Council on Academic Computing
September 22, 2003
with CSSD to provide guidance on matters related to web access by disabled
to investigate how new technological devices and processes
can be used to enhance the security of University networks.
how the University can satisfy the needs of both the academic community
and the individual researcher over the next five to ten years.
Computing Connection Applications that
will encourage sof
REPORT FROM COMPUTING
SERVICES AND SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT
Jinx Walton, Director of Computing Services
and Systems Development (CSSD), discussed issues related to copyright
infringement and computer viruses. CSSD
placed posters in the University’s residence halls warning students of the
consequences of downloading and distributing copyrighted material. CSSD expended significant effort cleaning
viruses from students’ computers at the beginning of the fall term.
Electronic resources also were discussed. University bandwith
has doubled to two 160 megabyte links to the Internet (one for the residence
halls and one for the remainder of the University). Wireless internet access is being or will be
installed in David Lawrence Hall and some Cathedral of Learning and Posvar Hall classrooms.
Three hundred new machines were installed in the University’s computer
Other issues were also discussed:
- Increasing use of University
- Use of e-mail kiosks
(approximately 1700 uses per day)
- Distribution of
of the faculty and student portals
Members of the Council also discussed the University’s
proposed Center for National Preparedness and the state-wide consortium
entitled the Keystone Alliance. The
Center is to be the focal point of homeland security research and education at
the University. The Keystone Alliance is
a consortium of CMU, Penn, Penn State, and Pitt devoted to intra-state
cooperation in homeland security research and education.