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How-tos

Accessing your (Research) Data

Last updated on 8 March 2022 by Iris Mulders

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This how-to describes how to access your research data. If you want to know how to store your data, or if you need help understanding the various drives, see the how-to Storing your (Research) Data.

The project folders are stored on the O-drive, the main network drive at the UU. You can find the project folders under ‘O:/Research/GW/Projects’. Instructions for accessing the O-drive are included below.

The procedure varies a bit depending on your location, on your operating system, and on your status (student (BA or (R)MA), teaching staff (UD/UHD/HL), or research staff (PhD student, postdoc)).

When you log in using your Solis ID in the lab, the O drive will already be available. You will find the project folders under ‘Research/GW/Projects’.

Under Windows 10

Open drive O: (UU O-Drive). You will find your project folder under ‘Research/GW/Projects’.

Under Linux (Kubuntu v16.04)

On the Desktop use the link called UU-Drives where you will find a folder called ‘O-Drive’. Alternatively type cd /mnt/symbolic/O-Drive in a terminal.

You will find your project folder under ‘Research/GW/Projects’.

This applies to almost all computers at the university: employee PCs, and computers in classrooms, including the computer rooms in Kromme Nieuwegracht 80.
Only computers managed by faculty IT might not have the O-drive by default (but those are quite rare).

On a Solis PC (managed by ITS), the O drive will already be available.
Open drive O: (UU O-Drive). You will find your project folder under ‘Research/GW/Projects’.

  • This method of connecting under VPN should work for employees as well as (RMA Linguistics) students. If you’re having problems, please let us know.
  • You will need two-factor authentication to make a VPN connection; if you don’t have 2FA set up yet, you can do so at https://mysolisid.uu.nl/.

Follow the directions in the ITS manual U and O drive on Windows 10 to access the O-drive on your Windows 10 machine.

Once you have access to the O-drive, you can find your project folder under ‘O:/Research/GW/Projects’

  • This method of connecting under VPN should work for employees as well as (RMA Linguistics) students. If you’re having problems, please let us know.
  • You will need two-factor authentication to make a VPN connection; if you don’t have 2FA set up yet, you can do so at https://mysolisid.uu.nl/.
  • Only Mac OS version 10.12 and later can definitely connect. Earlier versions of Mac OS have faulty features that cannot be circumvented; OS 10.7 may still work though if you fiddle around a bit (ask Iris for help). If the VPN connection is refused, restarting your computer often helps.


Follow the directions in the ITS manual VPN on MacOS to access the VPN on your Mac. Next, follow the ITS manual U and O drive on MacOS.

Once you have access to the O-drive, you can find your project folder under ‘Research/GW/Projects’


  • These instructions are meant for those that have experience using command-line interfaces effectively.
  • These instructions were tested on an Ubuntu v20.04 installation but are expected to work on nearly all Debian-based distributions.
  • This method is (probably) not available to students.

Connect to the Virtual Private Network (VPN)

Firstly, make sure you install the required packages:
sudo apt update; sudo apt-get install cifs-utils keyutils

Secondly, install the AnyConnect VPN client by going to vpn.uu.nl and logging in with your Solis-ID.
You should get a ‘Download for Linux’ button. This will download an installer.

Install the client with this command:
sudo dpkg -i Downloads/icaclient_19.12.0.19_amd64.deb
Note: the filename might differ between versions.

You should now have the AnyConnect client. Open it, enter ‘vpn.uu.nl’ as the server, click connect and login.

To simplify the mount command, please set the environment variable SOLISCOM_USERNAME:
SOLISCOM_USERNAME=<Your Solis ID here!>

Ensure that the target directory has been created (we use /mnt/uilots for this example):
sudo mkdir --parents /mnt/uilots

Finally, mount the O-drive:
sudo mount -t cifs //soliscom.uu.nl/uu/data /mnt/uilots -o username=$SOLISCOM_USERNAME,domain=soliscom,uid=$UID,nounix,noserverino,vers=default

Disconnect the mount and VPN

When you are finished with the mounts, first unmount the UiL-OTS data server:
sudo umount /mnt/uilots
Secondly, open anyconnect again and click ‘Disconnect’

This method of connecting should work for all BA and (R)MA students, and for teaching staff. Research staff (PhD students, postdocs) do not have access to Solisworkspace, because it is meant for teaching, and ITS thinks that PhD students and postdocs do not teach. Feel free to try it anyway, and please let us know whether it works. NB: at the time of writing (Feb 2022) Solisworkspace does not work for Mac OS users to get access to the O-drive.

Students and teaching staff can access the lab drives through https://solisworkspace.uu.nl/, a virtual environment where you can access your university drives and campus-licensed software through your browser. When you first log in, you will be asked whether you want to install Citrix Receiver – choose yes. To access the lab drives, go to APPS and search for “Windows Explorer”; the O-drive should be listed.

This method of connecting to the O-drive should work for everybody, but it does involve using Webdav, which can be pretty buggy, especially on a Mac.

On Windows

  1. Start file explorer
  2. Right-click Computer > Map Network Drive
  3. Select a drive letter (e.g. Y)
  4. Insert https://webdav.uu.nl/data/
  5. Uncheck Reconnect at Logon
  6. Check Connect using different credentials
  7. Press Finish and provide queried credentials: soliscom\Solis-ID (not your email address)

You should now have access to your folder. Upload your experiment by copying the files to this folder. Make sure your experiment’s main HTML file is called index.html!

On macOS

  1. Open “Finder” > “Connect to Server”
  2. Insert https://webdav.uu.nl/data/
  3. Provide queried credentials: soliscom\Solis-ID (not your email address)

You should now have access to your folder. Upload your experiment by copying the files to this folder. Make sure your experiment’s main HTML file is called index.html!

On Linux

KDE (Kubuntu, OpenSUSE)

  1. Open Dolphin (the file manager)
  2. Select the URI bar or press CTRL+L
  3. Insert webdavs://webdav.uu.nl/data/

If you have any questions, please call 06-2273 6073, or e-mail lab support.