Sun Microsystems has formed a new collaborative group focused on developing and sharing best practices for digital archiving: Sun Preservation and Archiving Special Interest Group (Sun PASIG). The group brings together representatives from industry, education, government, and library services in an effort to preserve and archive research and cultural materials.
The new DSpace Foundation is fostering open access to scholarly works with the open source DSpace platform for storing, managing, and distributing digital collections. Here, Campus Technology interviews Michele Kimpton, executive director of the nascent nonprofit created this past July by MIT and HP as a successor to their joint DSpace project begun in 2002.
A Loyola University Chicago computer containing the Social Security numbers of 5,800 students was discarded before its hard drive was erased, according to a letter from the school's chief information officer, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
Like IT managers across corporate America, campus IT managers are trying to solve the problem of securing removable storage devices in an open environment like a university.
A University of California, San Diego professor has warned that a massive expansion of Internet capacity is required in the United States to keep the economy from slowing down and possibly stalling.
With an $8,000 investment, Dartmouth's Department of Physics and Astronomy has set up the capability to provide video podcasts for courses that enable students to watch lectures they may have missed or that warrant review.
The largest of Wisconsin's technical schools, Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) will overhaul its document management systems using technology and services from Xerox (Stamford, CT) in a move that could save it roughly $3.5 million over the next five years.
Clear a little more shelf space at the college bookstore checkout stand: Memory product company Kingston Technology (Fountain Valley, CA) has kicked off a new line of 1 GB and 2 GB microSD "Collegiate" cards to let students, family, alumni, and faculty add fight songs, school logo wallpapers and other school content to their mobile phones.
Universities don't become headlines because a $2,000 computer is hacked or lost. They become headlines when sensitive information such as Social Security numbers, credit card numbers, and medical information is stolen. In terms of liability, the asset is not equipment; it is information.
Indiana University has signed an agreement to provide its home state government with back-up data center services. Representatives from the Indiana Office of Technology and IU said the deal will give the state a hot site that will enable IOT to continue operations for critical IT services should its primary center in Indianapolis become unavailable.