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Information technology tools and resources at the UW

September 20, 2016

October is cybersecurity month; briefings through 2017

anonymous hacker

As online scams continue to become more sophisticated, brush up on your computing security awareness year round, not only during cybersecurity month in October. The UW Office of the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) is hosting a series of free one-hour monthly briefings to share information, provide education and stimulate conversation on a range of information security and privacy topics. See all the cybersecurity October events, as well as the monthly briefings through 2017, on the CISO website.


September 19, 2016

Canvas template helps instructors organize—and students find—course materials

screenshot of Canvas template

When instructors open Canvas, the UW’s learning management system, they will discover a new resource: a template to guide course creation. The template, designed by UW-IT and tested by UW instructors, is based on research with UW students, who reported difficulty navigating course material in Canvas. Read more about the Canvas course template and watch a three-minute video highlighting the key features.


September 16, 2016

Technology Expo for UW students: Sept. 30

Students at the 2016 event

Find out about all the free technology, discounts and services available to you as a UW student at the Technology Expo on Friday, September 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Odegaard Undergraduate Library, first floor, as part of UW Dawg Daze schedule of events (search for “technology”). Visit booths from UW units, as well as Apple, Microsoft, Tableau and more. Enter the student drawing for a chance to win great prizes, and come early for other free gifts while supplies last. Meet the Library staff to learn about resources and services available there.


September 14, 2016

Share your data visualizations via the new UW Tableau Public Server

map of the world

Now you can share your data visualization dashboards with colleagues anywhere in the world, with the new UW Tableau Public Server. Hosted by UW-IT, the server keeps your data safe and secure; viewers interact with your dashboard but do not download it or the data behind it, and a UW NetID is not required for access. Now it is easy to share UW information, research data and analyses with peers, other institutions and the media. Both faculty and staff can use the UW Tableau Public Server. Learn more.


September 12, 2016

E-RESOURCE: UW Libraries’ guide to Election 2016

2016 election logo

It’s election season and the UW Libraries’ Election 2016 guide has everything you need to know. Follow the links to register to vote (online and mail-in deadlines are October 10; in-person is October 31), research the issues and attend a debate watching party (September 26; October 4, 9 and 19). Check out the Libraries’ editorial cartoons and political memorabilia displays, as well as “Fact or Fiction?” Get informed and vote.


September 9, 2016

Free video captioning, research study

speaker in a captioned video

Take advantage of the opportunity to have UW-IT’s Accessible Technology Services caption your highly viewed UW video presentation at no charge, making it more accessible to everyone. To qualify, videos should be used multiple times in one or more courses, or provided for the public on a department’s website. Instructors and units may apply online for this limited, fall and winter quarter offer. Faculty interested in participating in a research study, using multiple captioning options in their class, can check that box on the application.


September 7, 2016

Submit a UW Student Technology Fee proposal by Oct. 3

Student tech fee logo

The Student Technology Fee Committee is now accepting proposals to fund projects that help meet the technology needs of UW students in furthering their educational, research and other goals. The over $4 million of student fees collected annually has funded a diverse set of technology projects, from computer labs to microscopes, water research to plotters. Under a newly revised and now quarterly process, proposal applications may be submitted by October 3. Visit the STF website or attend a proposal workshop for details.


September 1, 2016

New “IT at the UW” quick start guide for students

UW student in the quad

Students now have one place to go to learn the essentials of IT at the UW. With the new Student Quick Start Guide, students can find the computing tools and resources they need to get their academic year off to a good start. From information about connecting to the internet from dorms or around campus, to setting up email, downloading necessary software and finding study spaces, the guide orients students to the many IT tools and central services they can use at the University of Washington.


August 29, 2016

UW Matlab software license renewed; aligns with fiscal year

Matlab web home page

The UW license agreement for Matlab (MATrix LABoratory), software that delivers powerful computation, visualization and application development tools to your desktop, has been renewed and now aligns with the UW fiscal year. Individual licenses expire September 1, and renewals and new subscriptions can now be made online, and will be valid through June 30, 2017. The price remains the same: $60 for faculty, staff or UW-owned systems; $30 for student-owned systems. Get details.


August 25, 2016

Homer security change requires some Windows users to update SSH clients by Oct. 31

chain and lock on computer keyboard

Outdated security methods leave UW users and information vulnerable to attack, so Homer (a UW-IT Linux server) will undergo a security update on October 31. After that, connections that do not use the modern “SSH version 2” security protocol will not be allowed. UW-IT is notifying affected users (that can be identified) that they need to change to software that meets the security requirements, recommending they download and install PuTTY on Windows. Macintosh users are not affected. Contact your local computing support group or email help@uw.edu for help.


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