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Latest collaboration with Bodleian on Shakespeare's First Folio project now completed

A new phase has been completed in the Bodleian First Folio project. Drawing on the research of Emma Smith from Hertford College, and in collaboration with IT Services and the University of Oxford e-Research Centre, the digital facsimile is being enriched by the serial publication of digital texts of each play. This second, textual phase, with a redeveloped website, was brought about by Monica Messaggi-Kaya from the Bodleian Digital Library Systems and Services and John Pybus from Oxford e-Research Centre, with TEI XML consultation from James Cummings, from IT Services. The First Folio project was conceived and led by Pip Willcox from BDLSS.

Published: 2014-04-24T11:26:44+01:00

Microsoft Office 365 Pro Plus now available to students for free download

Thanks to the work of IT Services and funding from the Divisional Software Licensing Group, the Microsoft Office 365 Pro Plus software download, including the major office products is now available for free to all current students of Oxford University. Click the title of this item to go to the webstore.

Published: 2014-04-16T21:58:50+01:00

OxTALENT Competition 2014

The OxTALENT Competition 2014 celebrates and rewards the innovative use of digital technology in teaching, learning, research, and outreach at the University of Oxford. If you have used technology in an exciting way, enthused students with your WebLearn site, or designed an eye-catching conference poster or infographic, please visit the OxTALENT competition website for details and an entry form. Alternatively, if you have been impressed by a colleague's use of technology and you think we should consider them for an award, please tell the OxTALENT competition committee. The closing date for entries is Friday, 16th May.

Published: 2014-04-08T13:50:29+01:00

Summer Internships - Apply Now

This summer IT Services are offering paid 8-week internships to current Oxford University students. This is an exciting opportunity for students from a variety of backgrounds to work in a wide range of IT-related projects. The internship will offer you valuable work experience that will help in your future career, as well as being part of key projects for the University. Further details are available from http://www.it.ox.ac.uk/about/jobs/, the closing date is 28 April 2014.

Published: 2014-03-28T08:19:53+00:00

Book now for Digital.Humanities@Oxford Summer School 2014

The Digital Humanities at Oxford Summer School (DHOxSS) is an annual training event taking place on 14 - 18 July 2014 at the University of Oxford for researchers, project managers, research assistants, students, and anyone interested in Digital Humanities. The main information concerning the Digital Humanities at Oxford Summer School 2014 is located at http://dhoxss.humanities.ox.ac.uk/2014/.

Published: 2014-03-26T12:40:47+00:00

Annual Report 2012-13

The first IT Services Annual Report discusses the role of all sections of the department in providing quality IT provision to the University. It details how services have performed to meet the ever growing expectation of end users for their IT requirements. The report also discusses the many projects that the department is running from both business applications such as R12 to research based projects such as the World War 1 Centenary. The full report, which includes a foreword from Professor Anne Trefethen - Chief Information Officer, is available on the IT Services website.

Published: 2014-03-12T10:37:52+00:00

News from IT Services - Hilary 2014

Today sees the launch of the first edition of the termly newsletter. The purpose of this newsletter is to keep you updated on major projects, service developments, provide examples of how we support the work of the University and highlight any forthcoming events. Full version of the content is available on IT Services website. We also invite readers to sign-up to receive email summaries of editions at it-services-news-subscribe@maillist.ox.ac.uk. If you have any feedback, comments or suggestions, the Communications and Web Office would very much like to hear from you; please contact communications@it.ox.ac.uk.

Published: 2014-03-10T11:52:21+00:00

Temporary change of opening hours for the Drop-in Help Desk at Banbury Road

From Monday, March 10th, up to and including Friday, March 21st, the IT Services Banbury Road Help Desk will open from 11:00 am instead of the usual 08:30 am. This is because we are particularly short staffed during those two weeks. We will still be taking queries by phone and email from 8:30 am as usual. Data Centre Reception and the Course Registration area are unaffected and will operate their normal hours.

Published: 2014-03-07T13:40:26+00:00

Turnitin User Group meeting Wed 26 March 2:00pm

Join us at the termly meeting of the Turnitin User Group at IT Services, 13 Banbury Road. More details and booking information are available via the link provided.

