With Microsoft offering free Windows 10 upgrades to current owners of Windows 7 and 8, Information Technology Services (ITS) has received questions about this new operating system and our plans for the future. ITS currently recommends that individuals do not install Windows 10 if they are prompted to do so on a college-owned machine. Until thorough testing of Windows 10 functionality with College resources has been completed, ITS will continue to install and support Windows 7 on college-owned computers. Windows 10 will be made available on campus computers later on, after any significant issues are resolved and important supporting documentation has been updated.
As we put Windows 10 through its paces, our observations, known issues, and training resources will be gathered for convenient access. Visit http://go/win10 for the latest information.
Interested in a peek at what lies ahead? Check out this brief lynda.com course, Windows 10 New Features (~ 40 minutes).
Current students, faculty, and staff members at Middlebury and at Monterey now have access to Oxford’s newest language dictionary – Portuguese!
Find thousands of translations from Portuguese into and out of English on the Oxford Dictionaries site, and visit our blog to learn more about Portuguese language and culture.
As of July 2015, Middlebury has adopted Qualtrics as its on-line survey platform for faculty, students and staff.
Qualtrics is currently considered the industry-leading provider of online survey software.
It is already being used by members of Middlebury as well as in other educational institutions for administrative, academic and research purposes. For example, Amherst, Bowdoin, Colby, Hamilton, Pomona, and Wesleyan are among peer institutions that offer site wide access to Qualtrics.
It offers powerful features, such as 90 different question types, the ability to add multimedia to surveys and panel management that set it apart from KeySurvey, our current software.
Finally, the switch resulted in significant savings for the College.
Our previous survey platform, KeySurvey, will be available until the end of September and users are strongly encouraged to export their surveys and data before September 30th.
To create a Qualtrics account and learn how to transition from KeySurvey to Qualtrics, go to http://mediawiki.middlebury.edu/wiki/LIS/Qualtrics or contact Bill Koulopoulos (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Middlebury College is retiring the Bombay print server on August 3, 2015, as it is incompatible with our current 64-bit operating systems. Bombay has been replaced by a new print server named Walnut that has all of the same print queues on it.
ITS has worked with the majority of people who were connecting to the old server but if you have been away from campus you may experience an interruption in printing services until you move from Bombay to Walnut printers. If needed, refer to the steps below to restore printing. If you have any questions or need further assistance, please contact the Helpdesk at 802.443.2200 or via email to email@example.com.
Faculty, staff, and students at the Middlebury campuses in both Vermont and Monterey now have access to the E-Library of the International Monetary Fund.
The International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) eLibrary simplifies analysis and research with direct access to the IMF’s periodicals, books, working papers and studies. In addition to nearly 14,000 of the IMF’s publications, the E-Library includes access to data and statistical tools such as International Financial Statistics, Direction of Trade Statistics, and more – click the “IMF DATA” link at the top:
The Middlebury Libraries recently subscribed to the Public Opinion Archives of the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research. This vast trove of data from public opinion surveys is one of the world’s leading archives of social science data, focused on surveys conducted by the news media and commercial polling firms. Most of the surveys in the Roper Center were conducted on national samples, but there are also some state and local surveys, as well as a number of surveys of special populations of interest.
You can easily search all of the data in the archive through the iPoll interface and even download complete datasets. iPoll is organized at the question level, providing the tools to sift through nearly a half million questions asked on national public opinion surveys, 1935 to present. Our subscription includes RoperExpress (offers downloads of over 20,000 datasets from over 100 countries to use with statistical software to conduct bivariate and multivariate analysis) and Roper Explorer (online analysis of several hundred studies allowing cross-tabulations without specialized statistical software). More details on coverage. To download datasets, register to create an account and agree to their terms about confidentiality, data reuse, and more.
