IT Connect

Information technology tools and resources at the UW

July 5, 2016

Free consult on unit IT infrastructure needs and significant savings encourage UW enterprise solutions

UW departments running IT infrastructure could see significant savings, thanks to incentives from a new UW-IT Infrastructure Program. UW-IT will waive startup costs and fees for consulting and engineering for some services to make it easier for units to adopt UW-IT enterprise-shared solutions. This program is the outcome of the UW Server Policy (APS 17.1) approved last year in support of UW’s Climate Action Plan’s sustainability goals, and is supported by Transforming Administrative Programs (TAP) initiative funds. Contact to request a consult.

June 30, 2016

Panopto: New release simplifies, personalizes video use and management

laptop showing Panopto lecture video

Experience a YouTube-like curated home page with the most recent release of Panopto, the lecture capture tool for UW students, faculty and staff. You’ll also get a personal view of your resources with My Folder—containing your bookmarked videos and everything you have access to or that has been shared with you—where you also can create videos. And because it uses industry-standard HTML5, you now can edit your videos, metadata and more without using Silverlight or Flash. To learn more, browse the Panopto 5.2 release notes or watch the overview video.

June 27, 2016

Connecting UW students with co-curricular experiences

student intern at the White House

How can online tools and systems better help students engage in co-curricular experiences that provide opportunities to develop crucial life skills? The UW-IT Husky Experience Discovery Project team undertook research to find out, asking students about which opportunities they value most and obstacles to participation. Its findings are now published as a case study in the EDUCAUSE Seeking Evidence of Impact series.

June 24, 2016

SPSS and SAS annual license renewals now available through UWare

Data shown in SPSS

UW students, faculty and staff can now go online to renew their SPSS (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences) or SAS software licenses for individual workstations. The price for the SAS annual license remains the same; however, the price has increased for the SPSS annual license for use on UW-owned equipment. These licenses are for teaching, learning and academic research purposes only, not to conduct University business or to be used for any other purpose. To renew, select SPSS or SAS on the UWare page.

June 20, 2016

New “UW-branded” look for weblogin on June 29

new weblogin sign-in page

When you sign in with your UW NetID on June 29, you’ll see a new, UW-branded look for the UW “weblogin” service ( This update—the first in 15 years—puts this interface in step with the UW brand, sporting a purple “W” logo and using the UW’s preferred Open Sans typeface. Coordination with the University’s IT support community and the Office of the Chief Information Security Officer should help everyone understand they are on a trusted UW website.

June 9, 2016

Splunk@UW Day is July 6: Save the date

table and graphic done using Splunk

Come to Splunk@UW Day to learn how you can use the Splunk service platform for operational intelligence to give you real-time insight into what’s happening across your department’s IT systems. Learn about searching, monitoring, analyzing and visualizing machine-generated data from websites, applications, servers, networks, sensors and mobile devices. Sessions include security fundamentals as well as more advanced topics. Be at UW Seattle HUB 334 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on July 6.

June 1, 2016

Connect securely from off-campus with new Husky OnNet service

man using computer in cafe

A new way to securely connect to the UW network from remote locations is now available for UW students, faculty and staff—Husky OnNet. This new service is provided by UW-IT via UWare, where you can download the Husky OnNet applications for Windows and Mac operating systems. Husky OnNet lets you access UW-provided research databases and journals, departmental servers, specialized applications, desktops, printers, etc., without being on campus. The cost is supported by the Technology Recharge Fee. Learn more about Husky OnNet.

May 31, 2016

Oversight, reporting is required for IT projects and acquisitions at UW

Hand holding magnifying glass reading important document

To ensure responsible stewardship of UW resources, and to meet Washington state requirements for all public institutions, every University IT project and acquisition—equipment, software, services, etc.—must comply with oversight and reporting requirements under an updated UW policy. The Information Technology, Telecommunications and Networking Projects and Acquisitions Policy (Administrative Policy Statement 2.3) was recently revised to clarify state and UW reporting requirements, reflect the role of University IT governance boards and describe exemptions. Level of risk, costs and impact to the UW help determine the level of oversight.

May 25, 2016

UW’s Amazon Web Services now HIPAA compatible

Amazon Web Services graphic

UW’s Amazon Web Services (AWS), available to all UW researchers and employees through a UW-IT AWS Account, is now both FERPA and HIPAA compatible, thanks to a new Business Associate Agreement signed by the UW on May 17. Get details on benefits, such as the Indirect Cost Waiver for UW research grants and Data Egress Fee Waiver, as well as on specific operational limitations and requirements, in the UW-IT Service Catalog.

May 24, 2016

New Canvas design helps track assignments and more

Canvas dashboard

On June 15, a new interface for Canvas, the University’s learning management system, will make it easier for students to see favorite courses, track assignments and due dates, and view grades. With updates to the Canvas dashboard, global navigation and sidebar, students and instructors will be able to see recent activity in all their courses, update their course lists and quickly change notification preferences. A two-minute video provides a quick overview of all the features in this new design.

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