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Respecting Privacy, Safeguarding Data, Enabling Trust – CONFERENCE REGISTRATION

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Join us for Data Privacy Day, February 19, 2014, 1:00 - 5:00 pm as Dalhousie University again hosts a half-day conference focused on privacy.   Come and learn how to protect your privacy and why it matters.

To accommodate growing attendance and interest in this topic we have moved the location to the Ondaatje Hall, Marion McCain Arts and Social Sciences Building, 6135 University and slightly changed the structure of the day to still provide networking opportunities.

We are very pleased to have Chantal Bernier, acting Privacy Commissioner of Canada, and Tracy Ann Kosa, Senior Strategist at Microsoft, as our opening and closing keynotes.

Additional speakers include Carrie Gates, Dalhousie alumnus and Chief Scientist at Dell and Graham McWaters, Canada’s leading expert on identity theft protection.

Register Now!  Visit:  The low cost registration (free to students) is required and includes a mid-afternoon networking break with refreshments plus eligibility for door prizes.  The event is open to all members of the public.

Dalhousie has championed Data Privacy Day since it began in 2008. For more information visit StaySafeOnline

IT Information, News You Can Use

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Wondering what’s new in IT this year?  Have you signed up for Dal Alert, the university’s text messaging alert system for unpredictable events such as significant campus closures (snow days!)?


Are you aware of what is appropriate (and inappropriate) use of University network and computing resources?  Want to find out the best ways to keep your information safe?


What about other tips, like how to send large or multiple files?  Or what software is available for “free” for staff and faculty members.


Answers to these questions and more are available in  IT Information, News You Can Use.


Need assistance, contact the Help Desk  at, or phone 494-2376. Call, click or walk in.


Just another iPhone upgrade?

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Any day now, iPhone and iPad users will get a familiar notice that indicates new operating software is available, would you like to upgrade?

Learn more at Fresh Air Program, Beyond the Shadows

This is worth paying attention to for a few reasons.

First, this defines an incredible strategy of  keeping so many users on their most current software.  Most iPhone and iPad users will quickly download and upgrade the software without giving it much thought.  There is implicit trust in Apple.  They will remain on the leading edge and their iPhone will suddenly have a new look and feel to it again.  Or, they do it simply because the little magical device prompted them to.  If only we, in universities, could maintain such software currency with ease, trust and familiarity.

Second, who’s going to complain?  Apple has figured it out.  Give the users reminder tweaks, and while some may opt not to upgrade right away, resistance is futile.  Why wouldn’t you?  It’s so easy.

And third, this particular upgrade will have some paradigm shifts in the presentation of the icons and their views on the small screen.  Some users will need to spend a little time with it and get used to new features.

And they say at the end of the short radio piece, “most people shouldn’t have a problem finding their way around the new software.”

Let’s see.


Microsoft Retires Support of Windows XP, April 2014

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Microsoft has announced that as of April, 2014, all support for the Windows XP operating system will be retired.

Consequently, and to prepare departments currently relying on these older computers, ITS advise it will no longer support Windows XP computers as of September 2013.   Any Windows XP computers will have a DNR (do not resuscitate) status.


At the end of March, 2014, all computers with Microsoft XP will need to be removed from the university network.

Here’s why. When Microsoft announces retired support for an operating system, security updates will no longer be sent. That will pose an unacceptable security threat to our network.

In anticipation, ITS will begin the process of helping departments identify and transition from Windows XP in the coming months. This planning will include an identification of XP computers, options for replacement and leasing options.

Departments with a significant number of XP computers will be contacted by Client Services in the coming months,  but if you would like more info or to start, please call Client Services at 494-3834, or email us at


Microsoft Office 2013 – Now Available to Faculty and Staff

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As part of Dalhousie University’s site license for commonly used Microsoft products, the latest version of Microsoft Office is now available. Our license allows for installation of this product on any university owned or leased computer system (student-owned computers are not eligible).


Office 2013 is a recommended upgrade for those running Windows 7 as it will align visually with Microsoft Office 365 which is being rolled out this summer to enhance email, calendar, unified communications and collaboration services on campus. For more information on Office 365 you can visit .


 To obtain a copy of Microsoft Office:

  • Visit
  • Authenticate with your NetID and password
  • Choose the product you want
  • Download and install on your computer

Note: Office 2013 is not compatible with Windows XP or Vista. Your computer will need to be running Windows 7 or higher to use this program.


If you have any further questions regarding this product, please contact the Help Desk at or phone 494-2376.


Microsoft for New Email and Calendar at Dalhousie!

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Dalhousie University has finalized an agreement with Microsoft to provide email, calendar and other services to the university community through its Office 365 for Education platform.

  • What does this mean for you?
  • What does this mean for the University?
  • What’s next?

Visit Dal News and the Dal Office 365 website to learn more!  Our team is excited to work with you in implementing this exciting next phase in Dal’s IT services.


Privacy is Everyone’s Concern – Data Privacy Day 2013

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Does identity theft concern you?  What about the other digital footprints we are leaving in the form of social media posts, purchase histories, and even medical records?  Where are we headed with privacy and can, or should, we do anything?

Join us for Data Privacy Day, January 30, 2013, 12:00 – 4:30 p.m.  McInnes Room, SUB as Dalhousie University will again be hosting a half-day conference focusing on topics for data privacy and protection.

We are very pleased to have Jill Clayton, Alberta’s Information and Privacy Commissioner and Simon Davies, Founder and former Director General of Privacy International (UK) as our keynote speakers.

Additional speakers include Dwight Fischer, Assistant Vice President & CIO, Dalhousie University; Peter Morin, Bell Aliant and John Bullock from Dalhousie.

Register Now! Visit: (Registration includes a light lunch)

A reception for registrants of the conference will follow from 4:30 – 6:30.  Here you will get a chance to meet the privacy commissioner as well as other presenters.  Once you have registered for the conference, please remember to email if you plan to attend the reception.

Reduction in Telephone Books = More Trees + Less Waste!

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Dalhousie University is phasing out the ordering and distribution of Bell Aliant’s white and yellow page directory.  This supports the University’s sustainability goals.

100% online will:

  • Eliminate the need to produce the directories
  • Eliminate the need to truck/deliver the directories
  • Eliminate the need to truck/recycle old directories
  • Reduce the CO2 footprint
  • Reduce global warming

Do you part by using the online and

Only a handful of copies of the 2013 publication will be available in the spring through ITS.  For more information, contact Networks.Systems@Dal.Ca


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Congratulations to ITS for winning this year’s Healthy Workpace Award!

This prize recognizes departments who demonstrate opportunities of health and wellness for their employees.

See Dal News article “Heathly Workplace Award Winner”

Welcome Back and Hello to New Members of the Dalhousie Community

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Have you signed up for Dal Alert, the university’s text messaging alert system for emergencies and notification of weather-related cancellations (snow days!)?  Need to send large or multiple files? Would you like to know what software is available for students and faculty?  Do you know how to keep your information safe?

Are you aware of what is appropriate (and inappropriate) use of university network and computing resources?

Answers to these questions and more are available in the ITS Update for Fall 2012.

If you have any questions, contact the Help Desk at, or phone 494-2376.  Call, click or walk in.

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