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John Wilkin, Jon Stroop, and Marvin Bielawski on Hathi Trust

John Wilkin at the University of Michigan, and Jon Stroop & Marvin Bielawski at Princeton University are helping HathiTrust to digitize and share the world's recorded knowledge using the combined effort of fifty institutions. HathiTrust is described on their web site at http://hathitrust.org as "a partnership of major research institutions and libraries working to ensure that the cultural record is preserved and accessible long into the future" and their mission is "to contribute to the common good by collecting, organizing, preserving, communicating, and sharing the record of human knowledge."

PULSe and Lynda.com - On Demand Training at Princeton University

PULSe - the Princeton University Learning Series is a new IT learning opportunity that supports many of the technologies OIT makes available. Faculty, staff, and students - anyone with a Princeton netID - can participate in the live Friday afternoon webinars or access recorded tutorials on available services such as SharePoint, Roxen, and WebSpace. PULSe maintains a presence on Twitter and Facebook where additional resources are shared. In this Productive Scholar session, you will be introduced to the site, its features, and the iLinc web conferencing system that is used to present the weekly webinars. Lynda.com is a California-based company that offers online training materials on popular software platforms, web applications, and consumer technology. Some are short introductions to a new technology or software package. Others are in-depth instructions on software applications or suites.

The New Blackboard 9: Finding Your Way

Ten years ago, Princeton adopted Blackboard as its course management system. During the past decade, the system has moved from serving a handful of courses to every course. What was an occasional convenience has...

Mobile Princeton is Coming: Get out Your Smartphones!

For reunions last year, OIT created a special web site tailored for the small mobile devices that are now proliferating in the marketplace, cell phones with web browsers, iPhones, Blackberries, and the like. The experiment...

e-Readers in the Classroom?

In the Fall term of 2009, Princeton conducted a pilot sponsored by the High Meadows Foundation, the University Library, and the Office of Information Technology, to assess the use of e-readers in the classroom. The...

High Performance Computing at Princeton - Spring 2010

Princeton University has created a cyberinfrastructure, says Curt Hillegas, the Director of Princeton's TIGRESS High Performance Computing and Visualization Center, itself a collaboration between the Princeton Institute for Computational Science and Engineering (PICSciE). Developed...

Smart Art: Database Tools for Research and Curation

For the past three decades, the Princeton University Art Museum and the Office of Information Technology have collaborated on many innovative projects. During the 1980s. the Piero Project produced a real time three-dimensional tour...

Digital Telephony at Princeton

Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) refers to a family of hardware and software technologies that deliver voice communications over the internet rather than the public, switched telephone network. To make it work, technologists have...

Blogs, Lulz and Tweets: Social Media Comes to Princeton

Why has the use of Facebook and other social networking sites exploded? Perhaps, suggest John Jameson and Shani Hilton of Princeton’s Office of Communications, because it is now possible to interact socially with very large...

Reassembling the Wall Paintings of Thera

Imagine trying to assemble a jigsaw puzzle without knowing the number of pieces or even what the final image might look like. The archaeological site of Akrotiri on the small, volcanic island of Thera...

Is Academia finally ready for Videoconferencing?

The current recession has persuaded institutions of higher education to look in new places for significant savings. And so, rather than flying cross country for a conference, imagine being able to take part in...

Backing Up's Not Hard to Do

You don’t have to be a fan of Sex in the City to know that it’s important to backup your data. If you have not seen this wonderful vignette, take a moment to see...

All Aboard! Teaching Engineering with Computerized Toys

Imagine being paid, or getting Princeton credit, for playing with trains and Legos™. For more than 25 years, Professor Michael G. Littman, of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton, has taught MAE 412 Microprocessors for...

Infrared Optical Sensing for Health and the Environment

The National Science Foundation has funded a multimillion-dollar Engineering Research Center based at Princeton University that is expected to revolutionize sensor technology, yielding devices that have a unique ability to detect minute amounts of chemicals...

Computational Intractability: A Barrier for Computers, Man, and Science

While computers are exponentially more powerful and increasingly important in both society and in every area of scholastic inquiry, modern computers appear to be incapable of solving certain problems. In recent decades, computer scientists have...

E-books: Princeton and Beyond

When e-books began to appear in the early 2000’s, there was speculation about the demise of the printed book. While that clearly did not come to pass, e-books have now become a staple of...

Google Earth & Sky

Google Earth and Maps are used extensively for instruction at Princeton because the products support a variety of media and can be used collaboratively. In their November 12 Lunch 'n Learn presentation, Bill Guthe and Ben Johnston demonstrated some of these applications.

OnTour @ The Peter B. Lewis Library: The Broadcast and New Media Centers

In addition to the Science Library, the new Peter B Lewis Library will contain a new OIT-operated Broadcast Center. The center’s HD video studio will assist University professors to be interviewed live on major...

Faculty Use of High Performance Computing

Faculty are taking full advantage of Princeton’s TIGRESS High-Performance Computing Center. Professor Jeroen Tromp, the Blair Professor of Geology and Professor of Applied & Computational Mathematics came to Princeton in July from Caltech. Among...

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