Badger (formerly CORAL) is the suite of software tools used to run the SNL and other service centers on campus.

Some of the key featured uses of this software are:

  1. To insure that only people who are trained and qualified to use a particular piece of equipment have access to it.
  2. To track equipment usage by individual lab members and thus generate bill accounts accordingly.
  3. To allow lab members to reserve equipment so that equipment use may be allocated in an efficient manner.
  4. To communicate both equipment and process problems to other lab members and staff.

Each lab member is assigned a Badger computer account. This allows you to "enable" those tools in the lab, which you have been trained and qualified to use. "Enabling" activates a piece of equipment and starts the clock for tracking your lab fees; thus, your Badger account is linked to your billing information. Each lab member is required to have his or her own Bader computer account, even if several lab members are working on the same project and fees are charged to the same billing account. In addition, a single individual working on several projects charged to different billing accounts might have several projects linked to his/her Badger computer account.

Note: as in any other networked environment, you are expected to be a responsible user. You may use only your own individual account and access privileges; do not share your account name and password with anyone.


Completing the Application Process
New Stanford Members - You should complete an SU-13 and submit the form to the appropriate administrative person for the lab you will be using. Once this is done follow the instructions below to install Java and run Badger for the first time. This will complete your online application for an account.

New External Users - Not all labs are currently accepting external users. Contact the appropriate lab to see what the status is.

Installing Java (Windows)
Download Java Runtime Environment from:
Note: you only need to download the link on this page that says "Java Runtime Environment (JRE) X.Y Update Z ". The Java Runtime Environment includes everything that you need to run Badger including Java Web Start. You don't need the SDK (software developer's kit), the enterprise edition (J2EE), or the version that is bundled with NetBeans.

Installing Java (Mac)
Use Software Update to ensure you have the latest version of Java for your MacOS. Note, this requires Java for MacOS 10.6 and higher.

Running Badger for the first time
It is important to note that you must either be on the Stanford campus network or use the Stanford VPN to access the application. Information on using the VPN is here.
Open a browser on the machine that you would like to run Badger from. Point the browser to:
This should download and then run Badger. It will probably open a window or two warning you about the certificate, but go ahead and click OK to install.
Use the "New Member?" button on the login to complete the application. You will receive a confirming e-mail once staff have approved your online application. You must have a valid PTA to complete the application.
Lab staff can assist with using the application and getting you qualified on the equipment. You must be complete the appropriate forms, and training before you can be qualified by staff to use the equipment.

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