Presentations

HUIT's Approach to Service Management: ITIL Processes to Service Taxonomy, at Harvard IT Summit, Thursday, June 4, 2015

Over the last couple of years, HUIT has laid a service management foundation by implementing key ITIL processes. Building on that base, one of the organization’s top 2015 goals has been to continue improving its practices, with a particular focus on service taxonomy. Learn about HUIT’s efforts in this area and its collaboration with service owners to enhance delivery through self-service, the service catalog, communications, and more. Related materials (e.g., templates and guides) will be made available.

Speakers: Peter Baskette, Managing… Read more about HUIT's Approach to Service Management: ITIL Processes to Service Taxonomy

Parallelization of Large-Scale Image Processing Workflows to Unravel Neuronal Networks, at Harvard IT Summit, Thursday, June 4, 2015

The function of neurons and neuronal networks depend on their connectivity. Mapping these connections would accelerate understanding of how cellular and network function is generated; however, detailed connectivity maps are difficult to obtain. We use high-throughput electron microscopy to tackle this problem. Here, we demonstrate our approach to automating a large-scale image processing and alignment pipeline. We will present a software tool that parallelizes a serial workflow implemented on a high-performance computing cluster.

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Digital Preservation 101, or, How to Keep Bits for Centuries, at Harvard IT Summit, Thursday, June 4, 2015

Digital archivists need to preserve electronic records permanently. This presentation will cover the prevailing model for long-term digital preservation along with the requirements of a trustworthy digital repository. The presentation will also cover preferred file formats for long-term storage; a small detour through digital forensics and FRED machines; and why archivists cry themselves to sleep at night when the general public conflates “archives” with “backup copies” of data.

Speaker: Julie Swierczek, Digital Asset… Read more about Digital Preservation 101, or, How to Keep Bits for Centuries

The Multi-Modal Curriculum: Decisions for Reusability and Integration, at Harvard IT Summit, Thursday, June 4, 2015

When designing a curriculum across multiple modalities, important decisions must be made around learning platforms, marketing, time and resource investment, and the creation of custom assets. Join us as we discuss lessons learned and promising practices uncovered through the development of GSE3x: Introduction to Data Wise, a new HarvardX course serving as the foundation of an entire curriculum comprising follow-on, paid experiences offered in online, blended, and face-to-face formats.

Speakers: Bonnie Anderson, Manager of Instructional Design… Read more about The Multi-Modal Curriculum: Decisions for Reusability and Integration

Collaboration in Science and Technology, at Harvard IT Summit, Thursday, June 4, 2015

Until recently, the criteria used in assessing and engaging people for the advancement of science and technology have been focused on skills and contributions of single individuals in these fields, and not been carefully evaluated based on their success. As science and technology are increasingly becoming collaborative and social ventures, and it is now seldom the case that the impact of a single individual is crucial, the criteria for and stereotypes of the successful scientific or technical leader should change accordingly. Changing the criteria and stereotypes results in a larger and… Read more about Collaboration in Science and Technology

Don’t Get Caught in a Blizzard! Avoiding Snowflakes in Cloud Migrations, at Harvard IT Summit, Thursday, June 4, 2015

Chaos Monkeys love “snowflakes” — those one-off, special services and setups that are particularly vulnerable to crashes and problems with application and infrastructure management. This talk gives a behind-the-scenes look at how HUIT’s Cloud & DevOps group avoided snowflakes when migrating to the cloud while also making it faster and easier for service teams to get their work done.

Website: http://cloud.huit.harvard.edu/

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Harvard Green IT White Paper, at Las Vegas, Nev., Sunday, April 19, 2015

A Green IT sub-committee composed of key IT and facilities leaders across Harvard is revising key guidelines and recommendations for reducing energy and cutting greenhouse gas emissions from the University’s IT infrastructure. The Green IT sub-committee is co-chaired by Eric D’Souza, Senior Project Manager at Harvard University Information Technology; James Cuff, Director of Research Computing at FAS; and Doug Scatterday, Director of Facilities at HBS.

The results of these findings were presented by Dr. Cuff at the Data Center World conference in Las Vegas, Nev… Read more about Harvard Green IT White Paper

HUIT March 2015 Town Hall, at Paine Hall, Thursday, March 5, 2015

Presenter: Anne Margulies, University CIO 

Audience: HUIT staff

Overview: 

Keynote: James Cuff, Assistant Dean for Research Computing in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Sciences Division

Updates: Jason Snyder, Managing Director of Architecture & Engineering; Christian Hamer, Chief Information Security Officer

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