This term IT Services is once again helping to support the University’s response to the pandemic, whilst pressing on with the ‘day job’ of delivering IT solutions across the University. This term’s digest of IT projects gives an insight into how we are using technology to assist in the provision of high-quality services and education, helping to ensure that Oxford continues to provide an exceptional teaching, learning and working environment for its students and staff.
Data and BI programme
Helping to keep data accurate, well-managed and accessible
The University’s new Data Strategy was launched last month at the Professional Services Conference. Together with the IT Strategic Plan and the Data Governance Framework, the Strategy sets out how we can keep our data accurate, well-managed and accessible. Read about how Data Services is putting the strategies into practice.
Education IT programme
Providing IT systems to support the delivery of exceptional teaching and learning
Many IT projects fall into our Education IT programme which supports teaching and learning. The big 'go-live' has been e-Assessment, which is supporting over 1500 exams in Trinity Term. The Teaching Unit Management System (TUMS) is also launching this term to provide centralised access to data that has not previously been available. To find out more about these and our other IT projects supporting education, please read our full Education IT programme article.
Multi-factor authentication (MFA)
Protecting the University from cyber-criminals
The MFA Project will be enabling multi-factor authentication (MFA) on secondary accounts - also called non-personal, role-based, project, shared or generic accounts - during May and June 2021. For more information, please go to the MFA: Secondary accounts page (log in with SSO).
The more University accounts that are protected by MFA, the more we are all protected from cyber-criminals.
Ashmolean Collections Management System (CMS) soft launch
Improving quality and accuracy of GLAM collections data; enhancing productivity; a new framework for management of digital materials
The GLAM CMS/DAMS Project successfully supported the Ashmolean in the implementation and soft launch of their new web-based Collections Management System, MuseumPlus. This system, alongside the Digital Asset Management System (DAMS), will enable the museum to manage its collections data and digital surrogates effectively, and to support access to collections (data and assets) online. The new systems are designed to improve the quality and accuracy of collections data, enhance productivity, and provide a framework for the ongoing management of digital materials.
More information: Digital Systems Projects: CMS, DAMS & Collections Online
Bodleian Reader website
Easier navigation, improved design and greater usability
The GLAM WebCMS project has supported the delivery of the new Bodleian Reader website for students and readers. The project completed its first phase in Michaelmas term 2019 with the launch of the Visitor website. Bodleian staff have worked incredibly hard with the support of the IT Services project team and Software Development to be able to launch the new website over the Easter vacation. The new website will boast easier navigation, improved design, and greater usability especially for mobile devices. The usual link www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk will automatically direct you to the new site.