Information technology tools and resources at the UW
May 6, 2015
New Unified Phone Rate Includes Long Distance, Softphone and More for All UW Campuses
Beginning July 1, 2015, UW-IT will initiate a new unified phone rate including basic telephone service, a handset, voicemail, and unlimited local and U.S./Canada long-distance calling for $8.70 per line per month. Though it’s a $0.53 increase for those currently paying for basic phone service and telephones, it includes long-distance calling, which will no longer be billed separately. UW-IT will transition away from UW-provided international long distance altogether, allowing customers to obtain vendor-provided pre-paid calling cards. For more information, see the Phone Rate and Long Distance FAQs.
May 5, 2015
IT Training: Free Tableau and Excel Workshops From UW-IT
Free UW-IT workshops teach UW staff and faculty how to visualize their data using Tableau software and do drag and drop analysis using Microsoft Excel PivotTables. Sessions last from one hour to all day and no programming skills are required. Learn more and register online for upcoming sessions on the UW Data & Analytics website.
May 4, 2015
New eScience Data Science Studio Office Hours: Consulting on Data Management
Get help with data management and analysis challenges at the eScience Institute’s Data Science Studio Office Hours, on the sixth floor of the Physics/Astronomy Tower. During two-hour slots, Monday through Thursday, faculty and researchers can receive expert advice from eScience data scientists, UW libraries, UW-IT, the Center for Statistics and the Social Sciences, and Amazon Web Services scientific computing team to help steer them toward appropriate solutions. Learn more.
May 1, 2015
UW Units Continue to Move to UW Exchange
UW departments continue to move to UW Exchange from Deskmail and local email services, enabling shared calendaring and fostering collaboration within and across units. All those participating in UW Exchange can see one another’s calendars, making it easy to schedule meetings. UW Exchange, one of several Microsoft Office 365 service offerings, provides email, calendaring, contacts and task management. UW-IT has successfully migrated 15,000 users to UW Exchange, and low-cost migration assistance is available for units wanting to move now. Get details.
April 14, 2015
UW Wi-Fi Gets Positive Ratings in Survey of Students, Faculty
UW students and faculty are much more satisfied with Wi-Fi on campus and in instructional spaces compared with students and faculty at peer institutions, according to a 2014 survey about technology experiences at the UW and other universities. UW students also rate ease of login and network performance higher than students at other colleges. The survey is conducted every spring by the EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research (ECAR) in conjunction with UW-IT.
April 13, 2015
Survey Asks: What Is Your Experience With UW-IT?
A random sample of UW students, faculty and staff from all three campuses will be invited to complete a brief survey in early May about their experiences with UW-IT. The survey will ask about customer experiences with a selection of services including firstname.lastname@example.org, collaborative tools, Wi-Fi, classrooms, research technologies and more. If you are invited, please take the survey to provide your feedback to UW-IT. The confidential survey will be administered by the UW Office of Educational Assessment, with results reported in the fall.
April 11, 2015
UW Tech Talks May 13; Presentation Proposals due May 4
UW’s technology support community is invited to the Spring Quarter Campus Tech Talks to share ideas, expertise and case studies. If you have a topic you would like to present, contact Stephen Bangs with your presentation proposal by May 4. Past topics include advanced teaching and learning, identity management, and software licensing. See past presentations in the Tech Talks archive. Save the date: Wednesday, May 13, 10:00 a.m. to noon, Odegaard Undergraduate Library, Room 220, UW Seattle.
April 10, 2015
No Indirect Cost Charges on UW-IT Research Storage, Compute and Cloud Services
Effective April 1, UW-IT research storage, compute and contracted cloud services are no longer subject to the Facilities & Administrative (F&A) rate for sponsored research expenditures, reflected in the updated UW Grants Information Memorandum 13. UW-IT offers large-scale storage and compute services to UW’s research community, including cloud service from vendors such as Microsoft and Amazon, giving Principal Investigators options to expand or reduce usage, as well as migrate between services. Learn more about UW-IT services to support research.
April 8, 2015
“Relevant Events” on MyUW Mobile Helps Students Maximize Their UW Experience
UW students will soon see upcoming happenings that might be of interest to them, based on their major, on MyUW mobile’s just released “Relevant Events.” MyUW mobile pulls event data from departmental calendars that use the UW’s event calendar software, Trumba, and displays it for students. Learn more about how it works. Only calendars that run on Trumba can show events on MyUW mobile through this new integration. Departments that want to switch to Trumba can contact email@example.com for assistance.
April 6, 2015
UW TechConnect 2015 Materials Now Online
This year’s TechConnect Conference on March 24 attracted 400 members of the University’s IT community who chose from the day’s 15 programs and connected with peers from 28 departments. Event photos and presentations are now online. For those who were not able to attend, the updated website provides a great way to tune in and see why you’ll want to come next year.