muriel Mewissen

Achievements this period

  • Date set in early February with sponsor to draft report


Next Steps

  • Write closure report
  • Close Project

MVM314: SEBI - Data Collection and Modelling - RAG Status: AMBER

Report by Colin Watt

Achievements this period

  • No progess due to resource conflicts (PM availability, DevTech / Production). PM to try to dedicate time to ensure outstanding tasks (support OLA and decommissioning of legacy server) are completed.


  • No major issues.
  • Completion of support arrangements and closure delayed due to availability (PM / Production Management for OLA) and DevTech (for TAD updates and handover, impacted by UCU Industrial action)

Next Steps

  • Agree support arrangements for MSSQLServer (OLA).
  • Decommissioning of on-premise Tableau server.
  • Close Project.

MVM316: Fragile X Registry website - RAG Status: GREEN

Report by Kevin Hone

Achievements this Period

  • Penetration testing undertaken. Report shared. High risks have been addressed.
  • Agreement reached on EqIA that there were no showstopper matters that would prevent go-live.


  • None

Next Steps

  • Business decision taken to defer go-live by one week, primarily to enable more familiarisation.
  • Go/No-go decision rescheduled for Thursday, 6th February.


Section Four: Closed or Withdrawn Projects

No project has been completed this session yet.


Section Five: Programme Meeting Minutes

Date Comments
13 January 2020 Programme Review Monthly Meeting - January 2020
11 December 2019 Programme Review Monthly Meeting - December 2019
20 November 2019 Programme Review Monthly Meeting - November 2019
4 November 2019 Programme Review Monthly Meeting - October 2019
20 September 2019 Programme Review Monthly Meeting - September 2019
24 August 2019 Programme Review Monthly Meeting - July & August 2019
24 June 2019 Programme Review Monthly Meeting - June 2019
23 May 2019 Programme Review Monthly Meeting - May 2019
1 May 2019 Programme Review Monthly Meeting - April 2019
27 March 2019 Programme Review Monthly Meeting - March 2019
28 February 2019 Programme Review Monthly Meeting - February 2019


Programme Status
RAG Status
Has formal escalation taken place?

Programme Info


Not available.