University of Oxford ICTF 08

ICT Forum
2008 Conference

Wednesday 16th July - Sa´d Business School


Topic/theme Presenter Presentation
Workshop Description
Advanced use of the Google Search Appliance Sebastian Rahtz, OUCS PDF

Oxford University has a Google Search Appliance box constantly indexing as many Oxford web sites as it can lay its hands on, and currently delivering up results from about 700,000 pages. It is easy to configure it to provide a search facility for a department, college or project, and many webmasters have already done so.

This workshop aims to take you beyond the simple search interface, and investigate some of the more esoteric functions, including:

  • teaching the GSA about keywords and phrases
  • changing the XSL stylesheet which formats the results
  • consuming the raw XML results directly
  • developing addon modules which integrate the GSA with other searches
  • giving the GSA access to protected resources
Oxford University Research Archive: Why ORA? Why Fedora? Sally Rumsey, ORA PPT   PDF
What are the reasons behind the provision of an institutional digital archive for research materials at Oxford? And why has the open source Fedora software been selected as the basis for building the archive? This presentation will give some insight into the decision making and reasoning behind ORA. It will also give a brief preview of some plans for the future.
Notes from an emerging Mobile SIG at OUCS Paul Trafford, OUCS ODP   PPT   PDF
This workshop will introduce the Mobile Special Interest Group, set up recently in OUCS to respond to the increasing support requests for handheld access to University services. It will describe its rationale, report on work carried out so far, and suggest some ideas for future developments.
The Groupware Project Mark Norman, OUCS PPT   PDF
News and background of the current project to implement a groupware solution, including email, calendaring, mobile devices, file store and much more. A complicated selection process has been taking place involving representatives from across the University and colleges. We are nearing the selection of a candidate solution. This talk will advise on how we reached this point, who is involved and some of the next steps.
WebLearn Beta: An overview of the new improved WebLearn service Matthew Buckett, OUCS PPT   PDF
OUCS is leading the drive to replace the current WebLearn service (based on software called Bodington) with a new system based on the Sakai Collaborative Learning Environment. The new service, due to go into pilot for the 2008/09 academic year, will replicate the functionality of the existing system and will also add lots of new exciting features which will be very useful not only for Teaching and Learning but also for Research and Administration. This workshop will give an overview of the migration project, give some sneak previews of the new service and outline some issues surrounding the movement content into the new service.
Revisiting the three Rs: Ruby, Rails and REST Barry Cornelius, OUCS HTML
The main aim of this workshop is to demonstrate how easy Rails makes it to build web applications that are supported by a database. The presentation will explain in detail how Rails can be used on Windows/Linux to build a simple web application, and then we will look at some of the issues involved with building more involved web applications. Using digressions on the way, we will also look at some aspects of the Ruby programming language. We will also look at REST, a technology for web services, and see how Rails automatically generates interfaces that are RESTful. Although this talk will cover some of the areas tackled by Christopher Hoskin at the 2007 ITSS Confernece, different material will be used.
07 Workshop 07 was cancelled.
Introducing the Oak LDAP authorization and directory service Dominic Hargreaves, OUCS HTML
The Oak LDAP authorization and directory service will enable service providers within the University to make real-time authorization decisions, and retrieve information about Oxford users. This will be especially of interest to units already using the Webauth or Kerberos single sign-on infrastructure, or thinking of doing so, but may be applicable in other situations too.
The service will be usable with varying degrees of complexity -- at the simplest level, access controls based on unit affiliation and status can be easily added to an existing Webauth-protected resource through mod_webauthldap configuration; at the most complex, direct access to LDAP in an application may be used to make arbitrarily complex authorization decisions, and retrieve personal data relating to a given user.
Future planned work on the service includes student course and year group information, and an ad-hoc user-managed group store.
This workshop will given an overview of the data available, the process of registering for access to the LDAP service, and will go through through some sample configurations and APIs in a Linux environment.
Collaboration Services on OS X 10.5 (Leopard) Server James Partridge, OUCS PDF
This talk will focus on the new collaboration services offered in Leopard server, in particular the wiki / blog server, iCal server, group creation and management and iChat server. The talk will demonstrate some of these services and consider how they can best be integrated into existing IT infrastructure.
Podcasting: Enjoying a lecture on the bus Peter Robinson, OUCS PDF
Podcasting is the method of distributing multimedia files, such as audio files (most commonly, MP3s) or videos, over the internet using the RSS syndication format, for playback on mobile devices such as ipods and personal computers. In this talk the speaker will discuss and demonstrate recent initiatives at Oxford to consolidate and simplify this work at an institutional level, making it much easier for everyone to find a lecture for the early morning bus journey.
The New Collegiate University Development Database - Implementation Issues Stewart Watson, BSP PPT   PDF
