Group Projects

Research groups have several GitLab groups that can hold their projects:

  • OU-<group>
  • PRIVATE-<group> or PRV-<group>
  • PROJECT-<group> or PRJ-<group>
  • SHARED-<group>
  • Sub Groups

where <group> is the upper case OU name of the research group. All of these are created on demand. The abbreviated groups names keep the URLs short but are less readable.

The owner for each group is typically the ITC. The role can be given to another member of a research group who will take care of managing projects on GitLab.


All staff users (not students and guests) of a research group are automatically added to this GitLab group as Guest Members (unless the ITC chooses to manually add and remove users or defines a different initial access level). ITC of the appropriate GitLab group can individually create new projects and subgroups.

This is the recommended GitLab group to use for research groups where people collaborate extensively.


For projects or special user groups it is possible to request additional groups as OU-<group>-<project>. Group members are assigned manually by the ITC. The projects are created (or moved here) by the group members.

PRIVATE-<group> or PRV-<group>

Only the ITC is member of this GitLab group. Access to projects in this GitLab group is not managed through the group membership but rather by adding members to projects of the group. The projects are created (or moved here) by the ITC.

This is recommended for projects where only specific users should have access.


Only the ITC is member of this group. This GitLab group has the visibility level set to internal meaning that all authenticated GitLab users can view its projects. The projects are created (or moved here) by the ITC.

Putting projects here is meaningful if they contain data that can be shared with all users at ETH.

PROJECT-<project> or PRJ-<project>

PROJECT-<project> is intended for projects that are used by several research groups. Projects are moved here by an ITC of the involved research group.

Sub Groups

Within all of the above mentioned default GitLab namespaces it is possible to create further sub groups to group projects and members together.

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