Information technology tools and resources at the UW
February 7, 2017
E-RESOURCE: Independent Voices
Learn how movements for social change, particularly from the 1960s to the 1980s, found their voices in the alternative press. Independent Voices is a digital collection of alternative press newspapers, magazines and journals during a transformative period of history by feminists, anti-war activists, campus protesters, LGBTQ and minority advocates, and right-wing press groups. Independent Voices and other e-newspapers are brought to you by UW Libraries.
February 3, 2017
New HR/Payroll system on track to launch in mid-June
Get ready to use the UW’s new HR/Payroll system—Workday—which launches in June, with most of the trainings beginning in May. HR administrators and major users of the system will need 8 to 10 hours of class time; other faculty, staff and student workers can take computer-based training or follow online user guides to navigate the system. The easy-to-use software will help meet the growing needs of our world-class research institution and respond to changing compliance requirements. The first paycheck in the new system comes out in July.
February 2, 2017
Keep your computer in good health with free workshop
Sign up for a UW-IT Computer Vet Clinic on Feb. 7, Feb. 14 or Feb. 28, free workshops that cover virus protection, computer backup and cloud storage. Open to UW students, faculty and staff, the workshops are 3:30-4:30 p.m. in UW Seattle’s Odegaard Undergraduate Library, room 320. Bring a laptop. Space is limited, so register early.
February 1, 2017
Feb. 16 Tech Talks: Multi-factor authentication, building smarter APIs and System Center
Join UW’s technology support community and share IT resources and foster connections at the next Campus Tech Talks from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Feb. 16 in Odegaard Undergraduate Library, room 220. Learn about multi-factor authentication, an authentication system that goes beyond a user name and password; how a revolutionary new model for computing will change the way we think about application programming interfaces (API); and how Microsoft’s System Center products are being used to support UW servers and work stations at the UW and worldwide.
January 31, 2017
It’s not too late! Submit application for free UW video captioning
You can apply to have your UW video captioned by UW-IT’s Accessible Technology Services for no charge, making it more accessible to everyone. Competitive applications are for videos that will be widely available and used multiple times. Accessible Technology Services in UW-IT has already worked on 102 videos, totaling 49 hours of free captioning for individuals, departments, and other units at the UW.
January 13, 2017
Students can use a “preferred name” in Canvas, class rosters and more
Did you know that as of autumn quarter UW students can go by a preferred name — a nickname, middle name, etc. — for class and photo rosters and the UW Directory? Respecting students’ wishes on how they are addressed is part of making UW more welcoming and inclusive. And this quarter, use of preferred names has expanded to MyPlan, Canvas, Panopto, Catalyst GradeBook and more, and to MyGradProgram by quarter end. Legal names will appear on official transcripts, diplomas, etc. It is easy to do; learn more at Preferred Names.
January 12, 2017
Make music in the Odegaard Sound Studio
Want to produce and share your own music or podcast? Take advantage of the series of workshops on digital audio editing and music production in the UW’s Odegaard Sound Studio. These 90-minute sessions will prepare you to use the studio equipment and software to create high-quality audio projects.
January 11, 2017
E-RESOURCE: American Civil Liberties Union Papers, 1912-1990
Students and researchers can immerse themselves in civil rights history like never before with the new archive American Civil Liberties Union Papers, 1912-1990. Drawing from the records of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), this collection offers an array of primary source materials on civil rights, race, gender and issues relating to the U.S. Supreme Court — topics intensely relevant to today’s curriculum and debates at both national and local levels. This UW-restricted resource is provided by UW Libraries.
January 10, 2017
New state accessibility policy affects all UW units; help is available
UW units need to ensure that information technology (IT) they develop, buy and use to make UW resources available is usable by those with disabilities, as required by Accessibility Policy #188. Adopted in August by the Washington State Office of the Chief Information Officer, it covers websites, web-based applications, e-documents, multimedia and more. In late November, UW-IT’s Accessible Technology Director Sheryl Burgstahler, who is leading Policy 188 implementation, met with 40 state public postsecondary IT and disability personnel to coordinate efforts. Get started now; visit UW’s accessibility technology website.
January 5, 2017
UW Tower Data Center earns ENERGY STAR certification for 2016
The UW Tower Data Center earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR certification for 2016, one of just 14 centers to do so for the last four years in a row. This award recognizes a commitment to energy efficiency and achievement of superior energy performance. ENERGY STAR buildings use 35 percent less energy and generate 35 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than similar buildings. Learn more about ordering Data Center Co-Location Services from UW-IT, which keeps the UW data centers powered and cooled 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.