Published: 2014-03-04T10:14:44+00:00

WebLearn User Group Meeting 17 March 2014

The March meeting of the WebLearn User Group is all about creating web pages to enhance navigation and the presentation of materials in your WebLearn site.

Published: 2014-02-21T12:03:29+00:00

Revised Service Catalogue

A new and improved Service Catalogue is now available. We hope that the revised structure offers users a more streamlined approach to accessing information on our services. The information is now split out into three levels. Firstly, a dashboard landing page now illustrates the service categories by role and theme as well as a by a searchable A-to-Z listing. These then link through to a summary of services within each category, each with a short description. This category summary then links to service description pages for the majority of our services. We are currently reviewing how best to present information to our users, so if you have any comments or feedback on the resource, please send this through to the Projects and Service Management team by Monday 31 March.

Published: 2014-02-14T14:45:57+00:00

Breakfast at IT Services

New members of Oxford University staff are warmly invited to join us for breakfast at IT Services, Banbury Road. Over croissants and coffee, we will introduce you to the many important services that are available to you for your work or research. There will also be a chance to chat to IT staff and other newcomers.

Published: 2014-02-13T14:03:09+00:00

Research Data Management Training Courses

Upcoming research data management training events taught by members of the Research Support Team.

Published: 2014-02-13T13:49:32+00:00

Running Committees with SharePoint

Committees in Oxford can be complicated. If collating the papers is hard work and remembering to send which papers to which set of people is even more of a challenge, find out how SharePoint can help.
Come and hear about a template site, custom made for Oxford committees can help to manage this information and also give people information about this meeting, last meeting, next meeting all in one easy interface.
This talk is part of the do: series of talks. Read more...

Published: 2014-01-29T16:31:23+00:00

Freshers' Survey Report 2013 now available

A report detailing the results of the 2013 Freshers' Survey is now available. Responses have been analysed overall, by level of study and by division. Over 20% of freshers bring tablets, the percentage of Windows machines drops again but the number of people with no anti-virus protection is still rising. Wireless access everywhere is the top 'essential' facility.

Published: 2014-01-29T14:26:32+00:00

WebLearn and Turnitin courses Hilary Term 2014

To all WebLearn users, local WebLearn coordinators and Turnitin users. We have planned another full programme of ITLP courses for the new term. The majority of courses are aimed at staff members, but there is one for students on 'How to avoid plagiarism'. The WebLearn User Group will meet on Mon 17 March (2-4 pm), and the Turnitin User Group on Wed 26 March (2-4 pm). The course programme and booking link for courses and user group meetings can be found via the accompanying URL.

Published: 2014-01-27T16:25:35+00:00

Synching your mobile device with Nexus

See our Nexus mobile pages for instructions as to how to synchronise your mobile with Nexus.
For those who already do, there will be brief interruptions to the synchronisation between 0700 and 0900 on 28th January, 4th February and 6th February 2014. This is due to essential maintenance work taking place. Apologies for the inconvenience.

Published: 2014-01-23T14:33:49+00:00

Safer Internet Day Tues 11th Feb: 'Let's create a better Internet together'.

For Safer Internet Day 2014 a panel of experts will join together to discuss this year's theme - "Let's create a better Internet together". The event is being organised by the University's Information Security team and Academic IT Services. Discussion will focus on what responsibilities the University, its staff and students have in helping to create a better Internet.

Published: 2014-01-10T14:50:43+00:00

IT Services Livestream 'Stargazing Oxford' on Saturday 11th Jan.

Our Educational Media Team will be supporting Oxford Physics to live stream "Stargazing Oxford". On January 11th from 2pm onwards, a series of short talks, games and demonstrations will leave you putting down your TV remote and reaching for your telescope. Areas covered will include far-off galaxies, the Galaxy Zoo and the vastness of the Universe. Join us at http://livestream.com/oxfordpodcasts and join in with the fun by tweeting on the #StargazingOxford hashtag. Further details : https://www2.physics.ox.ac.uk/events

Published: 2014-01-10T09:52:19+00:00

New year, new skills. All our IT courses for January '14 are open for booking now.

