IT Connect

Information technology tools and resources at the UW

August 4, 2015

UW Profiles Portal Honored; New Research Awards and Proposals Dashboards

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The UW Profiles Portal, the single access point to a set of Web-based dashboards featuring core UW data, has received the business intelligence industry’s most prestigious honor—The Data Warehousing Institute (TDWI) Best Practices Award. The international award recognizes excellence and innovation in developing business intelligence, data warehousing and related data management applications. UW Profiles Portal provides a dynamic way to access, explore and understand core UW data through 21 summary and comparison visual dashboards, which now include research awards and proposals, as well as a searchable catalog and robust documentation.

August 3, 2015

Register for September Software Webinars Offered by UW POD

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UW students, faculty and staff can register now for software webinars offered this September by UW Professional and Organizational Development (POD). Two Managing and Organizing Your Email Inbox webinars are being offered, one for Microsoft Outlook users and another for Google Apps. In addition, two Excel webinars are scheduled: Microsoft Excel Techniques covers the fundamentals while Advanced Excel PivotTables explores a powerful tool for data analysis. Most are 1.5 hours for $65 and can be charged to a UW budget number.

July 30, 2015

UW Front-end Web Development: First Meeting August 7

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The first meeting of the UW Front-end Technologies Community of Practice to share knowledge around front-end Web development is Friday, August 7, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the UW Tower T-22 Ravenna Room. Topics include unit testing and Karma, front-end interface accessible design, LESS and Bootstrap usage and customization, Plato Javascript and Aerobatic. Accessibility, optimization and responsive design are ongoing considerations. Questions? Contact Jeane Marty.

July 28, 2015

New, UW-branded website in WordPress for UW-IT

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UW Information Technology’s refreshed website about the organization offers an improved user experience and consistent look and feel within the family of UW-branded WordPress sites. You can read UW-IT’s publications and feature stories, get Technology Recharge Fee information and self-sustaining services details, scan the latest UW-IT News Twitter posts and more.

July 14, 2015

New High Performance Computing Information for UW Researchers Now Online

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UW researchers now can use the comprehensive new High Performance Computing Web pages in IT Connect to more easily understand and access research computing services such as Hyak, large-scale data storage, and UW’s High Speed Research Network with its Science DMZ feature. Read also about the powerful impact UW supercomputing has had in supporting UW researchers. These pages provide an easy way to send a question or suggestion to UW-IT Research Computing.

July 13, 2015

UW Google Apps: New Layout/Design and Work Management Tools

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As of July 13, UW Google Apps include Lucidpress and Kerika, layout/design and work management tools. Lucidpress is a Web-based layout/design software application that includes collaboration features and a large library of templates for creating print and digital newsletters and brochures. Kerika supports work management for distributed Lean and Agile teams; it integrates with Google Drive and lets you share Kanban Boards, Scrum Boards and Whiteboards with anyone, anywhere. Learn more about Lucidpress and Kerika.

July 9, 2015


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Are you a Puccini fan? Or perhaps Wagner is more your style. Whether you prefer Madama Butterfly or Don Giovanni, you can have the Metropolitan Opera right in your living room. Met Opera on Demand pro­vides stream­ing online access to over 500 Met­ro­pol­i­tan Opera performances. Brought to you by UW Libraries.

June 25, 2015

Effective July 1: UWATS Codes No Longer Needed for Domestic Long Distance Calls


Reminder: As of July 1, UW-IT will not bill for long distance calls to the U.S. and Canada, and you will not need to enter a UWATS code for these calls. If you have a fax machine with a UWATS code programmed into it, be sure to change the programming. The UW’s new unified phone rate includes basic telephone service, a handset, voicemail, and unlimited local and U.S./Canada long-distance calling for $8.70 per line per month. For details, see the Phone Rate and Long Distance FAQs. For international long distance, excluding Canada, you may continue to use your UWATS code or direct dial capability while UW-IT explores options and transitions that service in the upcoming academic year.

June 23, 2015

UW Students Invest in Research Computing


UW students have strengthened their ability to do research computing at the UW by investing in High Performance Computing (HPC) resources and forming a new HPC club. The Student Technology Fee Committee purchased capacity in Hyak, the University’s shared HPC cluster, guaranteeing access to over 600,000 compute hours per month and one-third of a petabyte of data storage. The new club will promote best practices, advocate for student needs and help to shape the UW’s HPC offerings.

June 15, 2015

UW Students and Faculty See a Place for Social Media in Learning

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UW students and faculty are interested in the potential use of social media as a learning tool, even as they worry it may be a distraction in the classroom, according to a 2014 survey about technology experiences at the UW and other universities.  The survey is conducted every spring by the EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research (ECAR) in conjunction with UW-IT, and findings help inform UW-IT’s plans for improving the teaching and learning experience.

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