FAS Technology Renewal, at Science Center, Hall B, Thursday, June 25, 2015

For IT at Harvard, FY16 can be summarized by one word: Delivery. 

HUIT will deploy many new technologies this year, from Canvas to my.harvard to HarvardKey.

From the simplest things like registering for courses and grading student assignments to the most fundamental ways we communicate with one another by phone and email—we are making improvements. And it is all happening this year. Collectively we are calling these programs FAS Technology Renewal. 

Defense Against the Dark Arts, at Harvard IT Summit, Thursday, June 4, 2015

Ensuring the security of your data and the privacy of your own information is becoming more and more important, but how to do so is also becoming increasingly complicated and confusing. As new exploits are described – and new and larger hacks are reported – one could be forgiven for thinking that there is nothing that can really be done and just giving up. In fact, there are simple things that you (and the community) can do to help ensure your security and online privacy. There are some adversaries that you may not be able to defeat, but most of us are not of interest to them.

LaunchPad: Supporting Student Innovation through Space, Programming, and IT Partnerships, at Harvard IT Summit, Thursday, June 4, 2015

Today’s students seek out opportunities to collaborate, innovate, and create. Over the past year, HGSE IT engaged faculty and students to reimagine an existing computer lab as a collaborative hub. The LaunchPad is now home to ongoing programming, informal learning opportunities, and an annual education hackathon. Join HGSE faculty, staff, and students as we unpack our project vision, strategies for engaging internal and external partners, careful allocation of resources, and frameworks for evaluation and programming.

Harvard IT Academy, at Harvard IT Summit, Thursday, June 4, 2015

An exciting overview announcing the start-up of the Harvard IT Academy – including the CIO Council's vision for the Academy as the centerpiece for Harvard's IT workforce development initiative, the IT Academy's focus on transitioning staff to "T-Shaped Professionals" who excel at making it easy for faculty, students, and staff to teach, learn, and work at Harvard, the Academy's curriculum, badging program and course catalog/web-page, and the rollout of the Service Mindset Foundations course for all IT staff across all schools/units.

HUIT's Approach to Service Management: ITIL Processes to Service Taxonomy, at Harvard IT Summit, Thursday, June 4, 2015

Over the last couple of years, HUIT has laid a service management foundation by implementing key ITIL processes. Building on that base, one of the organization’s top 2015 goals has been to continue improving its practices, with a particular focus on service taxonomy. Learn about HUIT’s efforts in this area and its collaboration with service owners to enhance delivery through self-service, the service catalog, communications, and more. Related materials (e.g., templates and guides) will be made available.

Parallelization of Large-Scale Image Processing Workflows to Unravel Neuronal Networks, at Harvard IT Summit, Thursday, June 4, 2015

The function of neurons and neuronal networks depend on their connectivity. Mapping these connections would accelerate understanding of how cellular and network function is generated; however, detailed connectivity maps are difficult to obtain. We use high-throughput electron microscopy to tackle this problem. Here, we demonstrate our approach to automating a large-scale image processing and alignment pipeline. We will present a software tool that parallelizes a serial workflow implemented on a high-performance computing cluster.

Digital Preservation 101, or, How to Keep Bits for Centuries, at Harvard IT Summit, Thursday, June 4, 2015

Digital archivists need to preserve electronic records permanently. This presentation will cover the prevailing model for long-term digital preservation along with the requirements of a trustworthy digital repository. The presentation will also cover preferred file formats for long-term storage; a small detour through digital forensics and FRED machines; and why archivists cry themselves to sleep at night when the general public conflates “archives” with “backup copies” of data.

The Multi-Modal Curriculum: Decisions for Reusability and Integration, at Harvard IT Summit, Thursday, June 4, 2015

When designing a curriculum across multiple modalities, important decisions must be made around learning platforms, marketing, time and resource investment, and the creation of custom assets. Join us as we discuss lessons learned and promising practices uncovered through the development of GSE3x: Introduction to Data Wise, a new HarvardX course serving as the foundation of an entire curriculum comprising follow-on, paid experiences offered in online, blended, and face-to-face formats.

Collaboration in Science and Technology, at Harvard IT Summit, Thursday, June 4, 2015

Until recently, the criteria used in assessing and engaging people for the advancement of science and technology have been focused on skills and contributions of single individuals in these fields, and not been carefully evaluated based on their success. As science and technology are increasingly becoming collaborative and social ventures, and it is now seldom the case that the impact of a single individual is crucial, the criteria for and stereotypes of the successful scientific or technical leader should change accordingly.

Don’t Get Caught in a Blizzard! Avoiding Snowflakes in Cloud Migrations, at Harvard IT Summit, Thursday, June 4, 2015

Chaos Monkeys love “snowflakes” — those one-off, special services and setups that are particularly vulnerable to crashes and problems with application and infrastructure management. This talk gives a behind-the-scenes look at how HUIT’s Cloud & DevOps group avoided snowflakes when migrating to the cloud while also making it faster and easier for service teams to get their work done.