The course catalogue provides summary information about courses offered by the IT Learning Programme and Bodleian Libraries. In the course catalogue you can express your interest in courses that are not currently scheduled.

Published: 2014-01-06T09:39:10+00:00

Drop your docs in a My Site for when you're out and about

Get access to all of your important documents and files from anywhere. And don't worry about them sitting on someone else's server. Open up your Nexus My Site and add stuff for your eyes only, or for you to share with others. A Nexus My Site gives you pretty much everything SharePoint has to offer, just for you: document libraries; lists of all sorts; an internal blog; and a personal profile to share with your colleagues. Find out more or simply get started by visiting https://mysite.nexus.ox.ac.uk

Published: 2013-12-19T13:55:18+00:00

Christmas Closure of the Banbury Road Help Desk

The Help Desk at 13 Banbury Road will be closed from

  • 12:00 noon on Tuesday, December 24th, 2013
and reopen
  • 8:30 am on Thursday 2nd January, 2014.
Any messages submitted by 12:00 noon on December 24th will receive a reply before Christmas. Merry Christmas Everyone and a Happy New Year!

Published: 2013-12-18T15:54:47+00:00

Oxford University student help needed for usability study

We are currently redesigning our web site and need up to 5 Oxford University student volunteers to perform some user testing experiments for us. It will take no longer than 1 hour and you will receive a £10 Amazon voucher for your time. The testing will take place on Thursday 12th December during the afternoon. If you are interested in helping please contact IT Services Webmaster in the first instance.

Published: 2013-12-04T11:39:29+00:00

Flash Talk Physics Live

On Wednesday 4th December from 6:30pm til 8:30 pm, we will be streaming the exciting 'Flash Talk Physics' event live. The event showcases cutting-edge physics research in a series of bite-size 10 minute talks. Join in using the hashtag #flashtalkphysics.

Published: 2013-12-02T15:50:21+00:00

Oxford Teaching Resources in TESconnect for Remembrance Day

TESconnect is the online portal for the Times Educational Supplement. It provides access to online versions of the magazine, forum, jobs, newsletter etc. It also includes a 'Teaching Resources' section where teachers share and download free lesson plans, classroom resources, revision guides and curriculum worksheets. The site has 2.7 million registered users in over 276 countries, so the potential audience for our OER is huge. Our first Oxford resources include materials to support teachers in advance of Remembrance Day.

Published: 2013-11-08T11:36:45+00:00

Breakfast at IT Services

New members of Oxford University staff are warmly invited to join us for breakfast at IT Services, Banbury Road. Over croissants and coffee, we will introduce you to the many important services that are available to you for your work or research. There will also be a chance to chat to IT staff and other newcomers.

Published: 2013-11-04T13:25:58+00:00

Closure of the Help Centre Self-Service Area at 13 Banbury Road

Usage of the self-service facilities has been declining over recent years. IT Services is now considering what type of centralised IT resource would better meet the needs of the University would like to hear from you. To discuss the closure or ideas for the future, email helpcentre.manager@it.ox.ac.uk to arrange a meeting.

Published: 2013-11-01T13:45:29+00:00

Research Skills Toolkit

IT Services and Bodleiean Libraries offer a free hands-on workshop for research students introducing key tools, techniques and resources. There are limited spaces so book your place now.

Published: 2013-10-22T12:22:38+01:00

Open Access Week Events

Open Access Week is an annual global event intended to highlight the benefits of Open Access. Oxford University will be holding a number of Open Access events, both during the week itself and throughout the academic year.

Published: 2013-10-20T12:16:54+01:00

Developing an IT Strategic Plan

Please review the new collegiate University draft IT Strategic Plan. We welcome your comments to itstrategy@it.ox.ac.uk by 20th December 2013

Published: 2013-10-18T10:19:42+01:00

Open Access Week @ Oxford 2013

Open Access Week (Twitter #OAWeek) is nearly here; it is an annual global event intended to highlight the benefits of Open Access. Oxford University is holding a number of Open Access events starting on Monday 21 October and continuing throughout the 2013-14 academic year. Please visit Open Access Oxford for more information.

