Computing Services

Population Studies Center (PSC) in conjunction with Penn’s School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) provides computing resources to PSC Research Associates. Computing resources include hardware, software, desktop computers, desktop computing help, data analysis support and access to data. These resources create a computing environment that serves as a platform to conduct and develop funded research. Social Sciences Computing (SSC), a division of SAS Computing, manages computing resources for PSC. SSC provides desktop support, administers PSC servers, and together with PSC and PARC staff present workshops on computing and computer programming to PSC researcher and students.

Desktop Support

The School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) allocates new PCs to eligible Research Associates every 3-4 years. Microsoft Office, SAS, Stata, SPSS and ArcGIS are available through the Penn’s Office of Software Licensing. SSC provides dedicated desktop support and nightly back-up of PCs of Research Associates located on the Penn campus. Through our Local Area Network (LAN) PCs connect to file servers and to Linux and Citrix servers for running statistical software. The LAN offers access to shared printers including a high volume laser and color laser printers. For assistance contact: sschelp@ssc.upenn.edu.

File and Application Servers

PSC uses file servers on the Local Area Network (LAN) to facilitate the sharing of documents, programs, and data among project teams. In addition to file servers, associates can access PSC Linux and the PARC Citrix servers for running statistical software. The application servers provide access to SAS, STATA, Matlab, R, and ArcView. Through our LAN the application servers connect to file servers and to shared printers. Jim Kane, of SAS Computing (jim.kane@sas.upenn.edu) can provide further information how to access the servers.

PSC Computer Lab

The PSC computer lab is located in 223 McNeil building. The lab has PCs for use by research assistants and graduate students. Lab PCs have SAS, Stata and SPSS in addition to Microsoft Office. The lab also has plug-in ports for laptops. PSC students also have access to other computing labs located in the McNeil building, including UDAL (the undergraduate data analysis lab) and GDAL (the graduate data analysis lab), as well as to other labs on campus.

Data Storage and Security

PSC and PARC researchers use both publicly available data and data sets with restricted user access and security protocols. The Population Studies Center (PSC) and the Population Aging Research Center (PARC) provide several options for affiliated researchers to store data files that can be accessed by individuals and/or research groups. Click here for further detail on these options.