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.

Mobile-First Prototyping: Tips for Collaborating and Trimming Fat, at Harvard IT Summit, Thursday, June 2, 2016

We’ve all heard it: mobile use is skyrocketing. As we continue to seek to meet our users where they are, mobile-first development has become an imperative. Join us for a discussion as we share how we came to think of "mobile-first" as synonymous with “value-first.” With a focus on the mobile form factor – and through the use of iterative prototypes – our cross-functional team reached new heights of collaboration that allowed us to deliver more value, more efficiently.

Salesforce at Harvard, at Harvard IT Summit, Thursday, June 2, 2016

Join us to find out how the Salesforce platform is being used to drive innovation and engagement at Harvard. Meet the HUIT Salesforce Team and learn how they facilitate Salesforce success across the campus. Meet the IT team from HGSE as they demonstrate how they are using Salesforce Communities combined with the Unity app to build a tailored student-centered engagement model spanning the entire relationship lifecycle with their learning community.

Saving Our Social Media, at Harvard IT Summit, Thursday, June 2, 2016

The Arab Spring demonstrated that social media is not just about cat videos; it can be a force for change. There will be a huge gap in the historical record if we don’t save our social media. This presentation will cover reasons and methods for saving social media, as well as how we need to preserve the context and form of social media so it will make sense to researchers of the future.