Published: 2013-10-10T13:07:00+01:00

You are the target: find out how to protect yourself

An overview from Information Security experts of tips to protect yourself, your family and the University. Why is your personal information valuable? What are common ways that it might get into the wrong hands and the practical things you can do to reduce the risk of data theft. Available to book online now. Part of a series of Security and Privacy Online courses.

Published: 2013-10-09T10:52:49+01:00

Social Media Michaelmas is back!

The award-winning Engage: Social Media Michaelmas is back! For the second year running IT Services with the Bodleian Libraries will be offering a full term of social media and digital communications events to explore tools and strategies for building online presence, academic networking, engagement and impact.

Published: 2013-10-07T14:21:25+01:00

Engage: A guide to using digital technologies for public engagement

Of particular interest to researchers, research facilitators and anyone involved in outreach activities, the Engage web site provides useful information to those who are looking to enhance their public engagement activities though the use of digital technologies.

Published: 2013-10-07T14:19:16+01:00

OSS Watch's services for University of Oxford staff

OSS Watch is a service offered by Oxford IT Services, offering support, training, and consultancy in a range of areas.

Published: 2013-10-07T12:18:16+01:00

IT Resources for National Poetry Day

We host online collections of open educational resources (OER) which can be used by the public at any time, but particularly on National Poetry Day. In addition to the famous First World War Poetry Archive which has been cited in hundreds of academic publications; and the University of Oxford Text Archive; we also have a large collection of podcasts of, and about, poetry and poetry resources specifically for schools in our Great Writers Collection. Our collections hold many unique treasures including young British poets competing for the Tower poetry prize, a history of the Eighteenth Century in ten poems, the war diaries of Vera Brittain and our Deputy CIO reading Beowulf.

Published: 2013-10-03T10:03:33+01:00

Women in Science Editathon: Ada Lovelace Day 2013

The University of Oxford's IT Services and Bodleian Libraries are organising an editathon focused on women in science to celebrate Ada Lovelace Day on 15 October 2013. The editathon will take place at IT Services on Banbury Road.

Published: 2013-09-23T12:34:08+01:00

Talk like a Pirate Day it may be, but thar be good reasons why it's not a good idea t' act like one online.

Ahoy me hearties! Talk like a pirate day it may be but thar be good reasons why it's not a good idea t' act like one online. Pillagin' the Internet for booty might seem attractive t' some bilge-sucking scallywags and ye can see why sometimes. A recent study by Ofcom cites cost, availability o' desired material and convenience as the main reasons why people choose t' hornswaggle when it comes t' online content and more than half of ye Internet users have downloaded or streamed infringin' material at some point. The Ofcom study also suggest that infringement notifications or technical measures, as foreseen by the Digital Economy Act, were unlikely to change behaviour but avast ye for here be a couple o' good reasons why your booty may turn out t' be cursed!

Published: 2013-09-19T09:16:12+01:00

WebLearn and Turnitin courses MT 2013

We have planned another full programme of ITLP courses for the new term, in particular on the topics of using WebLearn (for staff) and Turnitin (mostly for staff). There is one course for students on How to avoid Plagiarism, which has proved to be very popular. Go to the ITLP courses database for course descriptions, topics and booking facilities. Look under W for WebLearn or P for Plagiarism.

Published: 2013-09-18T09:34:52+01:00

ITLP October courses are open for booking.

October ITLP courses are now available for booking. See: http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/atoz for more details.

Published: 2013-09-17T15:28:04+01:00

In response to feedback from students we have a new look WebLearn Welcome page.

In response to feedback from students last year in the WebLearn Student Experience project we have a new Welcome page. The new page includes 'Get Started', 'Suggest a System Improvement' , 'User Voice' and 'Did you know?'.

Published: 2013-09-11T16:29:32+01:00

Learn R on 'Talk Like a Pirate Day' 19th Sept.

