The UiL-OTS labs are once again open, but at limited capacity. Precautions with regards to the COVID-19 pandemic are taken very seriously so that research can continue safely. For more information, please consult the startup protocol.If you have any questions, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear lab user,
As a user of the UiL OTS labs you currently have access to a private folder on the lab network storage. You may know this folder as your private folder on the L-drive; also see ‘Labhome’ on this page: https://uilots-labs.wp.hum.uu.nl/how-to/understanding-research-data-storage-in-the-uil-ots-labs/.
The file server that hosts these private folders is old, and will need to be switched off soon. Your personal folder will be shut down and archived on March 8.
If you want to keep using your personal folder, it can be moved for you to a private project folder on the O-drive, with you as the only project member.
To see what data you have in your personal folder, you can follow the instructions at the bottom of this email.
Please let us know before March 8 if you want your data to be moved for you. If you do not respond to this email, we will assume that you do not use this private folder, and we will archive it.
If you have any questions, please contact email@example.com.
ICT en Media
How to access your private lab folder:
The easiest way is through https://myworkplace.uu.nl, a virtual environment where you can access your university drives and campus-licensed software from your browser. When you first log in, you will be asked whether you want to install Citrix Receiver – choose yes. Go to APPS and search for “Windows Explorer”; open it, and find your labhome folder listed under the L-drive.
The Myworkplace route should work for all BA and (R)MA students, and for teaching staff. It may not work for PhD students and postdocs. If it does not work for you, you can make a VPN connection and mount your personal lab drive as a folder:
Option 2A: Windows
Follow the steps in https://manuals.uu.nl/en/handleiding/u-and-o-drive-on-windows-10-vpn/, BUT, in step 20, choose L: as the drive letter, and paste in \\dfs.hum.uu.nl\uilots\labhome
NB: on newer Windows installations, you may get an error message telling you that you are not allowed to connect to the network drive because it uses the old, less secure SMB1-protocol. You can fix that (if you have admin rights on your computer) by following the instructions here.
Option 2B: Mac OS
Make a VPN connection: follow the steps in https://manuals.uu.nl/en/handleiding/vpn-on-macos/.
Then follow the steps here https://manuals.uu.nl/en/handleiding/u-en-o-schijf-op-macos-smb/, BUT, in step 2, paste in smb://dfs.hum.uu.nl/uilots/labhome
As research was stopped due to the COVID-19 crisis, some of our regular meetings haven’t been as regular lately. Now that research is slowly resuming both online as well as in the lab, we want to resume our meetings as well in a slightly different format.
This meeting is for anyone working in our lab or using other (online) lab resources, to exchange project ideas, experience with different (new) tools, to discuss the planning of different experiments and to stay in touch. This meeting will be organised alongside existing meetings that have continued through the crisis.
The next meeting is Tuesday April 6th at 10:00am on MS Teams.
(Further meeting dates can be found on the meeting page)
Invites are sent by e-mail. If you didn’t receive an invite but want to attend the meeting you can contact Marijn Struiksma for an invite.
Due to the Covid-19 situation, lab capacity and lab support is reduced. Dependent on the circumstances, we need to determine how many, and which, experiments can be performed simultaneously. René Kager, director of the UiL OTS, takes the final decision in this.
If you intend to conduct your experiment in one of the UiL OTS labs or online (i.e. those for which you need technical support), please send an advance notice to René Kager.
Before a final ‘go’ decision can be taken, please make sure:
- you have obtained formal approval for your study by the Faculty Ethics Assessment Committee;
- your experiment has been programmed and your stimuli have been created, i.e. your experiment is ready to be conducted*;
- you have arranged for (or you are in the process of arranging for) someone who can test your participants (if this is not you).
*If you need access to the labs in order to prepare your experiment, please check e.g. New here, Lab access request. Note that members of the technical support team should be contacted by e-mail, since we are all requested to work from home whenever possible.
Around Christmas and New Year, the buildings of the Faculty of Humanities, including the UiL OTS labs, will be closed from 15:00 on 24 December 2020 until Sunday 3 January 2021. The staff of the lab is limited between Monday 21 December and Monday 11 January.
In an ongoing effort to fase-out our old fileserver, we have moved the CGN (Corpus Gesproken Nederlands) to the O-Drive. You can find it under
We are slowly re-opening the UiL OTS labs at Janskerkhof 13(a). This means that the labs will not be as accessible as you might be used to for the months to come. The building at Janskerkhof 13(a) may only house up to 30% of the normal number of people. Hence, not all labs are available at all times.
The WOOz (Werkgroep Opstart Onderzoek) has approved of our startup protocol (in Dutch). Please read this document carefully if you consider doing research in the UiL OTS labs. We will start with one of the experiments that was about to commence in March, a baby experiment. When all goes well, we can gradually increase the number of experiments running simultaneously in the labs. Should you have specific plans for a lab experiment, please contact René Kager, Research Director of the UiL OTS. Since not all planned experiments can run at the same time, prioritization is necessary.
Access to the lab
In normal situations, you would enter through either of the two doors 13 or 13a (with XS-pass). Currently, the building has a one way direction in order for people to keep their social distance. This means you need to enter the left most entrance (13a); please follow the sticker arrows to find your way through the building. Exit is at JKH13. When you enter or leave the building there is equipment to sanitize your hands; we kindly ask you to use this yourself and to ask your research participants to do the same.
Experimentation (online) tools
Normally the lab supports Zep experiments. We are aware that running Zep inside of the lab, or with an experimental laptop may not always be possible at the moment. Therefore, we are working on setting up possibilities for online experiments; more information will be published on this website in due course.
As of Thursday, March 19, all buildings of the Faculty of Humanities will be closed. This includes the UiL OTS-labs. We realize that this has huge implications for your research, and we are very sorry to bring you this news, but this is what it is. We will all have to be flexible and creative, especially since we do not know yet how long this situation will last.
Today, Wednesday March 18, is the last possibility to enter the building and pick up necessary things you may need.
- Do you need something and cannot make it tomorrow? Contact Marijn
- Do you have equipment at home? Please keep it there, or contact Iris @ 06-236 06 239
- Do you want to borrow equipment? This may be difficult to organize today, and the usefulness is debatable; contact Marijn or Iris to discuss possibilities.
