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WORKING WITH WIKIPEDIA. While some institutions may be considering a ban on Wikipedia ( as an acceptable source of academic information, Purdue University (IN) Assistant Professor of Communication Sorin Matei says nixing the online collaborative encyclopedia isn’t the answer: “Wikipedia is here to stay and, despite penalties, people are likely to continue using it.” Matei recommends using Wikipedia as a search engine and springboard to other resources, while staying on the lookout for possible errors and biases. Another wiki effort, Citizendium (, is aiming to improve on the Wikipedia model by adding “gentle expert oversight,” and requiring contributors to use their real names.

SCANNING FOR GOOGLE. Princeton University (NJ) will become the 12th major university to participate in Google’s project to scan the most famous literary works in the world and make them searchable over the internet. Princeton’s library system has agreed to digitize about 1 million books in the public domain.

A WIDE ARRAY. With the ambitious goal of providing WiFi powerful enough to function as the primary network for students and faculty, Brigham Young University-Idaho is deploying a Xirrus array that will handle voice, video, and data communications throughout the campus. Each unit in the array combines the wireless LAN switch, integrated access points, and a multi-sector antenna system in a disc-shaped device designed to speed deployment and adjustments for scalability.

PORTAL EVOLUTION. What do you do when you’ve got a great portal that works just fine? At Western Michigan University, you ask students and other users how to make it better. The GoWMU portal is a seamless integrated environment via which users have accessed enterprise applications since fall 2005. But faculty, staff, and students continue to shape its usability. Read more here.

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LAND OF THE APPLES: Wilkes University goes all-Mac.

ALL YOUR APPLES IN ONE BASKET? Over the next three years, Wilkes University (PA) will make the switch to become an all-Mac campus. Though nearly all of the university’s computer labs are currently Mac-centric, the commitment to replenish and upgrade existing computers will cost $1.4 million.


CIO TRANSITION FOR WAYNE STATE. CIO John Camp retired from Wayne State University (MI) in January, after 21 years in IT leadership positions there. (See CT’s interview with Camp, page 16 of our magazine.) WSU received numerous awards during Camp’s tenure as CIO, including Sun Microsystems’ designation as a Center of Excellence for Administrative Systems, and recognition as a 2006 Campus Technology Innovator. (To enter this year’s Innovators competition, see page 6 of our magazine.) Patrick Gossman has assumed the role of Wayne State’s interim CIO.

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