Michigan Online: “Here to Learn” — Together

By | October 10, 2018

Some of Michigan’s most innovative strategies for online learning are based on values held throughout its 200-plus year history. In an interview with “Campus Technology” magazine, James DeVaney, U-M’s associate vice provost for academic innovation, explains why Michigan Online — a relatively recent initiative — brings communities of motivated learners together, both to learn together and to apply their knowledge to solving significant problems.… Read More »

Turn on two-factor for your personal accounts

Many popular services and websites offer two-factor authentication. Information Assurance (IA) encourages you to turn it on whenever it’s available to protect your personal accounts. Duo may be an option If you already use the Duo Mobile app for two-factor at U-M, you might be able to use it with your personal, non-university accounts. If a service’s instructions… Read More »

WebNow and Perceptive Content system compatibility update

WebNow, also known as Perceptive Content, will not work with some newer operating system versions and with certain browsers. WebNow is the university’s document imaging system, which can be used to upload and store documents as electronic files in a secure online environment. These system limitations will be eliminated after the system is upgraded this summer. More information… Read More »

Cavium ThunderX delivers 10x Big Data performance increase

By | October 8, 2018

Recently, ARC-TS and the School of Information used the new Big Data platform Cavium ThunderX to reduce run times of the school’s analytics pipeline by a factor of 10, taking overall run time from almost a week to only a few hours. Cavium ThunderX is a free-to-use Big Data platform for researchers at U-M. Currently ThunderX supports mapreduce, Spark,… Read More »

U-M makes waves at Tapia 2018

By | October 5, 2018

Eight U-M students from Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) got the chance to network and celebrate diversity in computing at the 2018 Richard Tapia Conference, which took place in Orlando, Florida September 19–22. This year’s conference theme was “Diversity: Roots of Innovation,” acknowledging the historical role of diversity in STEM innovation and its essential role in innovating the… Read More »

Michigan Medicine announces launch of Michigan Healthcare Security Operations Center

By | October 4, 2018

With the launch of the Michigan Healthcare Security Operations Center, Michigan Medicine is among the first in the nation working with four other healthcare organizations to continuously monitor and improve cybersecurity. The MI-HSOC is a group of highly-skilled teams that leverage shared technologies, process, and skills to prevent, detect, analyze, and respond to cybersecurity events. The new shared environment,… Read More »

Bots, Part One: Of bots, and bleeps, and other things

Last December, I was turned on to the importance of bots while attending the Mayo Clinic Social Media Network (MCSMN) Annual Meeting in Arizona. Since then, I’ve been digging into the topic, trying to learn more, and hoping to get a bot implemented on our departmental website, but there is just so much to talk about! We decided… Read More »

Attend the 2018 Michigan IT Symposium

The 2018 Michigan IT Symposium will take place November 28 & 29, 2018 in the Michigan League. This annual event focuses on creating connections between Michigan IT community members while showcasing the innovation occurring across all U-M campuses. Registration for this year’s symposium will open on October 15, 2018. Mark your calendars and make plans to attend. The… Read More »

Dearborn hosts GIS Day Wednesday, Nov. 14

  GIS Day is a global event celebrating the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). It provides an international forum for users of GIS technology to demonstrate real-world applications that are making a difference in our society. At the University of Michigan you can join the celebration by attending UM-Dearborn’s GIS Day Event (8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Wednesday, November 14.) Activities will… Read More »

Participate in National Cybersecurity Awareness Month this October!

Every October, Information Assurance (IA) leads a celebration of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) by hosting events, sharing tips, and reminding everyone of our shared responsibility to protect and secure university and personal systems and the sensitive information they contain. NCSAM is spearheaded by the National Cyber Security Alliance and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. This year,… Read More »

Use antivirus software to protect U-M and personal computers

Antivirus software should be installed and kept up-to-date on all of your computers—both your own and those owned by the university. MiWorkspace computers already have antivirus software installed, and it is updated automatically. For U-M computers Information Assurance (IA) recommends these antivirus products that are licensed for use on UM-owned computers: Windows 8 and 10. Use Windows Defender,… Read More »

New prompt starting to collect UMICH account recovery info

If you ever forget your UMICH (Level-1) password, you can efficiently recover your account access as long as you have already completed some simple, advance setup. ITS has long offered a self-service account recovery option, but many users were unaware of the advance setup requirement until it was too late. To address this gap, ITS is adding a… Read More »

IT4U Google Team Drive webinar Oct. 23

IT4U86: Google Team Drives—Data Longevity & Access Control Tuesday, Oct. 23, 9-9:45 a.m. Register in My LINC Google Team Drives offers a model of team-based ownership of files. All files in the Team Drive remain with the team as team members come and go. Brian Cors from the ITS Collaboration Services shows you how! Also, be sure to… Read More »

Tech Tip: Wakelet turns many links into one

Starting in about 2011, Storify dominated the niche of tools to harvest, collect, and organize social media and related content into meaningful collections or “stories.” But by early 2018, when Storify announced it would be closing, the market was wide open for a replacement and Wakelet came to the forefront. My colleague, emerging technologies librarian Patricia Anderson (who co-authored this post),… Read More »

ARC-TS seeks pilot users for new storage offerings

By | September 24, 2018

Advanced Research Computing – Technology Services (ARC-TS) is seeking pilot users for two new research services. The first, Locker, is group project storage focused on large data sets, and is available at a cost less than half that of current primary storage services. Locker still provides encryption, replication, snapshots, and workstation access. Example use cases for Locker are research… Read More »