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Five ways you can take advantage of #dataprivacyday at #UCDavis

January 29, 2018

January 28 is National Data Privacy Day. In that spirit, here are five suggestions that can help you to, as the U.S. Senate once declared in a Privacy Day resolution, “respect privacy, safeguard data, and enable trust.” And because every day is a good day to do that, these ideas apply year-round.

“It is important that we think every day about both our own privacy, as well as our responsibilities as employees to respect and protect each other’s privacy,” said Molly M. Theodossy, director of Compliance and Policy Programs for UC Davis.

Starting Feb. 10, dialing from 916 will change

January 16, 2018

If you have a 916 area code number, get ready to change your dialing habits and perhaps update your saved or programmed phone numbers.

Starting Feb. 10, when you call from a 916 number, you must include the area code of the number you’re dialing for the call to go through. Instead of dialing seven digits, you’ll dial 1 + ten.

For example, to reach UC Davis Health, you’ll dial 1-916-734-2011. Simply dialing 734-2011 won’t work anymore.

Cut to Sacramento fiber-optic cable disrupts network access at UC Davis

December 21, 2017

Several important UC Davis services were unavailable starting at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20, when a construction project in downtown Sacramento severed a fiber-optic cable that carries network traffic to and from the Sacramento data center used by UC Davis.
 
Computing accounts, Banner, UC Davis Canvas, Final Grade Submission, myucdavis, and Office 365 were among the services affected. UC Davis services were re-established about 2:30 p.m. after technical personnel were able to restore a redundant network access channel.
 
The outage affected much more than UC Davis.

UC Davis Canvas course rosters now identify wait-listed students to faculty

December 14, 2017

A recent change to UC Davis Canvas makes it easy for faculty to identify wait-listed students in class rosters.

Instructors can see the improvement when they look at the roster displayed in the People tool of their course sites. Beginning with classes taught in the upcoming winter quarter/spring semester, any students who are wait-listed will have “Student_Waitlist” after their names (see example).

Previously, students were listed simply as students, whether they were on a wait list or not.

With use of SiteFarm growing, UC Davis sets end date for Cascade, cPanel

December 12, 2017

UC Davis website managers and communicators should be interested in this news: The campus will retire Cascade as a content management system, and cPanel as a place to host websites, in late 2018.

The change comes as more campus units opt to build and manage sites with SiteFarm, a more modern UC Davis web publishing platform, instead of Cascade. SiteFarm is a central service available at no cost to campus units, and includes website hosting.

UC Davis will host UC-wide computing conference for 2018

December 11, 2017

UC Davis will host the next annual University of California Computing Services Conference on Aug. 13-15, 2018. The theme this year is “sustainable technology.”   

The conference is open to any faculty and staff who work in IT or are interested in information technology. Presentations are generally designed for IT professionals, but some sessions will cover topics that also apply outside IT, such as project management, service delivery and procurement.

UC orders moratorium on new purchases or uses of Kaspersky Lab products

December 08, 2017

The University of California has ordered all UC campuses and locations not to buy or deploy Kaspersky Lab products, including technology that uses embedded Kaspersky code.

Kaspersky’s main product is antivirus software. Based on procurement records and data from managed computer systems, only a handful of locations at UC Davis use Kaspersky products, so the impact here is minor.

Next phase of reduced access to SmartSite begins Dec. 19

December 04, 2017

Starting Dec. 19, 2017, anyone who still wants to access SmartSite will need to do so from a campus location or, if they’re away from UC Davis, use a VPN (virtual private network) connection.

The change, which essentially limits access to people who have UC Davis accounts, is part of the phased retirement of the former campus learning management system.

To encourage scholarship and innovation, speak up for net neutrality

November 30, 2017

On Dec. 14, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is expected to replace current rules enforcing net neutrality. Because of interest generated by the pending decision, we’re posting this essay originally written last spring.

 

By Bill Buchanan

If the United States abandons net neutrality, says UC Davis University Librarian MacKenzie Smith, the harm to scholarship will be significant.