If you have any questions, please contact Iris Mulders I.C.M.C.Mulders@nulluu.nl, 06-236 06 239.
Students and researchers are encouraged to contact their supervisors, so that you can jointly discuss possible solutions.
We wish everyone strength and good health in this difficult situation.
There will be no experiments conducted with participants in the UiL OTS labs until April 6. This applies to all experiments; whether participants are infants, children or adults.
The building Janskerkhof 13 will stay open (at least for now). Students and staff are encouraged to work from home as much as possible; do not come to the lab if you don’t have to. Don’t sit closely together, keep some distance. If you have a cough, shortness of breath or a fever, please do not come to Janskerkhof (or to any other university building) at all.
Lab support will also work from home as much as possible. If you need support, you can ask your question and/or make an appointment via phone 06-2273 6073 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
With these measures we are doing what we can to prevent further spread of the corona virus. UU policy can be found at https://www.uu.nl/en/organisation/practical-matters/information-coronavirus.
If you have any questions, please contact Iris at 06-236 06 239.
Starting tomorrow (Thursday, February 27), but probably also next week, there will be limited lab support due to circumstances.
The schedule until further notice:
- Between 9:00 and 11:00, there will be no one around at JK 13 room 009, but the hotline will (usually) be answered.
- From 11:00 until 17:00, there will be lab support, but due to us being understaffed, it may be wise to call or e-mail for anything other than on the fly trouble shooting.
We thank you in advance for understanding.
The main purpose of this list is to enable lab support to keep track of what is scheduled when. As a general rule, the UU housing department(s) contact lab support to schedule these activities, and if it is expected that the work will be disruptive to experiments, lab support will mark the building as closed in the reservation system and the babylab reservation system for the agreed-upon time. So in principle, as long as you diligently use the reservation systems to reserve lab spaces for your experiment, you should not run into any noisy surprises as a lab user. If you do, though, please let lab support know!
Scheduled small activities:
- Friday February 28, 10 AM: Folks will be entering the technical room opposite K.14 to design something to do with city heating. Shouldn’t be noisy.
- Tuesday March 3, 15-22 h: cleaning of carpets in all rooms/labs and corridors. All labs have been blocked for reservations during this time period.
- Wednesday March 4, 7-10 h: furniture, removed for cleaning carpets, will be moved back into labs/room. All labs have been blocked for reservations during this time period.
- Monday March 16: work on air treatment system, all labs blocked for reservations (but still available for piloting). Also on this day: TLW meeloopdag lab tour from 14.45-15.45h.
- Monday March 30: testing of fire alarm, with sound, between 7-8AM.
Scheduled major activities:
- Replacement of the ‘hoofdverdeler’ for the city heating. Very noisy three-week project. We are trying to get this to be moved to summer break (hopefully Monday 27 July – Friday 14 August). Waiting for advice on ‘duurzaamheidsambities’.
- MAJOR construction work and painting throughout the building. This will be a six-month project where experimenting will probably not be possible at all, probably July 2021-December 2021.
Some of you may work from home. If you want to access the project folders from at home you need to make a connection via a Virtual Private Network (VPN). Fortunately, ITS is making it safer to access the folders. Unfortunately, this changes the way you were used to access the VPN. The university want to do this via 2 Factor Authorization (2FA). The change occurs this Thursday January 30th. Once we know how this is going to work, we’ll try to give you an update.
For now, if you are planning to work at home this Thursday or Friday, expect difficulties and consider working @UU.
UPDATE Thursday January 30: the new VPN seems to work fine, the instructions in the howto have been updated.
UPDATE Monday February 24: the new VPN actually does NOT seem to work for students, we’re trying to get this fixed.
Tomorrow, the support group will say goodbye to “our” head of UiL OTS, Prof. Dr. Frank Wijnen. This will imply that there may be no one around at room 009 on this day. Feel free to call the hotline if you need us, but please keep in mind that it may take a little extra time to get over here.
We wish Frank all the best and hope he will enjoy his time focussing primarliy on his research plans. Thank you for everything!
Janskerkhof 13 will be closed this Wednesday and Thursday, January 15 and 16, until 9.30 AM. Nobody will be able to access the building at all, the doors will be locked. This is a security precaution connected to works on the electrical systems in Drift 4-6-8.
Starting this Monday (October 14), BA/(R)MA students and participants in experiments will always need to use the videophone at the entrance to get into the lab on Monday-Friday 8-17h.
Simply press the button and someone at a reception somewhere at Drift will answer your call. Explain why you need to get into the building and they’ll buzz you in.
If you or your participants run into any problems whatsoever, please let Iris know.
Background: As you will know, since the end of August there has been a student assistant available to open the door, in addition to the videophone option. We have decided to now use the videophone only, because there aren’t many experiments running at the moment so only few participants will need to get in, and we figure our regular students will for sure be able to get in using the videophone. Staff access using an XS card is unchanged; see the post about opening hours.
We are still awaiting a new videophone that will have a screen, enabling the person at the door to see the person picking up the phone, which will make for an easier conversation, which is especially important for participants who don’t know the ropes. We hope the new videophone will be installed in November.
This week (september 18 until ± September 25) the tap water system is under revision. This does not imply there will be no water at all, but there will be some moments during the week where the taps will not behave as you expect them to. Please be aware of this and maybe be prepared and bring a bottle of water, just to be on the safe side.
Summer is here! If you are planning to work in the lab during the summer, there is a lot to take into account. Here’s a schematic overview per day (click to enlarge); see below for more detail and explanations.
Lab support availability
Support in July and August may be patchy due to support staff vacations. If you absolutely need support on a certain day in July or August, check in advance via email@example.com.
- Starting July 22, the doors will be closed, and access will be possible through video phone and XS card only on weekdays. The video phone will be replaced by a better model after the summer, which will have a screen so that the person waiting at the door can see who is picking up the phone.
- Starting August 26, there will be someone available to open the door for visitors and participants in person (weekdays only) while we wait for the new, better video phone to be installed.
- Noisy building activities: there is some construction work going on, check this post for details.
Adult participant recruitment
Running an experiment involving the adult participant database is not recommended in summer since a lot of students are simply not in Utrecht then, so recruitment can be rather difficult. If you want to try anyway, please consult with Iris Mulders.
