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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.

December 5, 2013

HR/Payroll Modernization: Changing the Way UW Does Business

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A major initiative to replace the University's 31-year-old legacy payroll application with a modern, integrated human resources and payroll system is underway. The HR/Payroll Modernization initiative will significantly improve support for the UW’s critical HR/payroll operations, strengthen regulatory compliance, and produce efficiencies and productivity gains throughout UW units. UW Provost and Executive Vice President Ana Mari Cauce explains in a short video why this is a key initiative for the University. See additional information, with a timeline and opportunities for involvement.

December 3, 2013

Enhancements Enable Selective Sign Up for UW Alert Emergency Notification

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UW students, faculty, and staff now can sign up for UW Alert to receive official information during emergencies for any or all of the UW’s three campuses, thanks to recent enhancements to the UW’s emergency mass notification system. You can also specify or change how you want to receive alerts—by text message and/or email—and you can unsubscribe. These enhancements also include automatically updating the UW Alert Facebook and Twitter pages, helping to keep the University community better informed during emergencies and disruptive situations.