IT Connect

Information technology tools and resources at the UW

January 11, 2017

E-RESOURCE: American Civil Liberties Union Papers, 1912-1990

Statue of Liberty

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

DO-IT student at computer

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

Energy Star logo

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.

December 21, 2016

Husky OnNet expands to Sponsored UW NetIDs, for a monthly fee

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The encrypted connection to the UW network that UW students, faculty and staff use for secure access to UW resources from remote locations — Husky OnNet — is expanding its reach. Now UW departments who require Husky OnNet access for their Sponsored UW NetID holders can use the online self-service Assign Computing Services form to include Husky OnNet for a $20 monthly fee on a UW budget number. With this service enabled, they, too, can remotely access departmental services, research databases, specialized applications, desktops, printers and more.

December 14, 2016

A Year in Partnerships 2016: A UW-IT special report

A special online report features UW-IT’s collaborations with partners across all three campuses to support the work of students, faculty and staff. Read how a graduate student is seeking to unravel the mysteries of the human genome using cloud computing services, how an initiative to modernize UW Seattle classrooms is enhancing teaching and learning, how efforts by the Office of Student Financial Aid are getting decisions out faster, and how a partnership with UW Bothell helped redirect resources to its academic mission. Some of UW-IT’s key initiatives for Fiscal Year 2017 are also highlighted.

December 8, 2016

IT Connect News for faculty and staff becomes part of UW Insider in January; will still mail to students

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A new weekly e-newsletter for UW faculty and staff—called UW Insider—is launching in January 2017. It will combine important messages from IT Connect News, The Resource, The Whole U, Disaster Digest, UW Recycling and Combined Fund Drive into one centrally managed email. UW Insider aims to help you make the most of your UW employment experience while reducing information overload. IT Connect News will continue to be mailed to students and posted on IT Connect.

December 7, 2016

Upgraded Knowledge Navigator makes it even easier to understand UW administrative data

New Knowledge Navigator schematic

Now it’s easier than ever to understand UW administrative data, with the latest Knowledge Navigator, the UW’s metadata repository tool. It can help you navigate data changes related to moving from the UW’s old HR/Payroll mainframe system to cloud-based Workday. Use interactive maps to understand the relationships between business concepts and do impact analysis to learn the ramifications of data changes to data tables and columns. Visit the Knowledge Navigator features page to learn more.

December 6, 2016

Does your research belong in the cloud?

clouds as seen from campus

Now you can use UW-IT’s new cloud computing for research pages in IT Connect to help you determine how the cloud can enable, accelerate and expand your research at the University. Learn how to move your research to the cloud, read success stories from UW colleagues and visit the getting started page. For a deeper dive, explore the technical cloud computing documentation site on GitHub.

December 5, 2016

Canvas use at UW now easy to see with Tableau visualization software

Canvas use graph in Tableau

Department chairs, IT support staff and others interested in tracking the adoption and use of the Canvas learning management system can visit the Canvas adoption dashboard, now on UW’s Tableau site. View quarterly stats on how many courses use Canvas, and filter by campus, department and page views for course content types such as assignments, discussion boards and quizzes. This data also shows where instructors might benefit from support to take better advantage of features in Canvas.

December 2, 2016

E-RESOURCE: Naxos Music Library

Brahms CD cover

Get access to classical streaming audio on over 85,000 music discs (1.2 million tracks) with Naxos Music Library. You can search by title, composer or artist and look at recent and featured additions. You also can browse by genre, take a guided tour of Baroque and other eras, and utilize resources such as opera libretti and podcasts. This UW-restricted resource is provided by UW Libraries.

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