UF's Peer2Peer Effort:
- March 25, 2003 - Notes from the Peer2Peer #3
(contributed by Steve Lasley)
- I was pleased to see a number of other ICCers there: David
Bauldree, Benjamin Beach, Tom Hintz, Dwight Jesseman, and Earl Sloan. I'm
sure they can chime in if I miss anything or have something wrong. The
agenda (see http://www.it.ufl.edu/training/peer2peer) included talks on the
new UF web portal, the UF Directory, and Best Practices for secure OS
- Mike Conlin previewed the features of the new "my.UF" web portal.
Details of that project can be found at http://www.bridges.ufl.edu/portal.
This new service goes live this coming Monday in a "quiet" rollout. This
portal will give UF faculty, staff, students and other affiliates a single
point of contact for accessing UF services (although initially those
services will be quite limited to begin with, until more of ERP rolls out).
The portal can be somewhat customized to the needs of each user and is meant
to allow access to things based on your role in UF. The site will also
publish time-dependent news items based on a simple author and publisher
model. Training on this aspect can be accessed via
http://www.bridges.ufl.edu/training. BTW, the ERP project is now called UF
Bridges and the main website for this project is now
- Warren Curry discussed the UF Directory project
(http://www.it.ufl.edu/projects/directory), how it provides an identity, and
how it can serve and enable future information projects such as the ERP.
(BTW, Active Directory and the broker was not discussed, but I flagged it as
a request for an upcoming workshop on my evaluation sheer.) There are over a
million records currently in the Directory. I believe he said that everyone
that has been on the payroll since 1984 is in there as well as all students
since 1977. The information is currently kept in a DB2 database, but will be
eventually rolled into the ERP database which will become its future home.
Warren discussed affiliations and roles. Karen Nabitsky, also with the
Directory project, discussed Gatordex (see
http://www.it.ufl.edu/projects/directory/apps.shtml) an application that
allows folks to maintain certain parts of their own Directory information.
This will be integrated with the upcoming portal.
- Jordan Wiens discussed OS installation best practices. He has posted the
essential details of this talk at
http://net-services.ufl.edu/security/admins/build.shtml. This is a very good
cross-platform resource that is worth a look from everyone. Jordans talk is available
- This was the most interesting and useful Peer-2-Peer that I have
attended to-date. I hope it is indicative of future workshops. Please be
aware that they are looking for topics and presenters. Should you be
interested in presenting or have a topic that you would like to cover,
contact them at IT-Training@lists.ufl.edu. Certain of the materials from
this and past Peer-2-Peer workshops are posted
- March 28, 2002 - Notes from the Peer2Peer KickOff
(contributed by Steve Lasley)
This was the first of what is planned to be a 3-times-a-year deal.
There were five presentations, summarized following...
- NERDC's Marie Dence and Vicki Kitts solicited input on how to structure
and implement peer IT training at UF. They offered various formats, such as
lectures, brown-bag lunches, study groups, ad hoc seminars and classes. Then
they attempted to get volunteers to organize such groups on various topics.
This program would be great for someone with special expertise that they
wanted to share. They did mention the possibility of working within DOCE for
those who wished monetary reward for contributions. The suggestion perhaps
most pertinent to the ICC was for study groups for certification preparation.
- Marie Dence and CIRCA's Fran McDonell discussed and distributed a handout
on the Office of Information Technology (OIT) - IT Staff Services Resources.
There were numerous links to support sites. (I will put a link to them once
they are posted.) Lots of goods stuff, but much that most will already know.
- Marie Dence gave a Software Copyright Issues and Awareness talk.
for policy, guidelines and training materials regarding software. She stressed that we support
people should document some effort at educating our users as self-protection.
There is a copyright reference page at
http://web.uflib.ufl.edu/admin/Copyright.htm, and DMCA is covered at
- Kathy Bergsma presented on the new
UF IT Security Policy.
The links she used are available at
http://net-services.ufl.edu/security/peer-training. There is a lot of
information about which all ICC'ers should be aware. Spending some time
at these sites is highly recommended. There are deadlines already in place
for preparing written documentation at the unit (in our case, IFAS) level.
I believe written policy and procedure documents must be ready by the end of
this year and a written business resumption plan by March of next. There is
also unit resource documentation required. Templates for developing these
- Dr. Helal of Computer Science discussed a project in which he is involved
that is developing wireless compterized aids to allow the elderly to live at home
http://www.harris.cise.ufl.edu/projects.htm). Matt Grover discussed the
UF Wireless Campus Project
which is well-documented online. Very cool stuff--something we will all be
dealing with before long.