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Services

The CMCI Microscope Specialist will advise you on the most suitable microscope to use for your research project, free of charge.

Each user will be trained according to their knowledge and microscope needs. To arrange a training session, contact us at centre-for-microscopy@concordia.ca.

The facility offers free of charge access to 500GB per laboratory on the CMCI server in order to store data for a project.

The storage server allow user to export their images from acquisition station and share information with their teams. Its main purpose is to give you a place where you can save your microscopy images after your session while reducing the risk of malware from portable drives and USB key. It also insures the good functioning of the microscope. You can save directly to the server or, if speed is an issue, on the local hard-drive and then move the images.

  • It is forbidden to connect any USB-device to the instrument and analysis computers.
  • Data must be removed from the server at the end of the project. The server is NOT meant for long term storage and archival and therefore it is the team and ultimately the PI responsibility to clean their volume on a regular basis. It is recommended that files related to published projects and old students be transferred to an external hard-drive and remove from the server. Absolutely no data should stay more than a couple of days on any computer that controls a microscope (acquisition computers). All data must be stored on the server. Any files left on the microscope computers for more than one week can be deleted without notice.
  • The CMCI DO NOT guaranty the safety or integrity of any data on the server. It is the responsibility of each user to make additional copies of the data and keep it in a safe place.
  • The CMCI DO NOT make back-up of any form of the data saved on the server.
  • To ensure a just share of the CMAC storage space, accounts will be set up the following way:
    • Each laboratory will be issued a 500GB volume available for all their members. If that space is too limiting, a PI can request additional space by filling the additional space form (see website) and providing a valid justification.
    • User gets 5GB of personal storage space (home). That space is private and only the user and administrators will have access to it. Since that space is personal, the quota is fixed and will never be increased under any circumstances.
  • The server is meant to be used for scientific purpose only. It is not the place to store personal files.

For a fee, the Microscope Specialist can perform additional tasks including image acquisition, optimization image analysis and sample preparation.

See our fees section for more information.

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