Library Journal article about “the launch of OldNYC.org, a website that overlays photo locations on a Google Maps interface, enabling visitors to explore the collection by zooming, dragging, and clicking their way around an online map of the city.” Not only is this interesting to see, it could be useful for students interested in seeing old NYC architecture. Also discusses a similar project for San Francisco.
From Remote-Learner, our Moodle Host:
http://moodle.middlebury.edu has been scheduled for Production Upgrade at 01:00 EDT on 5-JUN-2015.
Your site may be unavailable for up to 120 minutes while this action occurs.
- WordPress: We’ve replaced the broken XML-Google-Maps and GeoMashup plugins with the more-supported OSM (Open Street Map) plugin. The OSM plugin allows you to display geo-tagged posts on a map as well as embed maps based on GPX or KML data-files. For users of the two removed plugins, we’ve already converted your sites to using OSM.
- Drupal webform 7.x-4.9
- WordPress CM Tooltip Glossary 3.1.5
- WordPress Email Users 4.7.5
- WordPress FeedWordPress 2015.0514
- WordPress NextGen Gallery 2.1.0
- WordPress Post Types Order 1.7.9
- WordPress qTranslate X 3.3
- WordPress Redirection 2.3.16
- WordPress Subscribe2 10.19.0
- WordPress WPtouch 3.7.8
Tweaks and Fixes
- The WordPress plugin Dropdown Menu Widget was fixed so that it uses the edit_theme_options permission, which is available to site Administrators, to determine who can use its settings interface, rather than the edit_themes permission, which made it only usable by Network Administrators.
- The Bread Loaf Writers’ Conferences site was updated with a new header image and to use the new Middlebury identity system in its footer.
- The Center for Social Entrepreneurship site was updated to use the new Middlebury identity system and to correct an alignment issue with the image gallery.
An exciting example of where a liberal arts education can take you: the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai has a program to enroll liberal arts students who “show promise for developing into compassionate and humanistic physicians” (Mt. Sinai, 2015). In an NPR article, Dr. David Muller, the dean of the school, asserts that “[s]cience is the foundation of an excellent medical education, but a well-rounded humanist is best suited to make the most of that education.” Read the NPR article here
http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/05/27/407967899/a-top-medical-school-revamps-requirements-to-lure-english-majors or jump straight to the program page at Mt. Sinai here https://icahn.mssm.edu/departments-and-institutes/psychiatry/newsletter/humanities-and-medicine-early-assurance-program-at-mount-sinai-accepts-liberal-arts-students-into-medical-school
Einstein’s papers now digitized and online!
During our regular maintenance window this Sunday, May 31st we have the following activities scheduled:
- We will be upgrading the border firewalls at the Vermont campus. This has the potential to impact all Internet connectivity as well as the VPN connection to the Monterey campus. The firewall is setup in a highly-available configuration which should help keep service outage to a minimum.
We appreciate your patience as we continuously strive to keep our systems functioning optimally.
ITS – Central Systems & Network Services
The following information is relevant to anyone who uses Key Survey to create and distribute surveys, as well as survey respondents.
From: WorldAPP Customer Care
Sent: Thursday, May 28, 2015 1:02 PM
Subject: WorldAPP Maintenance Notification
Key Survey & Form.com will be undergoing maintenance between 1am and 3am EDT on Sunday, 31st May.
As part of our commitment to enhance our services and improve reliability, we need to schedule a short maintenance period this weekend to replace some elements of our production environment.
During the maintenance period both the Form.com and Key Survey applications will be unavailable, with respondents directed to a maintenance page.
Further information and updates will be posted to our community pages.
WorldAPP Customer Care Team
- There is now a “Log Out” link in the GO administration interface.
- A permalink to the latest “This week @ MIIS” newsletter now exists.
- We have added the WordPress OpenStreetMap plugin. We had several Google Maps plugins installed, but they had some issues because the plugin authors hadn’t updated them to support the latest version of the Google Maps API. The OSM plugin is better maintained and doesn’t tie us to a proprietary API.
- We have added the WordPress Rokophoto-lite theme.
- The Searchable Course Catalog and Course Hub both now provide support for MIIS Language and Professional Programs (including ESL courses) and undergraduate Summer-Study courses. Courses in these programs can now build online course materials.
Our colleagues at MIIS have put together a really nice quick-start guide to editing their Drupal site, including some fun video tutorials. While some of this is specific to the MIIS site, much of it also applies to the Middlebury Drupal site. We’ll be “borrowing” some of this content to improve our documentation.
- Drupal monster_menus 7.x-1.20
- Drupal select_or_other 7.x-2.22: Minor release to correct an issue where the textfield that allows you to enter a value when selecting the “Other” option on forms was required, but hidden.
- WordPress Jetpack 3.5.3: Among other things, this corrected an issue where the Facebook share button wasn’t working.
Tweaks and Fixes
- The site for the MIIS Center for Social Impact Learning has been redesigned to fit in with the rest of the MIIS site and the header features a custom wordmark logo for the program.
- The MIIS website now has the canonical name of the organization in the site header using JSON-LD microdata format to let search engines know which name to use when displaying links to the site on search results pages. This is something we’ll be rolling out to the Middlebury Drupal sites shortly as well.
- News stories on the MIIS site use a new set of custom designed social media icons, which will also soon appear in the site footer. Additionally, moving your mouse over the email icon no longer automatically opens a pop-up, you have to manually click on the icon.
- The Middlebury wordmark in MiddMedia‘s height and width have been adjusted to support the new identity graphic.
- We’ve added support for embedding Salesforce Pardot forms from learn.middlebury.edu on the Drupal sites using the new [iframe URL] shortcode.
We are thrilled to introduce a new series, From the College Archives, curated by Josh Kruskal, ’15. In the weeks of his last semester, Josh, a prized Special Collections staff member, scoured 200 years of Middlebury Kaleidoscopes in search of historic and day-to-day moments. In Josh’s inaugural post: Commencement. In his photo essays to come, look for themes such as Students and Their Dogs, Downtown Middlebury, Halloween Costumes, and many more. Congratulations Josh, and enjoy…