As is now traditional, in celebration of international Talk Like a Pirate Day on Sept 19th, we will be running a course to learn R. Please book your place now http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TMMJ

Published: 2013-09-11T10:30:14+01:00

Discover our crowdsourcing service this autumn

Running Community Collections and Crowdsourcing Service. This is a service available to groups internal and external to the University, offering free advice and more indepth coaching, training and leadership on a cost-recovery basis. This Autumn there will be plenty of opportunities to hear more about the service and the projects we have developed, including a new *free* course available to University members (information to come). See: More about crowdsourcing service.

Published: 2013-08-28T12:28:53+01:00

Podcasts from the 2013 Digital Humanities@Oxford Summer School are now available online.

20 recordings of sessions in the Cultural Connections theme are now available to listen/watch again. The sessions will be of interest to researchers, project managers, research assistants, and students who are interested in the creation, management, analysis, modelling, visualization, or publication of digital data for the humanities.

Published: 2013-08-14T13:33:41+01:00

A new University of Oxford Museums app is available to download.

Teams in IT Services have worked with the Oxford University Museums to create a new app. Discover featured objects and keep up to date with the latest exhibitions and events.

Published: 2013-08-09T13:15:18+01:00

The webauth pages, where members of the University type in their Oxford account credentials, have changed.

We have recently updated the 'Webauth' pages to a new style. These are the login pages that members of the University type in their Oxford account credentials in order to access a wide variety of services. The new pages will work better on smaller screened devices such as tablets and phones, as well as with laptops and desktops. The new appearance is also consistent with the branding used for other services provided for the University by IT Services. See: http://www.it.ox.ac.uk/publicity/webauth/ for example pages and more information.

Published: 2013-08-09T11:36:10+01:00

Celebrating 1 million visitors to our First World War Poetry Digital collections.

The First World War Poetry Digital Archive is an online repository of over 7000 items of text, images, audio, and video for teaching, learning, and research. Freely available to the public as well as the educational community, the First World War Poetry Digital Archive is a significant resource for studying the First World War and the literature it inspired. The site has now attracted more than 1 million visitors.

Published: 2013-07-26T16:59:09+01:00

20,865,969 downloads and counting....

The Oxford podcasts collection would take you 123 days to watch start to finish. We have released another 2,000 items in the last 12 months. More than half are licenced as Creative Commons for re-use. 470 different series from across the University and nearly 21 million downloads for Oxford on iTunesU.

Published: 2013-07-11T12:48:52+01:00

Digital.Humanities@Oxford Summer School

The Digital.Humanities@Oxford Summer School (DHOxSS) is an annual Digital Humanities training event which usually takes place in July at the University of Oxford. DHOxSS delegates are introduced to a range of topics suitable for researchers, project managers, research assistants, and students who are interested in the creation, management, analysis, modelling, visualization, or publication of digital data for the humanities. Each delegate follows one of our 5-day workshops and supplements this with plenary guest lectures by experts in their fields. DHOxSS is a collaboration for Digital.Humanities@Oxford between the University of Oxford's IT Services, the Oxford e-Research Centre (OeRC), the Bodleian Libraries, and The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities. DHOxSS is directed by Dr James Cummings from IT Services.

Published: 2013-07-03T15:34:20+01:00

Support for Oxford Open Days

Visitors to Oxford for Open Days are able to acccess a range of useful materials on their mobile devices as they explore the city. We have thousands of example lectures and tutorials available online for free which give a taster of what Oxford life is like. Audio tours make our sites accessible and Mobile Oxford provides information about buildings, bus times, library access and so much more.

Published: 2013-06-27T10:21:18+01:00

Learning about Social Media at Oxford

The demand for training and expertise in the use of social media and communication technologies for academic practice has grown over the past few years, to support public engagement and outreach activities, as well as the progression of an academic career through a powerful online presence and social networking.

Published: 2013-06-21T12:29:36+01:00

OxTALENT Awards at the IT Services Red Carpet Event 2013

At IT Services on 18th June 2013, a red carpet reception will be held to celebrate Oxford's innovative use of IT in teaching and learning. This event is invitation only. However, you can follow the proceedings online through twitter (@ltgoxford and #oxtalent2013 ) and via the event blog posts.