UPDATE: this vacancy has been filled.
We are looking for a student assistant who can let visitors in at Janskerkhof 13 when they ring the doorbell (if they need to be let in). This job will be for two or three weeks (this is not exactly sure yet), starting August 26. Working hours will be Monday-Friday from 9.00 till 17.00h. It is also possible to do this job between 2 persons. For more information, please contact Marijke Bakker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last week a few laptops have been stolen from the lab. On top of this one of the owners lost his/her USB stick. Since a USB stick has not much economical value, we ask everyone to keep an eye out for the stick because perhaps it has been throw away and it still is of great value for the owner. It concerns a SanDisk Fit Ultra with a capacity of 32Gb (see the attached image). If anyone finds such USB stick please let us know.
Update: You should be able to log in again!
This Wednesday ITS will be updating some of its login systems. As we need to update FRIS to work with the new update, logging into FRIS will not be possible in the morning of Wednesday July 10th.
We will update this post when we’ve finished updating FRIS.
Due to a bug in FRIS you may experience a ‘Internal Server Error’ when trying to open FRIS. We are currently investigating the cause of the bug.
Update: This issue had been solved, but now it seems to be back. Deleting your browser cookies or restarting your browser is the workaround for now.
Our apologies for the inconvenience!
Like all faculty buildings, Janskerkhof 13 will be closed on the following spring holidays:
- Ascension Day: Thursday 30 May and Friday 31 May (obligatory leave day)
- Whitsun: Sunday 9 June and Monday 10 June
Starting this Friday, April 5, there will be a new regime for access to Janskerkhof 13/13A on weekdays, Monday-Friday between 8 and 9AM:
- if you have an XS-card, you will be able to gain entrance with your XS-card (both at entrance 13 and entrance 13A)
- students, participants and visitors will need to ask to enter the building using the videophone next to the entrance 13 (right-side entrance when you’re facing the building). Someone at a reception somewhere will answer; you will need to explain why you need to be in the building, and then they will buzz you in.
- if you are running participants before 9AM, the safest way to ensure that they will be able to get in, is to pick them up at the door yourself. For full instructions and a full overview of the opening hour situation, see https://uilots-labs.wp.hum.uu.nl/facs/opening-hours/.
If you run into problems, please let Iris know.
The city of Utrecht has bicycle parking lots. To store/retrieve your bike you need a small red card with a barcode on the back. One with number 1000 0040 8712 has been found in the pantry of the ground floor. If its yours you can collect it by the secretary of philosophy and religious studies janskerkhof 13 Room 0.03 (the door on the left hand side when you’ve just entered the main entrance).
Due to illness and leave, lab support in room 009 will be under staffed in the coming period.
- Tuesday February 19- Tuesday March 5: support will be extremely patchy and limited. Delays in experiment programming are to be expected.
If you need anything, don’t hesitate to drop by, but it might be wise to check our availability in advance.
Like all buildings of the Humanities faculty, the labs will be closed for Christmas break (no access at all) from Friday December 21, 19:00h, until Wednesday January 2, 2018. Starting January 2, regular opening hours will apply.
Enjoy your holiday!
People found an amount of rings in the Kitchen. Drop by secretary (F&R, JK13) is you think they might be yours and want to collect them. You will have to guess how many were found and then try them all on in order to prove you’re “the real Cinderella” 😉
We’re updating the hardware of the phonetics cabins and their outside control panels over the winter. One by one. This week, we started on Cabin 1. You can still run your experiments in all the other booths, although some stuff might stand in the way a tiny bit. Get in touch with us is this is a problem, we’ll get it out of the way asap.
This Thursday 18th a window will be removed and replaced around 11:00. This is on the ground floor near the office of the labtechnicians, so in the lab you won’t notice it, probably. If probably isn’t good enough, you might want to plan you activities on a different moment.
- Tomorrow, Saturday September 8, Janskerkhof 13 will be partially open to the public for Open Monumentendag, between 10-17h. People will be able to view (with a guide) the hallway, the staircases, and the secretaries’ rooms at the entrance.
- On Thursday 13, Friday 14, and maybe Monday 17 September, maintenance will be performed on the lighting in the lab, between 8:00 en 9:00 in the morning. Disruption should be minimal (no drilling).
Lab support availability
We try to always have lab support in room 0.09, but support in July and August may be patchy due to support staff vacations. If you absolutely need support on a certain day in July or August, check in advance via email@example.com.
No lab support will be available for sure:
- on Friday July 6 and Monday July 9
- on Friday August 10
- during the UIT-dagen, August 13-17 (see below)
- On weekdays from Monday July 16 until Friday August 17, all faculty buildings will close at 19h (no access with XS card either).
- During the weekends, regular weekend opening hours will apply.
- Update: between July 23 and August 17, the doors will be closed, but someone will be available from 9-17h to open the door if you ring the door bell.
- Noisy building activities:
- on July 13 there will be maintenance work done on the elevator between 8-9 in the morning.
- on July 24 and 26 potentially noisy construction work will be done in the attic.
- The lab will be closed August 13-17 because the UIT-dagen are unbearably noisy and make it impossible to get to Janskerkhof 13. No lab support will be available on these days.
Adult participant recruitment
Running an experiment involving the adult participant database is not recommended in summer since a lot of students are simply not in Utrecht then, so recruitment can be rather difficult. If you want to try anyway, confer with lab support.
We’ve got a new Zoom H6 portable recorder.
Also, for those who would rather use the power of their own desktop or laptop when recording sound, we’ve now got a simple, one mic to USB interface.
If you want to use one, please make a reservation through the FRIS system (audio group).The Shure mic to USB device is really easy to use, but an actual manual will pop up over the course of summer.
There are several (maybe unrelated) technical problems in the labs:
- The main lights in the hallways are off (these pillars that are always on)
- You will be able to log in on the lab computers, but the L, U and O drives cannot be used and internet is not working.
Both problems are under investigation and will hopefully be resolved within a couple of hours. We will keep you posted.
Update: both issues have been fixed.
The search box at the top of the site is currently non-operational. We are hard at work trying to fix it, but in the meantime you can use the following search pages as a workaround:
Update June 28: the regular search function is working again.
