Working in the SRE - an overview

Network Drives

The R: drive is the SRE network drive that Researchers will be given access to. Once you have connected to the Remote Desktop/SRE navigate to the “R” drive, this is where your data will be uploaded for you.

The R: Drive is where you will work, share between users on your project team, save unzipped project data, perform analysis, save imported non-data information, etc.

The R: networked drive is the group folder for the project, and contains as sub-folders, the DATA folder, the user folders for the project, and a "working" folder for sharing between all members of your research group.

Saving files

When you ask to Save a File, many applications (such as Microsoft Office, SPSS, SAS etc.), will offer to use the Documents folder on the "C:" drive. Saving to the "C" drive is not recommended as we cannot guarantee that you will always be able to access the C: drive on the particular machine that you are using at that time.

>> more on using the R Drive

Data format

*.dat.gz is a compressed file created on Unix and Linux systems.

File naming convention

When you receive your approved Data Extract, the individual data files will appear as follows:
Eg hospital.1989-90.A.dat.gz

The individual parts of the file naming convention can be broken down as follows:
{data file name}.{date range}.{Layout Format (A, B, C, etc)}.{.dat File extension}.{.gz Compressed Format}

To unzip your data

Your approved Data Extract will be provided to you in compressed or zipped format. In order to work with your data you will need to decompress or unzip the read only files provided.

>> more on Unzipping SRE Project Files

Loading your data into SPSS

We have created instructions that refer specifically to the type of project data you will be receiving.  You may find that for data files with a large number of variables it is easier to create a Syntax File. If you have a data file with fewer variables you may find it easier to use the Import Wizard to load your data.

> more on SPSS Instructions Import Wizard
> more on Instructions for Creating a Syntax file

Loading your data into SAS

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