Published: 2013-06-17T09:59:13+01:00

Case Studies of Innovative Practice

A series of video case studies of innovative practice in use of technology for teaching and learning.

Published: 2013-06-14T14:51:32+01:00

Opportunities for Oxford Students to join us as Summer Interns

Over the summer IT Services offer paid internships to Oxford University Students. These are exciting opportunities to join our dedicated IT Services teams and we are looking for students from various backgrounds. The internship will offer you valuable work experience that will help in your future career, as well as being part of a key project for the University.

Published: 2013-06-05T14:20:18+01:00

The Oxford Community Collection Model

The Oxford Community Collection Model is used to create collections by combining large-scale online crowd-sourcing with personal, individual interaction. The Model allows contributors to choose the way they wish to contribute to a collection, offering an opportunity for those who lacks the resources, ability, or opportunity to use computers to be part of a digital initiative, sharing their material with the World.

Published: 2013-05-29T11:26:32+01:00

Oxford Talks: Daily Listings Now Online

One-stop shop for academic seminars, regardless of subject or degree of specialisation. Daily listings and searches by date, talk, series, speaker, or venue. Sign in to create your own personal list of talks, choose daily or weekly email reminders, or get a feed directly to your calendar.

Published: 2013-05-29T11:10:35+01:00

When Facebook is not Enough

Although Facebook is a popular tool amongst students, most of the students who attended our user research workshops agreed that it would be a good idea to have discussion forums in WebLearn for activities which support academic activities such as a lecture topic, or FAQs with respect to practicals and tutorials.

Published: 2013-05-29T11:00:34+01:00

WebLearn on iPads for the Blavatnik School

The Blavatnik School of Government have produced a short video to show how they used WebLearn to support their students using ipads on course.

Published: 2013-05-29T10:56:54+01:00

Case Studies of Global Reach

A new case study published by the Higher Education Academy describes the ways in which we promote and track international use of our OER collections.

Published: 2013-05-14T13:54:47+01:00

Thursday 23 May is Learning at Work Day!

Learning at Work Day is a national annual awareness campaign to promote and support workplace learning. This year's theme is "Many Ways to Learn" and all University staff are invited to sample our many ways to learn from a range of face to face sessions, downloadable podcasts and on-line learning material.

Published: 2013-05-14T12:47:57+01:00

OxTALENT Awards 2013

The OxTALENT annual awards recognise members of the University who have made use of ICT to foster learning and academic practice at either undergraduate or postgraduate level. Awards can be given either to individuals or to teams. Applications relating to the development of more effective links between teaching and research or to improving impact and outreach will be particularly welcome.

Published: 2013-05-14T12:26:47+01:00

Locating Graduate Training

The Graduate Training information site in WebLearn has recently been expanded to advertise training opportunities for graduate students provided by all the academic divisions and departments as well as central services such as the Bodleian Libraries, IT Services (ITLP), Careers Service, Language Centre and Safety Office.

Published: 2013-05-02T10:25:19+01:00

Oxford iTunesU reaches 19 million downloads

October 2012 marked the fourth anniversary of the launch of Oxford's iTunesU site, featuring audio and video podcasts from across the University. It has been a great success - 19 million downloads so far, and currently reaching a worldwide audience of 185 countries.

Published: 2013-04-25T10:09:17+01:00

Freshers' IT wishes? Read about it in our Freshers' Survey Report 2012

OUCS and now IT Services have run a survey at Freshers' Fair since 2004. The aim is to capture the prior experiences, and more recently, wishes of freshers to inform IT Services' strategy, focus and resources. For example, the IT Learning Programme use the data to help them plan courses. The survey also provides a wealth of data for divisions and others to use as they see fit, for example, to explore the support requirements or students or assess what proportion would own the appropriate technology to access facilities they might provide.

Published: 2013-04-25T09:20:37+01:00

IT Services Update Trinity 2013 available

The Trinity issue of our termly newsletter is now available. It is packed with updates on our services, projects, courses, and events.

Published: 2013-04-25T09:11:57+01:00

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