Author: Ellen Pengelly

College license for GitHub.com

github.comWhat’s changing?

With immediate effect, ICT is pleased to announce that all College users of GitHub.com are now entitled to create unlimited free, public or private, code repositories, under a new site licence secured by ICT for the College.

GitHub.com is an externally-supported, cloud-based version control repository that is used by researchers, teaching staff, students and software developers for versioning and collaborating on code, both publicly and privately. It offers the functionality of Git (an open source version control system) with additional user features. GitHub.com is an externally-supported cloud service and anyone may set up a user account.

What this means

Imperial College users are entitled to the following, for no charge:

  • To create unlimited free public or private repositories within Github.com
  • To move existing ‘paid-for’ repositories to the College license
  • Use a range of add-on tools and integrations are freely available from GitHub
  • As a later phase, an on-premises version of GitHub, known as GitHub Enterprise, will also become available, for code that needs to meet stricter security conditions. This is targeted for Spring/Summer 2017.

Find out more

For more information about GitHub.com and how to access free private repositories, visit:

https://www.imperial.ac.uk/admin-services/ict/self-service/research-support/research-support-systems/github/

Support/Contact

If you have any concerns in advance of this change, contact the ICT Service Desk who will be happy to help.

Anyone experiencing problems with accessing or using IT services and machines should contact the ICT Service Desk (0207 594 9000, Ext 49000), Dept IT Reps, or your local Faculty Support teams.

Office365 to be rolled out to staff and PG research students

office365The College has recently successfully completed roll-out of cloud-based e-mail accounts (on Office365) for the student community here at Imperial. Following on from this, the next few months will see a similar migration programme for the e-mail accounts belonging to College postgraduate research students and staff here at the College.

This migration of email accounts to the Cloud is but the first in a series of steps as we move towards a full deployment of Office 365. The new accounts will offer significantly more storage capacity (50Gb) – but this is not the main motivation for this change. More significant is that it lays the foundations for what will be a transformational platform that will enable us to move ever closer towards a truly Virtual Office.

Future benefits will include, for example, the ability to create videoconferences on demand or for teams to work collaboratively on a document in real-time, no matter where they are located. Staff and Students will be able to connect from anywhere and at any time using whichever device they prefer – whether it is smartphone, tablet, laptop or PC. Office will be fully functional on any device.

Over the next few months, staff and postgraduate research students will receive detailed e-mails individually explaining what will happen for their own accounts as the migration programme rolls-out. However, if you would like further information please contact Ellen Pengelly, Digital Partner for the Faculty of Medicine, ICT.

Dr Ellen Pengelly
Digital Business Partner – Faculty of Medicine
Service Strategy & Planning
Information & Communications Technology

Read more about the roll-out and get answers to FAQs on Imperial’s ICT website at: www.imperial.ac.uk/ict/email-migration

College-wide access to lynda.com

I am writing to you to let you know about College access to lynda.com, a high quality video training site for IT, business skills and general interests which may be of interest to your Faculty. The College has purchased a one year license for all College staff, renewable depending on take-up.

What is lynda.com?

lynda.comlynda.com provides a vast online library of instructional videos covering the latest software, creative, and business skills. Taught by accomplished teachers and recognised industry experts, lynda.com is a high-quality resource for Students and Staff looking to develop skills in Microsoft Office, the Adobe Creative Suite, Project Management, Personal Development, Social Media and a wide range of other topics. With more than 3,000 courses and more added every week, lynda.com is designed for all learning abilities and is available whenever you’re ready to learn. You can even view it on your iPhone, iPad, Android phone or tablet, or other mobile device.

Access

Access is via College user accounts for both staff and students. If you already have a lynda.com account, you can merge this with your College account.
Go to lynda.com via the ICT website for more information on the service and to provide feedback.

Support

lynda.com have offered to provide sessions on the product if you or your colleagues would like to understand more about it and how it can be used. If you would like more information please contact me at e.pengelly@imperial.ac.uk. If you have any concerns or problems with usage or access, please contact the ICT Service Desk.

Dr Ellen Pengelly
Digital Business Partner – Faculty of Medicine
Service Strategy & Planning
Information & Communications Technology