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The info below has been assembled to provide information for visitors and others that may wish to use the computer or network facilities while visiting the MBARI campus and for those who may be corresponding or collaborating with MBARI staff from afar and need to know the best ways to communicate and share data with the Institute electronically. In case your specific need is not covered here or you have questions, please contact the Information Systems group, and we will do our best to address your situation.
The MBARI staff section of the site includes addresses for most MBARI staff members.
The maximum message size which will be accepted by MBARI’s shore-based mail servers is 25MB. If you attempt to send an email message larger than this, you will receive an automated response telling you that the message wasn’t delivered.
If you need to deliver larger files to MBARI, use one of the following alternative data transfer methods:
MBARI provides an anonymous File Transfer Protocol (FTP) server to facilitate the transfer of data and other research related information between MBARI staff members, their colleagues, and their collaborators. Any use of MBARI’s FTP site or server for anything other than MBARI sanctioned projects and research is prohibited. All access and transfers are logged.
Once connected to the FTP server, you will see two directories (folders):
You may access the server in a number of different ways:
Clickable links to documents or folders on FTP servers can be included in email messages or web pages for easy access. An example of an FTP link for MBARI’s server would be ftp://ftp.mbari.org/pub/folder/file, where folder and file will be replaced with the particular folder(s) and file names pointing to the linked file. If your system is configured with an FTP client defined for handling FTP URLs, clicking on the link will open the FTP client and start the file transfer (if a single file is specified) or open a window showing the FTP directory contents (if an FTP folder is specified). If an FTP client is not configured for automatic handling of clicked FTP URLs, the URL can be copied and pasted into an FTP client, Windows File Explorer, or macOS Finder’s Connect to Server dialog to access the resource.
Visitors to MBARI may use the Institute’s public wireless network, subject to MBARI’s Acceptable Use Policy. To utilize this network, your device will need to have WiFi capability (802.11g/n/ac) and support WPA2 encryption. The wireless network name (or SSID) will appear as an available network choice on your device. Ask an MBARI staff member for the current WiFi password.
MBARI has wireless network coverage most areas on the campus, indoors and out. This network allows access to the internet and the internet-accessible computing resources at MBARI. Internal resources are not directly accessible from the guest wireless network without an MBARI network account. If you need access to the MBARI internal network while visiting MBARI, you will need a user account which has been requested by either Human Resources or an authorized MBARI staff member.
Visitors to MBARI may use “LPR printing” to print to MBARI network printers. Step-by-step setup instructions for Windows and Mac clients are below. For those familiar with setting up LPR printing, here is a brief synopsis of the information you need:
After determining the name and model of the printer you wish to print to, set up an LPR connection to it on a Windows computer by following the steps below. (These instructions were written for Windows 10.)
After determining the name and model of the printer you wish to print to, setup an LPR connection to it on a macOS computer by following the steps below.
Visitors to MBARI as well as remote collaborators and others accessing MBARI computer resources are expected to abide by MBARI’s Acceptable Use Policy for these resources. In this policy, the term, “Computer Facilities” is defined to include MBARI’s computers, computer networks, connections to external computer networks, and subscriptions to external computer services. This includes network devices owned by other individuals or organizations but attached to the Institute’s network. “Licensed software” collectively refers to copyrighted and proprietary programs, data and documentation. “Software” collectively refers to the programs, data, and documentation developed from the Institute’s research activities.
The following are general guidelines for appropriate usage of MBARI’s computer systems.
The CEO reserves the right to determine what constitutes unreasonable use of the Computer Facilities. MBARI attempts to provide an open and enriching setting for research in the ocean environment. Anything which interferes with the operation of any MBARI Computer Facility, licensed software, or software is prohibited. Prohibitions include but are not limited to the following: