The Football Players Health Study (FPHS) at Harvard – Informatics Platform, at Harvard IT Summit, Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The FPHS is a long running research study including many different research protocols. The study includes former NFL football players as the key subjects. In this presentation, we will describe the scope of research, the variety of data collection methods, and the security controls being put in place in our partnership with the HMS IT team. More information about the study as a whole can be found at

Building a Cloud-Based Data Warehouse: An HBX Case Study, at Harvard IT Summit, Thursday, June 2, 2016

Amazon Web Services has a hosted data warehouse product called Redshift, a high performance, columnar database ideal for large datasets and heavy analytic workloads. But how do you get your data into Redshift, and what are the analytics options? This talk provides a case study about our implementation of a data warehouse for the HBX online learning platform, including ETL and analytics tool assessment, working with complex data structures from MongoDB, and lessons learned.

An Open Source “Playbook”: Considerations When Sharing Your Code, at Harvard IT Summit, Thursday, June 2, 2016

Taking a software project open source is a complex process. Issues ranging from “What license should I use?” to “How do we create an engaged user community?” need to be addressed. Taking lessons learned from open sourcing several products, the Harvard Catalyst Informatics team has created an open source “playbook” to help other teams navigate the process. This discussion will include, among other topics: infrastructure considerations, quality of the distributed code, and support.

Opencast Matterhorn in the Cloud: Live and On-Demand from the DCE Classroom, at Harvard IT Summit, Thursday, June 2, 2016

Harvard DCE records, live streams, processes, and globally distributes our classroom content using Opencast Matterhorn. For many Harvard DCE students, this is the primary mode of accessing class meetings. Opencast has enabled a dramatic reduction in staff time required to produce and polish our content, providing HD recordings to students within hours. Running in the AWS cloud facilitates faster innovation, development, and testing. We share with and benefit from the Opencast open source development community.

Advance to the Next Level with the IT Academy, at Harvard IT Summit, Thursday, June 2, 2016

One year later, the IT Academy has grown exponentially. We would like to update Harvard’s IT Community on program successes since last year’s roll out, Level I Foundational courses available (highlighting our latest offering: Trusted Advisor), and take a deeper look into IT Academy’s Develop: Level II to encourage the audience to take the next step and achieve their Level II badge.

Same Case Different Place!: Unified Communication and the Virtual Classroom, at Harvard IT Summit, Thursday, June 2, 2016

The intention of the panel is to describe the system components that have been assembled to create a unique approach to teaching. Harvard Business School’s HBX Live uses unified communication, broadcast technologies and audio video solutions to enable 60 participants from different locations around the world to participate in a real-time, case-based discussion with faculty. Leveraging a studio at WGBH, HBX has put traditional technology together in a new way to create a virtual classroom.