There are some unique and important aspects of our license agreement that, If you are a researcher who may use entire datasets, you need to be aware of :
- Neither the Member Institution nor Users may re-disseminate any Roper Center documentation or data obtained from the Roper Center outside of the Member Institution. However, researchers who are actively collaborating with individuals at non-member institutions may provide a copy of relevant data sets to their collaborators solely for their private use in connection with and for the duration of the project, after which they will return or destroy such material. Researchers are advised to obtain a written agreement from such collaborators to abide by the foregoing requirements.
- Neither Roper Center data nor any tool, application or other application that works with such data may be placed on any web site without the prior express written permission, which the Roper Center may grant, deny or condition in its sole discretion.
- Users may create aggregated analyses, compilations or derivative works using data available from the Roper Center for their own scholarly research and teaching purposes, but may not use any of the data to develop a database, database service (online or otherwise), automated data or text mining applications, or other information resource in any medium (print, electronic or otherwise, now existing or developed in the future) for use by others. Authorized Users who create such derivative works, subsets of data or applications and wish to share access should contact the Roper Center to archive their materials with the Center to make them available to the research community. The Roper Center may agree or decline to do so in its sole discretion.
Roper also provides educational material for using their tools and learning the basics about polling and analysis.
Users of Adobe’s “Creative Cloud” products (formerly Creative Suite) may have noticed that in the Creative Cloud dashboard, there’s a prompt to “Update” any installed products to the CC 2015 editions. Although normally we recommend keeping software up-to-date, this is a major new version that comes with a few issues:
- There have been some reports of instability with the new software as compared to the 2014 editions.
- After updating from the CC dashboard, the license will not be recognized and the software will be in “trial mode”. This is an unfortunate side effect of the way Adobe does enterprise licensing.
At this point, our general recommendation is to stick with the 2014 version of your Adobe apps. We will update this post with more information as we test the new versions and establish a smooth upgrade path. In the meantime, those who wish to update to the 2015 editions (including “Adobe Acrobat Pro DC”), or have already done so, should make sure all new software that you want is installed, then update the license file. To do this, please do the following:
- Mac users should go to Self Service and run “Adobe CC 2015 License”.
- Windows users should submit a ticket with the MIDD number (on the blue sticker) of the computer in question, requesting to have the Adobe license updated.
If you have any questions, please contact the Helpdesk at 802.443.2200 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
Information Technology Services
Online access to local papers can be difficult and confusing. Here’s a rundown of how you can read the Rutland Herald (and Barre Times-Argus) online, right now*, at Middlebury College.
- Today’s Rutland Herald:
- rutlandherald.com: If you click on a link on one of the newspaper’s main pages to “read more,” you will probably see the statement: Middlebury College Library offers FREE access to the Rutland Herald and the Times Argus. Underneath that, you are asked to provide an email and password. Enter your email address and provide a password to create your own individual account. You will then receive confirmation of the creation of your account on the webpage as well as in an email message. You will then be able to see the entire news story and other content as long as you are logged in. This username and password will work every time you log in to the newspaper website (assuming you have verified your status by either being on campus or logging in to the EZ-Proxy server).
- You can also read it in print in the Harman Periodical Reading Area on the Lower Level of Davis Family Library
- Past issues:
- From one month ago to today: In the upper-right corner of any page of rutlandherald.com, click “e-Paper.” You can log in here using your personal credentials that you established as described above. Using the “Back Issues” pull-down menu near the top, you can see online versions of the last month’s worth of issues.
- From January 1, 2010 to one month ago: After clicking the e-Paper link described above, in the left-hand frame, choose “Search the Archives”
- Previous to 2010: At this time, issues of the Rutland Herald between 1853 and 2010 are only available on microfilm – film number 27. Issues from 1850-1852 are available courtesy of the Library of Congress at Chronicling America.
*Note that these details will change over time. We will update this post as needed. You can always land at this page by searching go/journals for Rutland Herald and choosing the link called “Middlebury’s Rutland Herald”