Analysing Data
03 Oct 2014



Connecting to ISIS servers for data analysis, software used for data reduction and analysis

Image of user Analysing data

​​​​​​​​​Analysing data​


Connection to IDAaaS via web browser

IDAaaS is a cluster of virtual machines, with different choices of specification (including what software is installed) based on your workflow (e.g. WISH powder / single crystal diffraction experiment, MERLIN Horace scan, etc.). Access to the system is initially via the web:​​

You log in using your email address and password, the same as you use for accessing the ISIS proposal system. (N.B. if you forget your password, you can reset it via the user office webpage​ -​)
You then have a choice of what virtual machine you want, and you then connect to it via a web browser.

​​Help using IDAaaS

If you need help with some aspect of using IDAaaS your first port of call should be the help ​page:​

If this does solve your problem, contact the dedicated IDAaaS helpdesk:

Downloading data files

You can download data files directly using a web-based file browser that allows you ​access everything in your home and "RB" folders on IDAaaS. This will of course only be suitable for files for which download time will not be probhibitively long. For big files you are probably better off using SSH. Instructions are provided via the IDAaaS help pages.

The URL for the data file browser is (login is, like for IDAaaS, with your email address and ISIS proposal system password)​

Data reduction and analysis

​​​​​​​​​Conversion from raw data to a format that you can use for data analysis is done using Mantid. The process is described on the group data reduction page.

To visualise (and analyse) your data you can use tools in Mantid (Ms​​lice) or Horace.

Contact: ISIS Data Analysis