Library as an IT Service (Interoperability through APIs), at Harvard IT Summit, Thursday, June 4, 2015

In July 2013, the Harvard Art Museums launched its API in order to make its collection of 250,000 works of art and all aspects of its new building more open and easily accessible. In November 2014, the Harvard Library announced general availability of Library Cloud, an API for searching multiple library collections through a single access point. In this session, attendees will learn the details of how and why the Harvard Art Museums and Harvard Library built their APIs and where they are headed in the coming years.

Information Security Behind the Scenes (Yes, It's JUST Like CSI), at Harvard IT Summit, Thursday, June 4, 2015

Watch a computer get hacked in real time (don’t worry – not yours!), see attacks in real time from around the world, and learn about a recent cyber-attack at the University. Most importantly, find out how you can help us all stay secure.

Speaker: Micah Nelson, Information Security Specialist, Harvard University Information Technology

The Process of Communication, A Practical Guide for Project Managers, at Harvard IT Summit, Thursday, June 4, 2015

Communication is not about knowing the process. Communication is about managing the process. A successful project manager communicates effectively by setting and managing expectations throughout the lifecycle of a project and, by doing so, creates redundancy in a fluid industry. The importance of a simple and redundant communication framework cannot be overstated. Referencing his book, The Process of Communication, the speaker will outline a clear and concise communication plan that can overlay any production methodology.

Teaching and Learning Technologies: Focus on Impact, at Harvard IT Summit, Thursday, June 4, 2015

A discussion and demonstration by Teaching and Learning Technologies (TLT), a Harvard IT Council strategic program. This session will begin with a review of the program’s vision and goals, then focus on key areas as we head into our second year of implementation. We will also share stories from across the University about impact on the residential teaching and learning experience through the thoughtful and innovative use of technology.

The "Last Password" to Rule Them All, at Harvard IT Summit, Thursday, June 4, 2015

Sick and tired of trying to remember all of your online account passwords? Or worse, do you use one password for everything? Not to fear, Harvard has you covered! This talk will start by highlighting the benefits and setbacks of using password managers and then delve into some technical issues specific to Harvard's free (!) password manager solution: LastPass.
Miguel Sanchez, Information Security Specialist, Harvard University Information Technology

Development/Deployment Process in Web Development at LTS, as Case Study, at Harvard IT Summit, Thursday, June 4, 2015

This is an attempt to provide something like a taxonomy of the components of "modern" web development process in dynamic languages, with examples from Ruby and Python projects at LTS. The speaker will go over the process for deployment from development to running in production. He will try to cover version control, preprocessing of CSS/JS, tools for isolating dependencies and execution environment, externalizing configuration, database migrations, and single-command deployment and remote control. Some of these will be covered in more depth than others.

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.