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.… Read more about Facilitating Research Computing: Accelerating Outcomes with Researchers

Privacy, Big Data, and Educational Data, at Harvard IT Summit, Thursday, June 2, 2016

Both HarvardX and Canvas generate a great deal of data about the users of those systems, data that promises to move educational research to the era of big data. But students are protected by laws and regulations such as FERPA. This talk will discuss recent findings that show a tension between the notion of privacy that those laws and regulations require and the integrity of the data used in the research.

End User Backup Made Easy with CrashPlan PROe, at Harvard IT Summit, Thursday, June 2, 2016

In the fall of 2012, HMS IT added a centralized end user backup service. Currently, we’re backing up 1,094 users, who have 130TB of data protected with CrashPlan. By providing a lightweight, free, automatic backup service to all on quad faculty and staff, HMS IT has saved time and money by enabling clients to recover deleted/damaged/lost files. We’d like to share how we implemented this service, as well as client feedback and success stories.

Phish, Flop, or Fine?, at Harvard IT Summit, Thursday, June 2, 2016

Email scams continue to be effective at gathering user credentials, and many of our legitimate business messages exhibit phishing red flags – particularly links to non-Harvard websites. Let’s take the burden off of individual recipients to distinguish between “phish” and “flop” and ensure we deliver clean and trustworthy messages to them. Learn about email best practices and some new tools available to you, as well.

Big Data Panel, at Harvard IT Summit, Thursday, June 2, 2016

Funding agencies and journals have encouraged scientists to make primary data publicly available whenever possible. When you have a mandate but no solution, what can you do? A joint project between Harvard Medical School and Harvard University with support from the Helmsley Trust strives to develop tools to publish large biomedical datasets to address this emerging community need.

Harvard Phone Next Generation Communications, at Harvard IT Summit, Thursday, June 2, 2016

Harvard Phone is a new service that lets you decide where you make and take calls at Harvard. Whether it’s a landline, your laptop, or your mobile phone, you have one Harvard number for all your devices. Come visit the Harvard Phone booth to see and experience the next generation phones and capabilities through live demonstrations. Visit for more information on Harvard Phone.

Rubrics and Peer-Review in Canvas: Examples from FAS and HKS, at Harvard IT Summit, Thursday, June 2, 2016

The University-wide adoption of Canvas at Harvard has enabled pedagogical innovations spanning schools and a variety of educational settings. This presentation will describe how two advanced features, rubrics and peer-review, have been used in residential courses in FAS and HKS, as well as in an online continuing education course offered through the Center for International Development at HKS. Findings and lessons learned will be discussed.