As of January 2013
- Campus Cashiering
- Compromised Credential Management
- Curricular Hub
- Data Center Energy Monitoring Project
- Data Sanitization Project
- Digital Arts & Humanities Initiative and Project Bamboo
- DoIT Business Continuity Plan
- E-mail/Calendaring/Chat Campus Review & Implementation
- Firewall Upgrade Project
- Information Technology Policy Initiatives
- IP Reclamation Project
- Lecture Capture Service for General Assignment Classrooms
- Research Support & Services Initiative
- Wireless Network Upgrade
- WiscCal Migration Project
- WiScholar Pilot Project
- UW-Madison Google Apps
This APR project is related to the "Improved Security for Campus Cashiering" project. Its goal is to improve the process for recording and depositing cash and checks received around UW-Madison in the University’s Accounting System (the Shared Financial System – SFS). The current process is labor- and paper-intensive and does not enable revenue-producing units to create their own accounting entries when they receive and deposit cash and checks. The APR team that has been assigned to this project has identified several solutions and is coordinating the implementation of these solutions with Business Services, and anticipates that several of the solutions will be implemented during calendar year 2012. For more information, contact Sharon Hughes.
Compromised Credential Management
Currently, there is no unified system or process for reporting compromised credentials (e.g., NetID and password, authorization codes, etc.) on campus. Each unit or department handles these situations differently. As a result of this ad hoc approach, there are significant gaps in campus's ability to prevent, detect and mitigate the effect of credential breaches. In November 2008, a working group of the Madison Technical Advisory Group (MTAG) developed a set of recommendations to help protect user credentials and to put systems into place for detecting, reporting and responding to compromised credentials for campus IT services. The Office of Campus Information Security (OCIS), in conjunction with the working group, has begun implementing theserecommendations, which include the creation of a public awareness campaign that includes posters, brochures and a video.
The Curricular Hub was established in 2008 as an operational data store of curricular information that would support systems that consume Schedule of Class, Course Catalog, and Class Roster data. A campus forum around accessing class roster data initiated an enterprise campus project to define and deliver class roster data in a consistent and responsible manner. Representatives from schools and colleges, the Office of the Registrar, and DoIT collaborated on data definitions, delivery formats, identified pilot systems and determined a timeline for production. A sampling of current consumers of curricular hub data include Moodle, the Class List eMail Service, WiscCal Scheduling Assistant, Digital Measures, My Webspace, and the enterprise My Course Guide. The data extract process from the Curricular Hub utilizes web service technology. The Curricular Hub is presently undergoing a refactoring process to increase efficiency and position itself for possible expansion into an academic hub.
Data Center Energy Monitoring Project
In this project, Paul Barford of the Computer Sciences department seeks to enhance their understanding of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) energy use through thorough and careful instrumentation and analysis of the DoIT Data Center. In close partnership with DoIT, they will deploy sensors, track consumption and assess when, where and how the energy footprint of the data center might be reduced. The goal of the project is to develop tools and methods that can be deployed on campus and provide a meaningful reduction in ICT-related energy use.
Data Sanitization ProjectUW-Madison has purchased a license for the Informatica Data Masking as a solution to remove, alter, encrypt or de-identify restricted and sensitive information in non-production environments. This application is currently being used in the non-production environments of the HRS project. HRS is currently replacing six restricted data elements with faux-information. For example, they are replacing SSN with fake SSNs that are provided by the federal government. These fake SSNs meet the criteria of a real SSN in format and attributes. For more information about the Informatica Data Masking solution, please contact the Office of Campus Information Security.
Digital Arts & Humanities Initiative and Project Bamboo
Several efforts are underway that focus on technology support for scholarship in the arts, humanities and "interpretive" social sciences communities. Led by professor Jon McKenzieof English, a digital arts and humanities initiative began spring 2008 to advance the causes of digital inquiry, new media study, new media practice and digital literacy (with support by Graduate School IT, Learning Support Services, General Library System and DoIT Academic Technology staff). UW-Madison is also participating in the Mellon-funded international Project Bamboo with the goal of "How can we advance arts and humanities research through the development of shared technology services?" Lee Konrad (Libraries),Robin Valenza (English), and Jim Muehlenberg (DoIT) coordinate local Bamboo efforts.
DoIT Business Continuity Plan
This ongoing effort has established a framework and plan to ensure the continuity of DoIT’s critical services in the event of a major incident or disaster which compromises service delivery. The project has also created DoIT's first comprehensive Service List, and identifies tiers of services ranging from critical infrastructure and enterprise-wide services to support and departmental applications. The project also manages DoIT's relationship with campus stakeholders, such as the UW Police Department, and ensures compliance with federal, state, and UW System guidelines. Regular exercises are planned to test DoIT's continuity of operations plan capabilities. For more information, visithttp://coop.doit.wisc.edu or contact email@example.com.
E-mail/Calendaring/Chat Campus Review & ImplementationA campuswide team working on behalf of the Administrative Excellence initiative is now working to implement a single email and calendar software system for UW-Madison faculty, staff, and students. See Microsoft 365 migration.
