IT Summit

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

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.

Lightbox Gallery: Experimental and Collaborative Spaces at the Harvard Art Museums, at Harvard IT Summit, Thursday, June 2, 2016

In November 2014, the Harvard Art Museums opened the Lightbox Gallery in its new facility at 32 Quincy Street. The Lightbox is a multipurpose venue – a space for experiments with technology, collections data, and digital projects in collaboration with campus partners (metaLAB, Center for Astrophysics) and visiting artists. It is a public venue for research and development. This session will outline the technical and programmatic operation of the Lightbox from November 2014 through May 2016.

Building a Culture of UX: Stories from the User Research Center, at Harvard IT Summit, Thursday, June 2, 2016

Creating a culture of UX involves more than just running the occasional usability test with your co-workers. You need to consider the user’s needs and expectations throughout the entire process. At the User Research Center at Harvard Library, we’re working with staff to provide equipment and support for integrating UX into projects at Harvard. We are building this knowledge through training sessions and live demos to expose staff to the powerful insights UX research provides.

Facilitating Research Computing: Accelerating Outcomes with Researchers, at Harvard IT Summit, Thursday, June 2, 2016

Emerging research technologies coupled with a ‘big data’ frenzy are driving the requirement of increased computing capability in the sciences. Transitioning from department or individual computing resources to advanced cyberinfrastructure such as campus, regional, or national resources is a non-trivial step for many researchers. Panelists will discuss the approaches they have taken for RC facilitation, helping with research best practices, and computational methods; use cases that highlight both successes and stumbles; and what’s ahead.