Information, Technology & Consulting


Interface is an ongoing series of features about information technology at Dartmouth, the people of ITS, and how we work with the college's many information systems. Learn what it's like to be a freshman barred from having a cell phone on a first-year trip. Peek inside the framework of Dartmouth's many, many sites. See how our past experiences inform what we do here.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - 6:13pm

Since Dartmouth's Computer Store opened its new location in McNutt Hall's basement this past spring, Purchasing & Sales Associate Erik Wagstaff has seen trends in ultra-book style laptops such as Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display and the Dell XPS and Latitude E6430U series. He also notes tablet lines are  picking up, with more customers leaning toward the iPad mini than the traditional-sized device.

It's no surprise that MacBooks and iPads fly off the shelves. But some of the Computer Store's other popular items might surprise you. Below, Erik gives a run-down of The...

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - 3:27pm

By Steve Nyman
Dartmouth's Chief Information Security Officer

Computing Services is dedicated to providing high performing IT systems and support to the Dartmouth community.  We are also committed to ensuring our colleagues are safe in the event of an on-campus emergency.

Consistent with Dartmouth’s Emergency Planning Group guidance and the various safety programs managed by Safety and Security, Computing Services has an up-to-date Emergency Plan, with organization and instructions for our staff to cope with emergencies, including immediate evacuation of our offices,...

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 3:07pm

On a recent trip home, my mother referenced a previous conversation we'd had about my job at Dartmouth.

“Now, who was that lady who was helping you with your computer?”

“Do you mean Lynda?” I said.

My mom was right, in a way. I had been learning from Lynda, but more specifically, I’d been following one of the nearly 2,000 online courses offers on its website.

Lynda tutorials cover topics from architecture to web graphics—all taught by industry experts.

I had known about Lynda for a while and was excited when Dartmouth Computing Services began...

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013 - 5:27pm

Learning management systems (LMS) have become a critical teaching and learning tool on most university campuses, and draw much publicity in the higher education sector. Dartmouth is no different—we have been using Blackboard for well over a decade; by now most courses have a Blackboard presence.

In July 2012, a project, dubbed "Learning 21" or "L21" was launched to evaluate whether Blackboard is still the right choice for Dartmouth going forward. The project's steering committee examined several LMS products in addition to Blackboard, and quickly narrowed the choice down to the most...

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - 3:37pm

I'm a software engineer in ITS' research computing group, where I help students and faculty with their computational research. One of the best parts of my job is the variety of research that I work with. Examples include writing programs to help patients with back problems decide on their course of treatment, and helping students visualize the complexities of stellar evolution. It is fun and very satisfying to use technology to help people do more and better research—this could involve parallelizing a program so it runs...

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 6:39pm

If you need to promote an event or document historical materials, Computing Services' Media Production Group can help.

We sat down to talk to Associate Director Mike Murray about the Media Production Group’s projects and process.

Who’s on the Media Production team?

We’ve got three people who’ve got a considerable amount of experience in this field from very different backgrounds. I’m a film school grad, our Producer/Videographer Dan Maxell-Crosby is a Dartmouth grad with film and television studies, and our Senior Producer/Videographer Jay Beaudoin is from a...

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - 7:03pm

You may have asked yourself: What are RSS feeds, exactly—and why should I use them?

RSS, short for Really Simple Syndication, is a way of distributing content from one website or blog to a news aggregator (also termed news reader and RSS reader). RSS content can also be syndicated across websites: if you have a blog associated with a website, you can use RSS to have blog updates automatically appear on your website’s homepage.

Christina Dulude, Information Architect/User Experience Designer in Dartmouth Computing Services, is an RSS feed fan. She sees the advantage of having...

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 7:07pm

Elijah is a Database Administrator who joined the DBA team this past December for a six-month Structured Query Language (SQL) Server consolidation project. He recently redesigned the backup environment for SQL databases and is now building a cluster to consolidate the number of servers Dartmouth uses to run them. After the projects wraps up, he looks forward to playing a role managing Computing Services' Oracle database environment.

Elijah was named Exemplar Extraordinaire at the winter quarterly Computing Services meeting. "His attitude is always positive and he is always willing...

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013 - 5:18pm

by Steve Nyman
Chief Information Security Officer

iPhones and Droids are lost and stolen every day. Let’s face it, even though our lives are stored on them, most people don’t protect the personal information stored on their phones.

Think about the data on your phone. Every personal contact, access to your social media accounts, bank account, various websites where you shop, passwords and personally identifiable information, perhaps even your social security number or access codes to various online services. You use this incredibly convenient device all day, every day,...

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - 7:14pm

Computing Services' Research Computing division helps Dartmouth scholars and researchers use computing to reach their academic goals by providing software, hardware, consulting, and training.

Research Computing provides

  • Data support: Provide data management services including data storage, sharing, and access via web interfaces and support for off-site collaborators
  • Software Support: Provide technical support for software applications and install software as requested
  • Computational Resources: Provide...
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