Supporting Development and Alumni Relations the new system is aimed at all members of the Collegiate University. To this end there are many challenges and issues of concern. This workshop will look at some of the key technologies and issues surrounding implementing the Blackbaud Enterprise CRM at the Univeristy of Oxford and what it means for users and stakeholders. Of particular note will be the system architecture, connectivity and data migration.
Network and Wireless Services Update Oliver Gorwits, OUCS PDF
Oliver will look at what has been delivered so far to wireless users within the University, and what is expected to come over the next year.
This will cover the implementation and operation of Eduroam, as well as the proposed centrally-managed provision of wireless to many University public areas. In addition there will be a round-up of other major projects recently completed and underway within the OUCS Network and Telecommunications Group.
Overview of Windows server 2008 Adam Hamilton, ITS Feda Limited PPT   PDF
What's hot and what's not in Microsoft's latest server OS offering. Should you upgrade sooner, later or not at all? And will what advantages or otherwise will it provide? An experienced Microsoft watcher and Micrsoft Certified Trainer gives you the inside information on this latest of products.
Investigating Compromised Windows Machines: A guide to getting router blocks lifted. Jonathan Ashton & David Ford, OUCS & OxCERT PDF
OxCERT present a brief look at some of the tools available to IT staff that might come in handy when windows machines get hacked.
This workshop is intended to describe the steps OxCERT will take when we notice compromised hosts, what we'd like from ITSS, and briefly introduce some of the tools that are available, and might be useful when it comes to identifying and removing malware.
How to get more bang for your buck! Jackie Stiff, IT Buyer &
Bettina Talmon
, Solicitor, University Purchasing Department
How to get the most out of the purchasing process. Looking at current
contracts in place and how to avoid legal pitfalls.
Bradford Networks Campus Manager at New College James Dore, New College;
Matt Ashman, Commercial Manager &
Andy Brimson, Technical Consultant
Khipu Networks Education Team;
Rick Leclerc, Bradford Networks
Bradford Networks Campus Manager is the most widely deployed Network Access Control and Identity Management solution within the UK and Ireland Education sector. Khipu have been installing and supporting the solution since July 2005 into a number of Universities, Colleges and Schools Halls of Residence and, or, Campus “Wired” and “Wireless” networks to meet a wide range of requirements including:- Automatic registration of student╣s devices; Authentication of student owned devices; Ensure that these devices are free from vulnerabilities before being granted network access (i.e. Viruses, Spyware, Illegal or prohibitive applications); To track all devices and users on their networks; User, IP and MAC Address, location, state, time on/off etc; To provide a facility to allow non-college owned devices access to key resources or just the WWW, for example; 3rd party contractors, Conference/guest users; Secure and lock down their networks, stopping unauthorised devices being plugged in such as NAT devices, WLAN routers, hubs etc
Staff Gateway Project Ruth Mason, BSP & Susannah Wintersgill, Internal Communications PPT   PDF
The Staff Gateway project is a six-month project to improve the information architecture beneath the staff’ link on the University homepage. The project came about as a result of the scoping and feasibility study for the University web review, which found widespread concern that the current website does not meet the needs of members of staff. The primary objective is to create a new gateway of links on top of existing web content, which will start one level below the University's homepage at the 'Staff' location.
This will be a participative session run by members of the project team to gain your input into the project specification as it moves towards the design phase.
Herding Cats – (Cambridge) College IT Management Group Ashley Meggitt, Jesus College & Espen Koht, Darwin and St Edmund's Colleges PPT   PDF
Five or so years ago (Cambridge) college computing was a lonely affair with individual institutions running their systems in isolation. 31 colleges were regularly re-inventing the IT wheel, with merely passing knowledge of what anyone else was doing. The advent of the CITMG has created a vibration forum for college IT Managers and as a result college computing has developed more overall coherency. The CITMG has become a place to exchange ideas, to co-ordinate research effort, and a vehicle to have our say. This seminar will describe the structure, process, and the growing influence of the CITMG.
The Core User Directory Tony Brett, OUCS PPT   PDF
An overview of the Core user Directory project.
Cisco Digital Media System Steve Pryor, Business Development Manager – Cisco Systems, DMS Europe PPT   PDF
The Cisco« Digital Media System (DMS) enables Universities and Colleges to create, manage, and access compelling digital media to easily connect employees, partners, or students - anywhere, anytime. It is a flexible and comprehensive solution for publishing dynamic content to both on-premise digital signage displays and the desktop PC/laptop.
Here be dragons: making free customised maps Stephen Gower, Wolfson College PDF
Abstract This workshop will look at using OpenStreetMap and other free geodata sources, along with Open Source map-making tools to create customised maps for websites and printing - going one step beyond overlaying pushpins on a map layer!
Telecoms and VoIP update Alan Hillyer, OUCS and Ian Forrest, Cisco Systems PPT   PDF
Abstract Update on the project to date and revised timescales. Some demos of potential functionality to be made available and live demo of the Oxford system in use, to include cross-section of handsets including wi-fi.