Getting Started

cron provide the Department of Urban Studies and Planning with IT support and facilitate access to other resources managed by IS&T (Information Systems & Technology). cron can advise users on equipment to purchase, and manage the day-to-day operations of the Department's computing infrastructure. (For a complete breakdown of specific services provided/supported by cron and those by IS&T and whom to contact, please consult Contact.)

cron maintain an environment in which technology is easily accessible for coursework, independent study and research. It manages a complex computer network supporting Macintosh, Windows and Linux operating systems.

Software provided includes office productivity suites, two and three-dimensional computer aided design (CAD), video editing, multimedia, image processing, geographic information systems (GIS) and statistics. Where licenses allow, software is available for installation on student-owned computers without charge.

Hardware includes color and black-and-white laser printers, wide-format plotters, scanners (flatbed, slide and wide-format), portable projectors, and video equipment. Computers are located in studios, classrooms, labs and other areas. Many rooms are equipped with LCD screens or overhead projectors. Refer to pages of this web site to learn where equipment is located. During the academic term, computer facilities are available 24 hours a day to enrolled students. In addition to the Department's facilities, all MIT students have access to workstations in Athena clusters located throughout the MIT campus.

There is no fee for using the computers in the public areas, but students are charged a subsidized rate for printing, plotting, photocopying, thesis printing, distributed software and sundry. A Facilities Fee charge appears on students' Bursar's statement each term as does a monthly 'cron Monthly Plot Fee' for those using plotters. The Facilities Fee has been waived for AY 2020-21.

Please view the Contact page for any questions/requests not addressed in these pages.

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