Yesterday afternoon a number of people at the lab received an email stating that their account was compromised, sent by someone from ‘Utrecht University Services’. This is not a legitimate email and should be ignored.
If you’ve (accidentally) clicked the link that was included in the email, we highly recommend you change your password as soon as possible.
For more information on what phishing is, please read this handy wikipedia article
In the evening of June 12th between 22:30 en 23:30, some of the network hardware will be replaced. This means that all kinds of servers, hence our project folders, the calculation server etc. will not be available for couple of minutes. Therefore, it is advised not to run calculation on the Calculation server or use the project/labhome folders next Tuesday evening.
Like all buildings of the Humanities faculty, the labs will be closed for Christmas break (no access at all) from Friday December 22, 18:00h, until Tuesday January 2, 2018. Starting January 2, regular opening hours will apply.
Enjoy your holiday!
Het UiL OTS lab heeft een vacature voor labtechnicus/wetenschappelijk programmeur. Voor meer informatie zie de vacature hier. Je kunt tot 27 november solliciteren via de sollicitatie-knop onderaan in de vacature.
Running an experiment involving the adult participant database is not recommended in summer since a lot of students are simply not in Utrecht then, so recruitment is rather difficult. If you want to try anyway, please contact Iris Mulders before Wednesday July 5.
Lab support availability
We try to always have lab support in room 0.09, but support in July may be patchy due to support staff vacations and hard-to-plan-for natural events. If you absolutely need support on a certain day in July or August, check in advance via firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, no lab support will be available during the the UIT-dagen, August 14-18 (see below).
From July 17 until August 18 the doors will be closed, but someone will be available during office hours (8.30-17h) to open the door if you ring the door bell. Between July 17 and August 13 the building will be closed after 19h on weekdays (no XS card access either). Closing times during weekends will remain the same.
Furthermore there’s quite a bit of construction work and other noisy stuff going on around the lab this summer:
- July 3: Lab closed because of very noisy and urgent construction work.
- June 25-July 7: More construction work. The construction workers have promised to limit noisy activities that may disrupt the experiments, to 7-9.00h in the mornings. If you nevertheless find building noises are bothering your experiment after 9am, please report it immediately to support staff in room 0.09.
- Yet more construction work that will necessitate closure of the lab for two days will happen later in July, we’re not sure when exactly, yet.
- The lab will be closed August 14-18 because the UIT-dagen are unbearably noisy and make it impossible to get to Janskerkhof 13. No lab support will be available on these days.
- The lab will be closed August 28-30 for the construction of a baby EEG lab in room K.02. More construction work (but less noisy) will continue into the first week of September.
Construction work will be done in the garden of Janskerkhof 13 from June 25-July 7. The work involves removing the small bike shed near the kitchen on the ground floor, and building a ramp for wheelchairs.
The construction workers have promised to limit noisy activities that may disrupt the experiments, to 7-9.00h in the mornings. If you nevertheless find building noises are bothering your experiment after 9am, please report it to support staff in room 0.09.
Please be aware that in the early morning on Tuesday the 20th of June, between 07:00 and 10:00 (AM) the network of Janskerkhof 13/13a (and hence the lab) will experience downtime. ITS will switch the network connection to a new core. The actual switch should take less than 15 minutes but we have scheduled time to throughly test the systems.
We apologize for any inconvenience all this required maintenance on the network is causing. Sorry!
Update: maintenance is finished and the lab still exists. Yeah!
Please be aware that in the very early morning on Thursday the 15th of June, between 06:00 and 8:00 (AM) the lab’s network-shares access will be unreliable. ITS will perform maintenance and testing that will cause the ICT&Media servers to be unreachable for ~10 minutes somewhere during this time period.
Update: maintenance has finished without any problems.
Images on this website (and other humanity websites) are currently not shown. The problem seems to have started sometime in the past weekend. We are working on a fix.
[imagine an inserted image of a diligent technician]
Update: the missing-image problem has been resolved. It seems that systems forgot where the images were supposed to be stored.
During the summer from July 17th until August 18th the entrance to Janskerkhof 13(a) will be closed to the general public. Entrance is only possible for those with an XS-pass. However, the lab will have visitors/participants throughout the summer. So, therefore the university is looking for someone who wants to apply for a position as porter/receptionist.
For additional information you can contact José Hooman at J.J.H.Hooman@nulluu.nl
Please be aware that in the early morning on Thursday the 8th of June, between 08:30 and 9:00 (AM) the lab’s network-shares access will be unreliable. Critical maintenance is required in addition to the previous maintenance (June 2nd). The shares cannot be reliably accessed during this time window.
Side note: the e-mail notification subject reads 2018 where it should read 2017. Sorry!
Update: the maintenance has completed and the shares are available once again.
Please be aware that in the early morning on Wednesday the 24th of May, between 05:00 and 07:00 (AM) the lab’s network will be unstable or down.
Central IT has planned core-network maintenance. It will likely disrupt network communication. Please refrain from using work stations, websites, and/or network shares during this time window.
Update: maintenance is finished and everything is still alive.
- Friday 14 April (Good Friday) till Monday 17 April (Easter Monday)
King’s Night & King’s Day
- Wednesday 26 April from 18:00 to Thursday 27 April
- Friday 5 May
- Thursday 25 May
- Friday 26 May (obligatory leave day)
- Saturday 3 June to Monday 5 June
In the week of 20 to 24th of March, unfortunately lab support will be somewhat limited. We have shifted our regular schedules to fill the gaps as well as possible. So, in the entire week support is available in 0.09 except for Friday 24th in the afternoon.
We have been experiencing problems with accessing the Lab-Drives and receiving system e-mails (e.g. FRIS). A power outage has struck the data-server rooms past night.
Systems have been unstable in the morning but everything should be up and running. If you still cannot access the lab-drives; please try rebooting your system. If this does not resolve problems please contact us at email@example.com.
Periodically we receive requests for button-box cutouts or labels. The button-box cutouts that were available on the website are outdated and instead of updating them we have decided to remove the cutouts all together.
The reason is that labels or cutouts stimulate bad experiment practice. This bad practice involves making the participant look at the button box before making a choice or at the minimum tempting the participant to do so.