Firewall Upgrade Project
The firewall upgrade project is migrating early adopters. The new firewall system provides greater capacity and throughput and is compliant with new network and security standards. We expect the migration to accelerate through the winter break and continue calendar year 2012.
Information Technology Policy Initiatives
The Office of the CIO is working with campus stakeholders to develop policies and procedures around key IT functions. Interested faculty and staff can attend the IT Policy Forums, work on one of the current initiatives, comment via the IT policy development wiki, or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. For a list of published policies and additional information please visit: www.cio.wisc.edu/policies/.
IP Reclamation Project
The IP Reclamation project has been temporarily suspended, however, we anticipate revisiting this project spring semester 2012. As the number of new buildings, building expansion projects and handheld WiFi devices increases on campus, so does the demand for additional IPv4 addresses. As the campus steward of IP address blocks, DoIT has started a project to reclaim unused campus IP space and create guidelines to assist departments with allocating IPs more efficiently. In July 2008, departments with underutilized IP space were contacted to discuss options of reclaiming or reconfiguring available IP blocks. Read more.
Lecture Capture Service for General Assignment Classrooms
Instructors teaching in one of fifteen General Assignment Classrooms will have the option to use Lecture Capture to record their lecture content for a course. Students can view these lectures through streaming video. Recorded lectures help students to review the material, unravel difficult concepts, double-check their notes, and spend more time getting a fuller understanding of the lecture content. Students can view these lectures on their own time and also review a prior lecture to prepare for the next one.To determine if the classroom Lecture Capture technology is a good fit for you or to get started with Lecture Capture, please make an appointment with a Learning Technology Consultant at DoIT - Academic Technology. Email email@example.com call 262-5667 to schedule a time to talk. Visit https://academictech.doit.wisc.edu/ideas/lc for more information.
This initiative received funding and support through the Student Information Technology Initiative Advisory Committee (SITIAC).
Lynda.com@UW-Madison is a constantly growing library of more than 50,000 self-paced online tutorials available 24/7. These include software training, programming lessons and even “concept” tutorials on topics such as design and photography.
This diverse catalog will be made available to campus in Spring 2012 through DoIT Academic Technology. Since Lynda.com@UW-Madison will be integrated with UW-Madison's NetID system, it can recognize campus users, maintain a learning transcript and make certificates available for professional purposes.
Research Support and Services Initiative
The Research Support and Services initiative is an effort to engage campus researchers, support staff, information technology groups, and the Office of the Vice Provost for Information Technology & CIO, in collaborative conversations to realize benefits of sharing information, resources and services. This initiative facilitates partnerships across the UW-Madison campus to enhance research infrastructure. Further, with the guidance of the Information Technology Committee (ITC) we are working to build key affiliations and collaborative relationships both on campus and at a national level. These relationships will be key to setting strategic direction for research cyberinfrastructure (CI) involving merging policy, governance, technology, data and human resources.
Wireless Network Upgrade
The campus wireless network is being upgraded to a new system that provides higher-speed access and roaming between buildings without having to log in at each location separately. This wireless network is named "UWNet."
In addition, guest access will be available from select locations on the "UWNet-Guest" network. It is available now at Union South and Memorial Union. On this network, guests will be able to register for seven days (and log in just once for the seven days) of network access. UW-Madison NetID holders will be able to log in just once for the semester.
WiscCal Migration Project
WiscCal will be migrated to Oracle Communications Suite (current WiscMail software) to address the calendar system issues. This migration will take place over the summer, 2012. Learn more about the WiscCal migration here:
The WiscCal change is intended to provide an interim solution while the new Administrative Excellence projects get underway. The interim solution should allow for individual preferences while supporting the university's core functions and requirements. Next steps will continue under the new Administrative Excellence project for Email and Calendar Consolidation.
For more information on WiscCal progress, contact Chris Holsman. For updates on the Administrative Excellence Email and Calendar project, see adminexcellence.wisc.edu.
WiScholar Pilot Project
WiScholar is a tool that provides collaborative teaching and learning spaces for instructors, groups, and courses. It provides an easy way to create/publish open access web content, while still allowing for privacy setting; and a space for people to post, comment and self-organize around thoughts, ideas, media, and content. The limited pilot will begin spring semester 2011 and will end spring semester 2012. For more information,email Timmo Dugdale or visit http://wischolar.wisc.edu.
UW-Madison Google Apps
The University realizes that a large number of students, faculty and staff are already putting UW-Madison and personal content on Google Docs and Google Apps. UW Administrators are concerned about the use of intellectual property that is covered by “click through” licenses, such as Google provides. To address this, the University has signed a Higher Education license with Google to begin offering UW-Madison Google Apps to current faculty, staff and students. The license protects intellectual property stored in Google Docs (Documents, Spreadsheets, and Presentations), Sites and Groups. Additionally, Google has added a number of consumer applications that are also available through the UW-Madison Google Apps service, but are not covered under the negotiated Terms of Service. Learn more about the UW-Madison Google Apps service.