Tech Forum 2015 Poster Participants

OneIT@Iowa Projects

Presenters: OneIT Project Leaders and Managers

A series of posters will feature the 16 OneIT projects. Project representatives will be available to discuss and answer questions about each initiative.

  • IT Governance and Visibility Initiatives
  • Data Centers and Servers
  • Computer Networking
  • End-user Support
  • Identity Management
  • Classroom & Collaboration Space IT Support
  • Website Hosting
  • Electronic File Storage
  • Application Portfolio Management
  • Communication & Collaboration
  • Printing
  • High-Performance Computing
  • Procurement of Software and Hardware
  • Human Resources Processes
  • Business Intelligence (BI)
  • Project Management Office

Poster Title: "One-Stop Shop: Unifying Campus Research Data Services"

Presenters: Sara Scheib and Qianjin Zhang, University Libraries

The University Libraries provides research data services for students, faculty and researchers by building robust partnerships with service providers on campus. We established a Research Data Interest Group with representatives from Information Technology Services, Division of Sponsored Programs, and Iowa Informatics Initiatives to facilitate communication and coordinate services. Currently, our Research Data Interest Group can consult with researchers on data curation, publication, and preservation and provide assistance with writing data management plans in compliance with funding agency guidelines. We also provide research data management training and referrals to other campus partners for security, storage, analysis and visualization services. We would like to work with you to better serve students, faculty and researchers as they navigate an increasingly complex and rapidly-changing research data landscape.

Poster Title: "Lost in the Data Jungle: A Case Study for Organizing, Publishing, and Preserving Research Data"

Presenters: Sara Scheib and Marina Zhang, University Libraries

To explore good practices in data management services and establish a long-term partnership with faculty and researchers, the University of Iowa Libraries started a pilot case study for organizing and publishing research data. In this case study, we worked with a professor and her graduate students in the field of chemical and biochemical engineering to help organize and document their research data. In consideration of their specific data generation, collection, and analysis, a folder organization scheme was developed and applied to the professor’s data storage. As a result, the organized data is not only more accessible to the professor, her students, and collaborators but also makes sense to newcomers to the laboratory. In the future, we plan to guide the researchers through the process of depositing their manuscripts, associated data, and documentation into an institutional repository – Iowa Research Online for public access and preservation. We also plan to validate our organization scheme by sharing it with other faculty in the same field and expanding it to other fields. On our campus, this case study can be used as a best practice example to better support faculty and researchers throughout the research data life cycle.

Poster Title: "Building Resiliency @ Iowa"

Presenters: Megan Hammes, MS, MCHES, Manager of UI Wellness, University Human Resources Nicole Studt, MBA, Manager of the Family Services Office, University Human Resources Maggie Moore, L.I.S.W., Director of Faculty and Staff Services/EAP, University Human Resources

Resilience is defined as the ability to effectively respond to challenges and move forward in a positive way. Today more than ever, resilience is a skill that is needed in the workplace. Highly resilient people cope well with adversity and learn valuable lessons from challenging experience. Staff from the Organizational Effectiveness departments of Faculty and Staff Services/Employee Assistance Program, Family Services Office, and UI Wellness have distilled key points that are offered to faculty and staff at UI in the form of skill-building workshops for teams and departments and in short videos. Visit the poster session to learn about these resources, talk with the staff delivering them, and grab some handouts and giveaways to take back to your colleagues. 

Poster Title: "Canvas Pilot"

Presenters: Dave Long, Scott Sulzer, Vicky Maloy

ICON, the UI's current learning management system (LMS), uses Desire2Learn as the core part of the system. Course-level tools (content, grades, dropbox, etc.) are part of Desire2Learn’s software. Canvas offers similar tools that Desire2Learn offers, as well as some tools that Desire2Learn does not offer, such as a speed grader tool for instructors, better display options for mobile devices, and flexibility in integrating third party tools and systems. To help determine if Canvas is right for the UI, we are planning pilots for the Summer 2015, Fall 2015, and Spring 2016 semesters. Each semester can have up to 10 instructors and 2,500 students involved with trying out and assessing Canvas.

Poster Title: "Research Computing" 

Presenter: Sai Kumar Ramadugu

The Research Services group provides variety of services to researchers such as high-performance computing (HPC), research data storage/backups, user consultation and big data analytics services (Hadoop), large-scale bioinformatics and genomics services (Galaxy) at the UI. 

Poster Title: Institutional Data Users Group

Presenter: Brenda Ulin

The Institutional Data Users Group will foster appropriate use of institutional data; demonstrate University Data Warehouse features and functionality; encourage networking between institutional data stewards and users; share tips, tricks, techniques, and best practices; and provide a forum to share and solicit enhancements.

Poster Title: "High-Performance Computing"

Presenters: Glenn Johnson, Sai Ramadugu

​High performance computing (HPC) clusters at the University of Iowa are headed by Research Services team. Research Services at the university maintains two cluster computers, Helium and Neon. Together, these two clusters consist of about 7,600 cores with accelerators that enable researchers perform various kinds of computation, ranging from social sciences to biomedical research. HPC has a large user base that includes researchers from 70 different departments.