Report for January 2017

Report Date
January 2017
Report by Muriel Mewissen on behalf of David Perry and Anthony Davie (MVMRes Programme Managers)
for Brian Walker and Paul McGuire (MVMRes Portfolio Owner)
and Paul Clark (MVM Portfolio Manager) and Catherine Elliot (MVM Portfolio Owner)

 

Section One: Programme Commentary, RAG and Resources Update

Commentary:

All six ongoing projects in MVM Research Programme are GREEN. Projects, previously on hold because of issues with Eddie, are now able to restart now that the Eddie service is back up and running. These are:

The overhaul status 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 2017

 

Section Two: Projects Not Started

The start of any new project has been delayed until March 2017 because current, higher priority projects have taken over existing resources and stakeholder engagement.

Project Info Programme Manager's Commentary

MVM303 Data Management Plans

To start in Mar 2017

MVM305 Flexible Server Hosting

To start in Mar 2017
MVM306 Network Infrastructure Strategy

To start in Mar 2017

MVM307 REF readiness

To start in Mar 2017

MVM308 Research Computing Induction

To start in Mar 2017

MVM309 Scientific Administration Process Enhancements

To start in Mar 2017

MVM311 Storage Strategy

To start in Mar 2017

MVM313 Research Teaching Strategy

To start in Mar 2017

 

Section Three: Projects in Progress

 

Project Info Project Managers Commentary

MVM301:

College Software as a Service (SaaS) Strategy

 

 

Category: Discretionary

Milestones

06-Apr-17 Closure

 

RAG Status

GREEN

Report by David Perry for January 2017

Achievements
  • RStudio Server Pro operating as a six node clustered instance
  • MND Voicebank Server operating to receive and store voice recordings; generate synthetic voices; and make them available for download
Issues Resolved
  • LDAP Authentication process for RStudio Server Pro overloading system and causing timeouts
  • Implemented multiple cluster nodes, for RStudio Server Pro , as opposed to  using one large multi-core system
  • Implemented centralised SysLog server for RStudio Server Pro, so that all system events can be see in one location
  • MND Voicebank system resources have been appropriate scaled to support data aquisitions and processing needs
Ongoing Concerns
  • None
Next Steps
  • Explore licensing options for RStudio Server Pro to available for Staff and not just Students
  • Initiate the creation of an OMERO service on OpenStack; probably an instance per use-case as opposed to one large system for all users.

MVM302:

Compute and High Performance Compute Strategy

 

 

Category: Discretionary

Milestones

05-May-17 Closure

 

RAG Status

GREEN

Report by Anthony Davie for January 2017

Achievements
  • No new project achievements since November '16.
  • Project to be re-initiated from w/c 13th February '17, after work to overcome serious Eddie service stability issues completed in late January '17.
Issues resolved
  • Eddie 3 service stability issues look to be resolved, post AFM removal (January 31st '17).
  • Service review meetings now scheduled with principle CMVM Research Institute and Research Services HPC partnerships (IGMM and Roslin).
  • Monthly Eddie 3 drop-in clinics set-up and running at IGMM and Roslin, to help improve customer engagement, support, guidance and customer driven continuous service improvements.
Ongoing concerns
  • Some concerns raised from Roslin researchers after Eddie 3 was re-provisioned in relation to issues with "qlogin" nodes. This is being investigated by Research Services, with input from Easter Bush IS team (Barry Horne).
Next steps
  • To progress with re-initiating project

  • To review with IGMM and Research Services, the impact of Eddie stability through 2016 and to consider the confidence levels in Eddie ahead of revising planning submission.

  • Review and revise planning submission before progressing with outstanding carried forward actions (see below).

  • Carried forward from Nov ’16:

    • Arrange follow up meeting with Research Computing Programme business owner and IT Programme Manager to review revised planning submission, make a decision as to whether to approve and proceed, and if proceeding to score and prioritise the project proposal.
    • Subject to project approval, scoring and prioritisation, to move to assigning a project manager and scoping project resourcing, including budgeting and timescales and determining if a project board is required.
    • Assuming this project is approved and the previous step is completed, move to creating a project brief for stakeholder consideration, sign-off and project initiation.

 

MVM304:

Electronic Lab Notebook

Category: Discretionary

Milestones

04-Mar-17 Closure

 

RAG Status

GREEN

Report by David Perry for January 2017

Achievements
  • Whilst we have been experiencing issues with EDDIE3 and DataStore, we have put this project on hold until it's appropriate to priorities resources in this area. We are going to re-active this project w/c 13/02/2017.
Next steps
  • Confirm exemplar projects / supported adopters for the RSpace system
  • Match requirements with system functionality; and support the adoption of the system by these Research Groups.

 

MVM310:

Information Governance Standards

Category: Discretionary

Milestones

02-Dec-17 Closure

 

RAG Status

GREEN

Report by David Perry for January 2017

Achievements
  • IGT Document Set has been instrumental in shaping Calidicot Guardian / Public Benefit Privacy Panel (PBPP) submissions
  • Shifting ownership of this process over to the RDM group
Next steps
  • Ensure  a standard System Level Security Policy and Technical Architecture Diagram standard can be created and adopted for IT Services created to support Research Data Management

 

MVM312:

Walled Garden Pathfinder

Category: Discretionary

Milestones

14-Oct-16 Closure

 

RAG Status

GREEN

Report by David Perry for January 2017

Achievements
  • CJD Walled Garden operating well; general 'business as usual' activity
  • Used experience from this project to feed into RSS016 project to build the University's Data Safe Haven
Next steps
  • Continue to migrate more CJD projects into the Walled Garden
  • Add new software titles to the Analysis Platform

MVM314:

SEBI - Data Collection and Modelling

 

 

Category: Discretionary

Milestones

(NB web presence and authentication milestones to be replanned based on reprioritisation at January meetings with BMGF; not yet agreed with Project Sponsor)

16-Jan-2017 Establish external web presence
27-Jan-2017 Data Analytics Authentication
14-Apr-2017 Deliver Data Transformation workflows
28-Apr-2017 Agree long term support arrangements
30-Jun-2017 Closure

 

RAG Status

GREEN

Report by Colin Watt for January 2017

Achievements in Last Period
  • SEBI Database instance now available on shared SQL Server platform to allow Data Analyst to begin adding sample datasets.
  • Work has continued on OpenID authentication for Tableau; expected to be completed early Feb.
  • Project team members attended Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) organised meeting w/c 23/01/17; presentations were made on progress to the project funders and partners, and team members participated in breakout sessions covering the management and evaluation of project results and key indicators, the gathering of livestock data, and the community of practice.
Issues
  • No major issues at present.
Next Steps
  • Carry out test loading of sample spreadsheets to SQL Server (awaiting files from BMGF).
  • Complete OpenID configuration.
  • Establish SEBI web presence.
  • Review risks with Project Team.
  • Review budget and resourcing.

 

The project current status is GREEN.

 

Section Four: Closed or Withdrawn Projects

 

Project Info Project Managers Commentary

N/A

Projects in the MVM Research programme for 16/17 are currently in progress or are yet to start.  

Programme Info

Documentation

Not available.