IT Connect

Information technology tools and resources at the UW

August 8, 2015

UW Seattle Undergraduate Admissions Going Paperless for Domestic Freshmen Applications

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This summer, UW Seattle Undergraduate Admissions will begin using a new, paperless application review system for domestic freshmen arriving winter quarter 2016. The pilot of this smaller pool of applicants will help the office prepare to review the 37,000 freshmen applications (28,000 domestic) it expects to receive this fall for autumn quarter 2016. The new system, built on Dynamics CRM and Ellucian Recruiter, provides a streamlined process supported by online forms, electronic workflow and reporting dashboards, increasing efficiencies while reducing paper use. UW-IT partnered with UW Seattle Undergraduate Admissions on this effort.

August 7, 2015

Advancing High Performance Computing in Region: July Workshop Hosted by UW

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How to advance the use of high performance computing (HPC) was the focus of a July 27 workshop that brought together more than 30 participants from the UW, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and Washington State University, and was hosted by UW-IT and UW’s Hyak Governance Board. Participants explored opportunities for collaboration, including sharing supercomputers and other computational resources. A forthcoming report may outline possible paths toward a statewide alliance. HPC has helped the UW obtain more than $30 million in grants for research, and supports faculty retention and recruitment.

August 6, 2015

New Amazon Web Services Offering for UW Now Available

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UW researchers and technical staff in need of easy-to-deploy, cost-effective computing and related services, including virtualized servers, cloud storage, databases and more, now can use UW-IT Amazon Web Services. This new cloud-based service offering provides appropriate security, privacy and compliance terms for use with UW sensitive and confidential data (protected by FERPA, FISMA, and later HIPAA). It also qualifies for the UW’s new Indirect Cost (F&A) Waiver, resulting in significantly better rates for use of cloud services by research grants, and offers a waiver for data egress fees.

August 5, 2015

E-RESOURCE: Human Rights Studies Online

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Human Rights Studies Online is a research and learning database of major human rights violations and atrocity crimes worldwide from 1900 to 2010, providing documentation, analysis and interpretation. The collection has full text searching of a variety of primary and secondary sources including 271 videos, over 4,000 books and government documents and websites covering more than 30 significant events such as the Holocaust and the Yugoslav wars. Brought to you by the UW Libraries.

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.

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