Archive for June 2013

Competition for College users of ERDAS and Geomedia applications

On behalf of Intergraph, the providers of ERDAS and Geomedia applications, we would like to let College staff and students using these applications know about a competition they are running.  For further details please see the full message from Intergraph.

We’d also like to remind ERDAS IMAGINE users about some urgent information regarding licence changes this summer.

IS Services

Irish-language proofing tools for MS Office for Windows

Some information on Irish-language proofing tools for MS Office, for Windows users, has been added to our web pages covering popular Irish-language software packages.  These pages also cover available Irish-language grammar- and spell-checking software.

IS Services

Wolfram Image Processing Virtual Workshop

The following is an announcement from Wolfram Training:

Join us online at the free Wolfram Image Processing Virtual Workshop 2013 for talks on practically every aspect of Mathematica’s image processing capabilities. Take a deeper look into 3D data, create fun and robust image processing applications, and learn how to process and analyze images quickly. Experts will be on hand for extended Q&A.

Wolfram Image Processing Virtual Workshop 2013 Tuesday, June 25 5-7pm GMT

See event details and register today:


Wolfram Training

HPRC Training Courses in July 2013

The HPRC unit (High Performance and Research Computing) will be running the following training courses in July 2013:

  • An Introduction to Scientific Visualisation
  • An Introduction to Linux Command-Line

For further information please see the HPRC website.

Removal of Windows XP from the College network

As a result of Microsoft discontinuing support of Windows XP, IS Services are now in process of removing all Windows XP computers connected to the College network in offices and labs and on the staff wireless network.

This means that no new connections will be accepted for Windows XP after 31st May 2013.  Existing Windows XP systems will be fully removed from the College network by 31st December 2013.

If you are operating Windows XP, please keep an eye out for an email from the IS Services Helpdesk, during the last week of June, which will outline the necessary actions for upgrading or replacing your computer.

Please note that postgrads on the TCDconnect service with Windows XP on their personal computers will not be affected by this change.

Latest development to the Research Support System

The Research Support System is a TCD Web Systems application which facilitates monitoring and support of research activity within college including: researcher profiles, research projects, publications and other research outputs, generation of college calendar, generation of research related reports, interfacing with other internal systems including TARA, the institutional repository, import of publication metadata from external databases, maintenance of the TCD strategic research themes, provision of data to the research website, media directory of experts, e-theses and RQM.

The research themes control panel on the RSS has been redesigned to allow users to associate their research projects with the TCD strategic research themes.  It is also now possible to apply a subset of the personal themes to a set of publications and other research outputs or projects.

IS Services

Notice for staff and postgrads running Mac OS X 10.3, 10.4, 10.5

We are writing to notify you of an upcoming change that will affect those connected to the College network with Mac computers running Mac OS X 10.3, 10.4 and 10.5 in offices and labs or on the staff wireless network.

As Apple has discontinued support for certain older versions of Mac OS X, IS Services has expanded available support for newer Apple operating systems, and is in process of greatly reducing the available support for the older versions listed above.

From 31st August 2013, IS Services will no longer be able to provide full support or accept new network connections for these versions of Mac OS X.

If your computer is running one of these older versions, then please visit our FAQ for advice on what to do in relation to upgrading or replacing your Apple Mac.  Please also note that the IS Services Helpdesk is always on-hand for anyone seeking additional advice.

New HEAnet Academic Software Centre for personal software purchases

IS Services are pleased to announce the availability of a new HEAnet Academic Software Centre which allows registered staff and students of TCD to purchase and download certain software which is not covered under site licence.  Available software includes MS Office, Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Photoshop and NVivo.  For further information and instructions on using this service please follow the relevant link below:


Introducing the new Service Status page for IS Services


We are writing to introduce the new Service Status page for IS Services.  On this page, you will find the latest news on the status of key IT services and systems within College.

Check this page for the status of the following IT services: student & staff email, TCDconnect, the wired network, Staff Wi-Fi, internet access to external sites, the College webserver, TCD web-based systems, and student printing.

You can find the Service Status page here:

Additional information and up-coming service alerts can be found in the ‘Alerts’ section of the IS Services website or through the IS Services Twitter page.


Walk-in workshop for students and research staff

High Performance Research Computing (HPRC) within College is hosting a Walk-in Workshop this Friday, 7th June from 11am to 12pm, in Room 2.12 Lloyd Building.

Staff will be on-hand to discuss any research or IT-related topics with students and research staff who may need to avail of HPRC services. This workshop is designed to provide help and takes places in an informal setting; we have tea and light refreshments (read: tea/coffee/biscuits).

See more details here: