he Crystallography Computer Support Group (CCSG) / Biological Computer Support Group
The Department of Crystallography had a long history of applying computers to scientific research. Dating back to origins of the department in the 1940's and the beginning of electronic computers in the UK. Notably the work of Andrew Donald Booth and his development of the APE(X)C, or All Purpose Electronic (X) Computer series at Birkbeck College.
With the growth and increased complexity of departmental scientific computer faculties in the 1980's, it became apparent that a specialist house group was required to support and managed these facilities. This role was for filled by the Crystallography Computer Support Group (CCSG).
In August 2009 the Department of Biological Sciences was created, by merging the School of Crystallography and the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences.
The Crystallography Computer Support Group (CCSG) responsibilities were expanded to cover this new department
The computer support group is responsible for most of the departmental IT resources used for administration, research and teaching. This includes:
The group's involvement covers the entire life cycle of a system or service within the department, from selection, purchases, installation and operation through to decommissioning and disposal.
We also provide basic network connectivity to the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences.
To deliver the services required by members of the department, the support group, where appropriate, collaborates and works with other groups including:
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