Notebooks - a web environment for data analytics in research and teaching
Notebooks (https://notebooks.csc.fi) provides easy-to-use environments for working with data and programming. You can access everything via your web browser and CSC cloud environment computes on the background. Different versions of Jupyter Notebooks, RStudio Server and Apache Spark tools are provided via Notebooks.
Notebooks are free of charge for Finnish academic research customers. Users can login with their CSC accounts or using their home organisation's Haka login, in which case CSC accounts are not needed. Notebooks are especially convenient for training courses. There is no need to install applications on classroom computers. Environments are guaranteed to be identical for each student.
With power user rights on the system you can customise your own notebooks. Lecturers can e.g. create ready-made course notebooks with required applications, datasets and exercises. If visitor accounts are needed for international students, you can request them via Service Desk. Notebooks is powered by software called Pebbles and power usage of the system is described in Pebbles documentation.
For a 30 minute walkthrough of Notebooks and custom environments, check out our webinar.