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January 13, 2014

UW Data Visualization: Free Training Opportunities

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Free workshops on Tableau software, UW’s new enterprise data visualization platform, are now available for UW faculty and staff. Tableau Desktop Fundamentals is a one-day hands-on workshop for those who have purchased a Tableau Desktop license. If you are considering purchasing Tableau Desktop or are curious about the ease of creating data visualizations, the two-hour Tableau Hands-on Introduction workshop is for you. In addition, you can learn how to navigate and interpret visualizations in a two-hour workshop using UW Profiles, the Web-based dashboard for exploring basic University data.

January 10, 2014

UW Wireless: New Authentication Service Will Support Encryption, Better Device Sharing

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A new solution for authenticating to the campus Wi-Fi network will enable future service enhancements, including an encrypted Wi-Fi service and better management and sharing of wireless printers and devices, specifically AppleTV and Google’s Chromecast for HDTV content. The change, made in December, was transparent to users; no re-authentication or registering of devices was required. UW-IT implemented the new vendor-supported ClearPass application as part of its ongoing efforts to enhance UW Wi-Fi service.

January 9, 2014

E-RESOURCE: World Newsreels Online, 1929-1966

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Full-run videos of key international newsreels produced during the first half of the twentieth century are available for streaming from World Newsreels Online, 1929-1966, provided through UW Libraries. This collection contains over 500 hours of newsreel content that is instantly accessible on any computer or mobile device, and searchable by subject, year, historical era or event, people, and places.

January 8, 2014

Use SpaceScout to Find an Available UW Seattle Computer

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SpaceScout, the mobile and Web app that helps you find the perfect place to study, now includes real-time computer availability for Odegaard Library and Mary Gates Hall. Just look up Odegaard or MGH study spaces at spacescout.uw.edu and learn where computers are open. Work continues to add more computing spaces with real-time updates. Department IT directors also can send email to spacescoutadmin@uw.edu to have spaces in their area included.

January 6, 2014

Find Out About Free UW Technology Training by Subscribing to New Workshop Calendar

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Sign up to be notified about technology skills training from UW-IT by subscribing to the new Learning Technologies Workshop calendar. You can be notified by email, calendar event or RSS feed as workshops are added. With the new service, which uses UW Events Calendar software, you will be automatically notified if you are on a wait list and a place opens up. Visiting the calendar to register early remains the best option to save your spot in workshops on Canvas, Graphics and Design, Web Development, Video, Audio, and more.

January 2, 2014

Windows Azure Available at Significant Discount to UW Units

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UW units now can create and manage their own subscriptions to Windows Azure—an open cloud platform for storage, application building, virtual machines and more—at a significant discount (about 30 percent), with usage charged to a UW budget number. This new service is covered by the UW's enterprise HIPAA/FERPA-compliant protected health information contracts with Microsoft. See more information about the Self-Managed Azure Subscription service offered by UW-IT in the UW-IT Service Catalog.

December 26, 2013

Keep Laptops, Mobile Devices and Equipment Safe: Tips, Registration, Insurance

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Protect your new laptop or mobile device by registering your personal electronic equipment with UW Police to help in theft recovery, and by reading their crime prevention safety tips. The UW Office of Risk Management also provides loss control advice for laptops and mobile devices. University departments can buy low-cost coverage for owned, leased, or borrowed equipment (computer, office, audio-visual, and lab) used for UW work through Risk Management’s Equipment Insurance program.

December 18, 2013

New UW Google Apps Expand Collaboration, Increase Storage Space

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Two new apps now available in UW Google Apps can broaden your ability to work collaboratively. With the Individual Storage app, you can now increase the storage quota for your account and you can pay for it using the Google Wallet app (ProCard compatible). These two apps provide one of the most frequently requested features for UW Google Apps—the ability to increase the space available in Google Drive and Gmail. Get information about UW Google Apps.

December 10, 2013

UW-IT’s 2013 Annual Report Now Online

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Read UW Information Technology’s 2013 Annual Report and find out how UW-IT is partnering to improve the student experience, provide better information for decision making, deliver critical infrastructure to support research, enhance collaboration, and provide more integrated IT customer support. Learn what projects have been completed and what’s ahead for 2014, as well facts and figures on what UW-IT supports. Mobile and print versions are available.

December 9, 2013

UW Tower Data Center Now ENERGY STAR Certified

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The UW Tower Data Center is one of just 27 data centers in the country to have earned a 2013 ENERGY STAR Certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. This recognizes reduced power consumption, lowered carbon footprint, and slower growth of future power needs. The Tower Data Center, operated by UW-IT, provides managed space, power and cooling of critical infrastructure supporting IT departments campus-wide. The UW is one of only two universities in the country to have ever received this certification.