Bock Labs Server FAQ


The Bock Labs Server is LOCI’s way to centrally store the data that LOCI researchers create.  It’s for storing anything you want.  You can store raw images, Excel  spreadsheets, Word Documents, and more.

No.  The Bock Labs Server is meant to be your primary storage location for the data you create, not just a backup of your computer.  The Bock Labs Server can be added to your computer's desktop the same way as an external hard drive, so it's possible for you to work on your images from multiple locations without having to worry about synchronizing files across multiple computers.

  • No more flash drives or FTP.
  • It's accessible from any computer that has an internet connection. 
  • It is password protected.
  • It’s easy to share data with other LOCI members.
  • It’s backed-up in case of hardware failure.
  • No more syncing files across multiple computers.
  • It's possible to go back and retrieve deleted files.

Follow the instructions here.

The FTP server isn't backed up, nor is it as secure as the Bock Labs server.  LOCI's goal is to keep the FTP server, but have only infrequent and non-UW users use it.

No.  The Bock Labs Server has been set up so that while you can easily see other people's data, only you can delete your own data. 

Once you are connected to the server, Fiji will treat it the same way as a local hard drive or flash drive.  When you open files, you may have to search for your directory.    On the shared computer list, click data.ad.bocklabs.wisc.edu.  Click on LOCI, and then your user account.  Since ImageJ remembers where you last opened files, you should not have to do this often. 

Also, if you are on a Mac or followed the "Map Network Drive" option on a PC, you can drag and drop files from the network drive onto the Bio-Formats shortcut screen.