Causing a shift in focus by the button box will result in it no longer being an accurate response-recording device. Good experiment practice is to provide clear and concise instruction or feedback via the computer display about a button press. This allows the participant to focus primarily on the display and will result in more accurate response time data.
Consult one of the technical staff members if you need any help with programming button instruction or feedback into your experiment script.
Update: The e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org should now work as expected again. However, we may not have received all e-mails that have been sent to this address in this period of time. If you think your e-mail did not reach us, please do not hesitate to contact us again.
Original message: It has come to our attention that our email address, email@example.com, is currently unavailable for users who do not use their Utrecht University mail account. This problem has just been discovered but may have started already early last Wednesday. If you have sent us an e-mail from a non-UU mail account (such as gmail, outlook or yahoo), we may not have received your e-mail. We are working to resolve the issue and we will update this post once it has been, but in the mean time, if you want to reach us, either use your UU mail account, send e-mails to our personal adresses, give us a call, or just drop by.
We are sorry for the inconvenience.
The computer systems in k04 and k06 have had a major upgrade! The systems in the other (experiment) labs will be upgraded at a later point in time.
The upgraded systems now feature solid-state drives which improves responsiveness and reduces start-up delay significantly. In addition, the systems now have a new installment of the GNU/Linux desktop environment. This new Kubuntu 16.04 version is a hefty upgrade from the previous Ubuntu 12.04 version (anno 2012). This new version includes the latest versions of open-sourced software such as Audacity, LibreOffice and much more.
Kubuntu comes with a new look that should be easy to work with and is similar to a Windows desktop environment. Not a fan of Kubuntu? Fear not! You can easily opt to start Windows 7 instead of Kubuntu. To do so, choose Windows OS in the boot-loader menu that shows up when (re)booting the computer.
The labs will be closed for Christmas (no access at all) at the following times:
- Friday December 23, 17:00h until Sunday January 1, 2017.
- From Monday January 2 to Friday January 6, 2017 all buildings will be closed during the evening: from 18:00h.
Starting Saturday January 7, regular opening hours will apply.
Enjoy your holiday!
The Facility Reservation and Information System (FRIS) has had an extensive update and has permanently been moved to a new location.
Please use the following URL to access FRIS from now on: https://fris.hum.uu.nl/.
The old URL, http://www.hum.uu.nl/uilots/lab/fris.php, will no longer work.
You will notice FRIS does not look like you’re used to. We’ve updated the website to be more future proof, intuitive to use and work on mobile devices.
We have also added functionality to login with your Solis-id in the future, rather than with your current credentials.
The first time you login on the new FRIS, you will be asked to change your password. Below the box where you can enter a new password, you can click the no longer use your Solis account to login in the future.
If you have a Solis-id with the Utrecht University, we strongly advise you to choose this option because you no longer have to remember separate credentials for this website and this option is safer as well.
For each account, there is only one method for authentication; either your chosen username and password, or your solis-credentials. You can always switch from one method to the other after you have logged in by clicking the “Change registration” button.
If you encounter any issues with the updated FRIS website, please contact Jan de Mooij
The Facility Reservation and Information System (FRIS) will be temporarily unavailable on Tuesday 4 October due to maintenance.
We will be updating the the site and moving it to a new location. Because of this, the site will not be reachable for a while, starting Tuesday 4 October at 9am and lasting at most until the end of the day.
Check back on this page on Tuesday 4 October for more information.
On Thursday 18 August, the old colorful button boxes have been replaced with the new USB Beexybox type of button box in most of the labs. The use of the new button boxes requires the latest version of Linux we installed for you: in the purple boot menu shown by the computers when starting up, simple select “Linux OS (New BeexyBox) [Ubuntu 12.04]” now instead of “Real-time Linux OS (Old ButtonBox) [Ubuntu 12.04]” (this option should be selected by default on all experiment machines that use the new button boxes)
The old button boxes have been removed, because we are in the progress of terminating support for them. If you still have an ongoing experiment which requires the use of the old button boxes for consistent measurements, please stop by and have a talk with us. If your ZEP experiment still uses the old button boxes, we can adapt your experiment for you to use the new Beexy box instead. If the use of the old button boxes is absolutely vital, we will be able to lend you an old button box, but we are terminating support for the old button boxes very soon, so this can only be used to finish currently ongoing experiments.
The new Beexyboxes have several advantages, making us confident the old button boxes are no longer required:
- The button boxes work with USB, meaning they can just as easily be used on the computers in our lab, as on one of our laptops. This increases the consistency of experiments that rely on the button boxes to measure response.
- Computers that have the proper connections for the old button boxes are no longer made, and making the changes necessary becomes increasingly hard, so this way, we’re future proof!
- Due to their new design, the Beexyboxes are more comfortable to use than the old button boxes.
The labs that now have the new Beexyboxes are:
We also prepared the connections for the Beexyboxes in the Baby lab and in the EEG lab, but we did not remove the already present button boxes just yet, so you can keep running your experiments there the way you’re used to. Should you want to use a Beexybox instead of a button box, please stop by, so we can provide you with one and give you some instructions on how to use it.
- Running an experiment involving the adult participant database is not recommended in summer since a lot of students are simply not in Utrecht then, so recruitment is rather difficult. If you want to try anyway, please contact Iris Mulders before Wednesday July 6.
- The lab will be closed August 15-18 because the UIT-dagen are unbearably noisy and make it impossible to get to Janskerkhof 13. No lab support will be available on these days.
- The rest of the summer, there will be lab support in room 0.09, but we may miss a day here or there due to support staff vacations. If you absolutely need support on a certain day, check in advance via firstname.lastname@example.org.
- From July 18 until August 12 the building will be closed, but someone will be available to open the door if you ring the door bell.
- Update: between Monday July 18 until Friday August 19 the building will close at 19h on weekdays, rather than at 22h.
This morning the UiL OTS Website has had a make over. We installed a new theme to the website, to bring the website back in line with all UU websites. But don’t worry, we changed only the appearance!
All the information should still be available on the website, right where you used to find it. If you notice anything wrong, please contact us at email@example.com.
Because of Liberation day and a ‘bridge’ day the laboratory will be closed on Thursday the 5th and Friday the 6th of May. Our apologies for any inconvenience but we hope you will enjoy your freedom and the projected sunny weather!
The CGN contains a large selection of annotated recording of the Dutch language. The CGN has been updated to version two and has been installed in a new location. The previous and incomplete version will be removed shortly. You can read how to access the new version here.
Yesterday evening some security issues on Windows have been revealed. This means we have to apply a security patch. All Linux systems are not affected by the patch, so no problems are expected for people working on a Linux system. The consequences are downtime for the following services on Friday 15th between 16:00 and 17:00 hour.
You won’t be able to use the computation server, better know as “rekenserver” and all the disks related to the lab:
IT-system maintenance is planned for Tuesday the 22nd of March. Logging in on Linux OS is not advised whereas Windows OS will work fine. Be advised that accessing the project folders may be difficult during this day. To prevent any experiments being ruined we have preemptively booked all UiL OTS laboratories. However, the laboratories will still be physically accessible.
If you have any questions feel free to contact us.
Six USB drives are newly available for lending. They come in 32GB are 64GB variants and can be borrowed from room 0.09. Availability of the drives is shown in the reservation system.
When transporting sensitive data we advise to use an encrypted archive format. This prevents privacy leaks and related corporal punishment. We are joking about the punishments but are quite serious about preventing leaks!
Note: the small update has now been deployed throughout the lab.
A new small update has been applied to the computers in K06 and will carefully be deployed to the other systems in the course of the coming week. Below a small overview of changes:
- Number of boot options are reduced to three:
- “Windows OS [MS Windows 7]”
- “Real-time Linux OS (Old ButtonBox) [Ubuntu 12.04]”
- “Linux OS (New BeexyBox) [Ubuntu 12.04]”
- Note that there are now two Linux versions: one for the old ButtonBox and one for the new BeexyBox; choose wisely
- Default boot option is now Windows OS for those systems that almost never boot into Linux (i.e.K06 and K04)
- Zep version 1.12.1 (with BeexyBox button-box support) has been installed
- Symbolic links on the Desktop of projects, projects-2, and dataexchange received a make-over
- A new “reset-desktop” script has been added to the desktop in order to reset your personal user interface in case of corruption or strange settings
- During Linux boot the update system now prints status updates (press F1 during ‘Ubuntu’ splash)
- The UiL-OTS update system now prevents users to login via GUI until the system has finished updating
- Monitors should now stop going into standby (we pray)
- Removed old printers and added a follow-me-COLOUR printer. Grayscale printing is currently not possible under the Linux OS
- General canonical Ubuntu updates have been deployed
- System time is now being synced with a central NTP server (was not being synced)
On Thursday January 21 and Friday January 22, a dormer (dakkapel) rooftop will be replaced on the garden side of Janskerhof 13. Noise associated with this is expected to be limited, and should certainly not be a problem for testing in K.10 and K.12. The expectation is that it should be fine to test in the other labs as well, but it’s hard to tell in advance. If you want to be absolutely sure that you don’t run into problems, don’t schedule participants for these days.
- testing after 16h on weekdays is always safe;
- testing on weekends is safe.
- you can only enter the building after 17h and on weekends if you have an XS card (employees only).
The remainder of this week, week 47 (Nov 18-20), and next week, week 48 (Nov 23-27) :
All this time there will be periodic CLANG CLANG CLANG noises from the remaining scaffolding being taken down, as well as assorted other building noises. This noise will not permeate into the sound-attenuated booths. There should be no drilling after 9 am.
=> Hard to tell if the CLANG CLANG CLANG or other noises will permeate into K.03A. To be on the safe side, probably a better idea to not test in K.03A on weekdays before 16h.
=> Testing in the booths in K.10 or K.12 should be OK during this week, in the sense that participants won’t hear the CLANG CLANG CLANG. For experiment leaders it may be less pleasant, but probably still bearable. There should be no drilling that penetrates into the participant booths, but if you hear some anyway, contact Maarten immediately (room 0.09/phone 030-253 9102).
The current planning is that the construction works will be finished by November 30. Of course we cannot be sure yet that they’ll make that date, but right now it looks like they will. Yay!
The past few weeks, some computers (especially the phonetics lab) have been disconnected from the network, to bypass certain problems, which we are working on to solve permanently. This meant that some people were unable to login to the computers.
From now on, the computers have to be connected to the network by default, meaning logging in using your Solis-ID will once again be possible. Users who want to make use of a local account in order to be sure of fully functioning computers now have to disconnect and afterwards reconnect the computers from the internet themselves.
Read why and how to do this in the how to Work on a local account
The Baby lab team temporarily works in another building, until the construction work at Janskerkhof is finished.
You can find us at Kromme Nieuwe Gracht 46, first floor.
Maartje de Klerk and Ao Chen: room 1.10
Şule Kurtcebe and Cora Pots: room 1.08
Baby lab interns Floor Simons and Karlijn Kouwer: room 1.07b.
The university has launched a new website that focuses on good practice in research-data management. While the UiL-OTS lab does provide its own data storage it is good to be familiar with this multidisciplinary initiative that can provide tips, tools, technologies and advice on long term-preservation for your research data, while facilitating its discovery and citation. We think this is a worthwhile read! – Lab Management
This (2015-10-02) and next Friday (2015-10-09) construction work will focus on removing the brick mortar in the outer walls of the lab building (Janskerkhof 13/13a). We cannot say the mortar removal will sound anywhere as nice as a great rock concert but it’ll likely sound as loud. The expected noise will make it improbible to perform reliable experiments. We recommend to steer clear of the lab this and next Friday. -Lab. Management
Update (4 sept 2015): SPSS version 23 is now available on the computers in K.09
Dear lab-users that are keen on analysing their data. We were just informed that licence for the old versions of SPSS (statistical-analysis software) has ran out. We are making haste with plans to enable the new version(s) SPSS (22 and 23).
Our apologies for any inconveniences!
The ‘Utrechtse IntroductieTijd‘ (UIT) will be happening this week (10-14 August). This event on the Janskerkhof will generate so much inconvenience for the lab that the lab is closed for most purposes during this period. Technical support can still be contacted but will be off site.
Futhermore, from today onward and lasting for several months there will be building maintenance. This will mainly affect the outside and top of the building and only should be very limited in the basement. We are in close communication with the workers to minimize the inconveniences during the maintenance. However, if you do find your research disrupted or have any complaints please post them to Chris so he can take any action if need be.
Effective immediately and until the 17th of August the entrance to the Janskerkhof 13/13a building is closed and can only be opened from the outside via an authorised access card. If you are not a staff member, then you can enter the building by ringing the doorbell. A freshly appointed doorman will open the door for you. The doorman is present from 9:00 until 17:00. If your experiment requires you to have access before or after this time period please contact the lab. management and we might be able to arrange a temporary access card.
The reason behind this closure are the recent unfortunate incidents with intruders and stolen objects. We kindly but firmly request you to help the cause by NOT allowing shady characters to enter the building alongside with you.
Update 4 – Summer time in the lab – renovation work, events, building closes early in the evenings, and other impediments
- Extensive renovation and construction work is being planned for Janskerkhof 13 for
July and AugustAugust till September/November. Some of the building activities will necessitate us to close the lab altogether, but we don’t know when exactly, or for how long. We have indicated that closing the lab for more than one week at a time is not possible for us, and we’ve been assured that we will be closely involved in the planning. Planning will happen at the end of July.
- If you want to run an experiment involving the adult participant database (not recommended in summer since a lot of students are simply not in Utrecht then), please contact Iris Mulders before July 8.
- From July 13 until August 22 the building will close at 19h, rather than 22h.
- The lab will be closed August 10-13 because the UIT-dagen are unbearably noisy and make it impossible to get to Janskerkhof 13. No lab support will be available on these days.
- The rest of the summer, there will be lab support in room 0.09 (in as far as the renovation activities will allow), but we may miss a day here or there due to support staff vacations. If you absolutely need support on a certain day, check in advance via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday 10 July at 14:30 another update will take place. Again, this should not be noticable for any users, but to be safe, we have blocked all the labs after 14:30 this friday. People working in K.06 are adviced not to do time sensitive experiments there. You will not lose anything, but timing may be inaccurate during the update process
In the morning of Monday 6 July, some maintenance is planned for the computer systems that we use in the lab.
We expect to get through this without any difficulty, but there is always a small chance something might go wrong. This means that in some cases, it is possible the computers will freeze multiple times for a while, or even that logging in to your account is not possible.
As said, this maintenance is planned for the morning of 6 July, but could be postponed until later that week. Unfortunately, we cannot be more precise at the moment, as we are dependent on information from other devisions within the university.
Should you encounter any of the above described problems, or notice other hiccups in the performance of the computers in the lab, do not hesitate to inform the technical support in room 0.09 immediately. The sooner we know of any trouble, the sooner it can be solved.
Due to FEP not having been updated in nearly 15 years and Zep being an improvement in almost all ways, support for FEP will be deprecated. This means that we will support existing experiments, in particular those that need to collect additional data and thus must use the same framework. New experiment requests which entail the modification of FEP scripts will generally be rebuilt in Zep however.
In the coming weeks the PCs in the labs will be replaced with newer models, these systems will not support running FEP, however old models will be kept available as reserves and can be put in place should such experiments need to be run, however it is very important that you contact the lab staff at least 1 week in advance of running a FEP script so that we can make the necessary preparations.
If you have any questions not answered above feel free to contact us.
A new update of the ZEP starting script has been released. UiL-OTS lab users are recommended to use this new linux-terminal-local-UILOTS.sh in order to start a terminal prior to calling Zep (right-click>Save Link As…). Please replace the linux-terminal.sh file with this new version. If you are running an old Zep script (version 0.x) and do not have a linux-terminal.sh you can ignore any this updated version. Downloading the file automatically prevents you from executing it: a safety feature for the big bad internet. To re-enable execution of the file right click it >> properties >> Permissions and tick the box that reads ‘Allow executing file as program’. With this you are ready to go!
The newest version now makes a (partial) local copy on ‘/data’ instead at ‘/var’ because of storage capacity. Because of decreased performance of the file server that holds the project maps (M: drive) running an experiment directly from a project map might lead to timing issues or errors. These errors are visible in the terminal when running an experiment. To ensure that script performance is not affected by the slacking file server the linux-terminal.sh is to be replaced. Note that this is only relevant when Zep experiments are performed in the UiL-OTS lab facilities. For other instances the normal linux-terminal.sh suffices.
For the past month the hardware for the printer in room K06 (the room with a lot of computers) has been failing regularly. To aid users in printing it is now possible to select an alternative printer. Under Windows OS the new printer is named ‘GW_JHK13_Medewerker_006‘ and it is physically located in 0.08; the room is upstairs and is next to the lab. support staff room. Please limit your use of this secondary printer as much as possible.
It is still not possible to print from under the Linux OS. We are actively investigating a solution and are sorry for possible inconveniences.
The last few days we have done our best to upgrade the site, make it more accessible and above all give it a more intuitive flow.
A few people have come to us to explain the articles new lab users have to read, were somewhat unclear and contained a lot of double information.
We have completely restructured those pages, trying to make them more clear, easier to oversee and less redundant.
If you have some advice about how we could do even better, or remarks about the new structure, please contact Jan de Mooij and let him know. We would very much appreciate it.
Tomorrow, 18 July 2014, this website will be down for (hopefully short) maintenance. We will then upgrade the website to a new template. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Update: Maintenance is still continuing, but all pages should be accessible again. Please let us know if you think something’s missing/not working!
UiL-OTS lab users are recommended to use linux-terminal-local-UILOTS.sh in order to start a terminal prior to calling Zep (right-click>Save Link As…). Please replace the linux-terminal.sh file with this new version. If you are running an old Zep script (version 0.) and do not have a linux-terminal.sh you can ignore any this updated version. Downloading the file automatically prevents you from executing it: a safety feature for the big bad internet. To re-enable execution of the file right click it >> properties >> Permissions and tick the box that reads ‘Allow executing file as program’. With this you are ready to go!
DETAILS: Because of decreased performance of the file server that holds the project maps (M: drive) running an experiment directly from a project map might lead to timing issues or errors. These errors are visible in the terminal when running an experiment. To ensure that script performance is not affected by the slacking file server the linux-terminal.sh is to be replaced. Note that this is only relevant when Zep experiments are performed in the UiL-OTS lab facilities. For other instances the normal linux-terminal.sh suffices.
Summer is almost here! If you are planning to work in the lab during the summer, please take note of the following:
- If you want to run an experiment involving the adult participant database (not particularly recommended in summer), please contact Iris Mulders before July 10.
- The lab will be closed August 11-14 because the UIT-dagen are unbearably noisy and make it impossible to get to Janskerkhof 13. No lab support will be available on these days.
- The rest of the summer, there will be lab support in room 0.09, but we may miss a day here or there due to support staff vacations. If you absolutely need support on a certain day, check in advance via email@example.com.
- Update: On weekdays from July 21-August 17, the building will close at 19h. See faculty newsletter.
We’ve added some new LimeSurvey manuals to our how-to section. There’s four in total now:
- LimeSurvey for linguists, a general introduction
- Audio in LimeSurvey, on having audio as stimuli
- Postprocessing LimeSurvey results, on a script to postprocess your survey results.
If you happen to have a request for a manual or a question about LimeSurvey, please do send lab support a mail (after consoling the how-tos of course ;)).
The audio systems in K.06 have all been fixed. On all computers audio is working again, which means you should be able to play back audio from your computer and record audio from now on.
If you still encounter a problem, please notify lab support in room 0.09
A lot of the research done in the UiL-OTS lab. involves the usage of sound stimuli. To control for sound interference some of the labs have been made sound proof. However, to further reduce the noise I’ve added some padding on the hallway doors.
We are also going to hang up signs that signal for silence in the hallway next to the lab. This is to prevent voluminous talking right next to the lab. doors but feel free to have chat in other hallways.
All faculty buildings, including the lab, will be closed on the following days:
- Friday 18 April (Good Friday)
- Sunday 20 April
- Monday 21 April
- Saturday 26 April
- Monday 5 May
- Thursday 29 May (Ascension Day)
- Friday 30 May (‘balance day’, i.e. obligatory leave day)
- Sunday 8 June
- Monday 9 June
It is already in the lab rules but apparently bears repeating: Do Not Rewire Anything. Ever.
Several of the wiring configurations in the phonetics lab have been modified in various nonsensical ways, and not even restored to their original configuration plus a few cables were apparently nicked to boot. If you require a different configuration or the setup does not work as you expect please come to room 0.09 and ask one of the lab support staff for assistance. That’s why we are here!
The lab staff will be attending EMLAR X from April 14th to 16th. In this period there will be limited to no support for the lab facilities, so make sure you either catch us before or after the conference. If you’re planning to attend EMLAR as well (highly recommended!), we’ll see you there!
Stop by during normal business hours to retrieve your phone.
Update March 5: phone retrieved! 🙂
FYI: Martijn will not be present next Wednesday, but will be on Monday.
Alex Manus will not be present next Wednesday but will be available the following Friday.
It is no longer possible to print from local accounts (such as those used on the lab computers, not K.06) due to ‘improvements’ in the printing infrastructure at the university. There does not seem to be a resolution for this but we will continue to investigate.
It may be possible to resolve the issues under Linux and I am currently trying to find a solution.
As you may have noticed, on the computers in flexplek in Janskerkhof 13 (and maybe on other computers too), the M drive where your project folders are has been replaced by ‘migratieschijf’, and ‘migratieschijf’ is empty. To get access to your project folders, follow the steps:
- Start Windows Explorer or double-click ‘My Computer’,
- Right click on ‘migratieschijf’,
- Select ‘disconnect’, and wait until ‘migratieschijf’ disappears.
- In the menu bar, choose ‘Tools’ -> ‘Map network drive’.
- In the dialog window that appears, click on the arrow on the right side, and select the letter ‘M’. (Do not choose any other letter).
- At ‘Folder’, type
- Click on ‘Finish’. A new Explorer window will appear, showing the contents of the K drive.
Dutch Vpro-Tv science program ‘Labyrint’ made an episode on Dutch & Flemish language and corpus, and had a short interview with prof. dr. Jos van Berkum, at the UiL OTS EEG lab. It also features prof. dr. Norbert Corver. You can view the episode here, or here , or local mirror.
We removed the microwave from the kitchen in the basement, because:
- The smells of hot food during the day gives a very unprofessional impression to the (parents of infant) participants in our experiments
- Mice and cockroaches like crumbs
- Computers don’t like crumbs
There is a microwave in the kitchen on the ground floor that you can use; please do all your eating upstairs, not in the lab.
After scheduled maintenance by ITS on Wednesday, the printer in K.06 was unavailable for most users. Our colleagues at ICT&Media have performed an update to the printer settings on all PC’s, and the printer should now be reachable again. If you still encounter problems, reboot your computer, try again, and if the problem then persists, contact us at room 0.09 in Janskerkhof 13, do not call 5600 (Facilitair Service Centrum).
For the usual printer problems (like toner replacement, paper jam, PC LOAD LETTER etc.) please let us know at room 0.09 in Janskerkhof 13, do not call 5600 (Facilitair Service Centrum). We’ll either forward the problem to them or will ask ICT&Media to come up with a solution.
We’ve now added the experiment repository to our website. We’ve reviewed the old repository, made some changes and added some custom-made experiments. We hope the new structure will help you to easily find a template that is suitable for your experiment (e.g. by using the search page). If you would like your experiment to be added, or have suggestions to improve the repository, please drop us an e-mail!
The manual for Fixation has been transferred from the old website to the how-to section. You can find it here. This sort-of marks the end of life of the old website: almost all content has been transferred now and will only be kept up-to-date on this new site. If you still find something’s missing, please drop us a mail (or comment here!).
We’ve noticed that in K.06 some of the mice and keyboards were either stolen or unplugged. Please be kindly reminded that you should never unplug lab equipment, ever, as is clearly stated in the house rules. Also know that the lab staff in 0.09 has equipment for loan if you forgot to bring your own. Follow-up reminders won’t be so friendly.
As you probably will have noticed, this is the new website for the UiL OTS labs. With this new site, we’re hoping that we’re able to reach two goals: a better showcase of our facilities and a clearer overview of how-tos and boilerplate experiments for our users.
We’re slowly moving content from the old site to the new site, so keep an eye on us! If you have ideas or content for the new website, don’t hesitate to contact the lab staff!
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