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Web & Collaboration

IT Services provides tools and services to manage documents and online content, collect user input, and communicate by video conference and instant message. A variety of free and for-fee options allow the Stanford community to create and administer a dynamic, secure, and recognizable web presence.

WordPress is an open source blog tool and publishing platform. Easy-to-install, centrally supported WordPress instances are available at no charge to Stanford departments and officially-recognized groups for use in web space.

The Stanford CGI (Common Gateway Interface) Service enables users to run programs on the web server to provide dynamic content, collect user input, and offer services otherwise unavailable on the normal Stanford Web service. CGI is available, by request, to any user, group, or department with assigned AFS space.

For every class taught at Stanford, faculty members and TAs are entitled to a suite of centrally-hosted online services that have become an indispensable part of University-level instruction: web site space and templates, an email mailing list, a newsgroup for online discussions, and a central location on the campus network for sharing and storing documents and other data. There is no charge for these services.

Stanford provides document management and collaboration through a partnership with box. com. Box is an easy-to-use platform that is integrated into Stanford's infrastructure.

The Stanford Web Forms Service is available to Stanford affiliates with a full service SUNet ID to make contact forms, short surveys and polls, instructor evaluations, and other forms free of charge. No knowledge of HTML, Javascript, or SQL is required.

Google Apps for Education provides email, calendar, chat, document management, group, and site support for undergraduates at Stanford. Faculty, staff, and graduate students have access to Google document management, groups, and sites.

Secure instant messaging (Stanford IM) is a centrally-funded service provided free-of-charge to the Stanford community. Stanford IM runs on a secure Stanford server and network and takes advantage of Kerberos-based authentication and SSL encryption. The service helps University staff to communicate securely about University business with their co-workers.

The Metrics Dashboard presents details about the health and performance of many of the systems provided by University IT. This service is available free-of-charge to current faculty, staff, and students.

An SSL certificate is a signed electronic guarantee that verifies the authenticity of a particular server. It's used for providing web pages through an encrypted connection. Any service accessible by SSL must have a certificate, including any web server with encrypted or “secure” content.

SharePoint is an advanced service that offers you an integrated suite of tools for managing content that you want to make accessible on the Web. Common collaboration tools including wikis, blogs, and discussion forums are integrated with built-in web content and document management capabilities. In addition, SharePoint includes productivity tools such as event calendars, announcements, and task lists.

The Stanford Web Services unit builds department and group websites that are hosted on a shared infrastructure and provides assistance with larger projects requiring dedicated hosting or custom design. In addition, Stanford Web Services staff help to design and maintain key components of the University's shared and self-service web publishing tools.

The Qualtrics survey tool is an easy-to-use, full-featured, web-based tool for creating and conducting online surveys.

IP video conferencing integrates audio, video, and interactive collaboration tools to create a meeting experience in which globally dispersed participants feel as if they're in the same room. An IP video conferencing call control/transport service is in development for the campus community.

WebEx is a commercial software product with an easy-to-use interface that allows colleagues to meet online to discuss work and share files and applications in real-time. WebEx services include online meetings, web conferencing, and video conferencing services. WebEx host software runs on Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, and Sun Solaris and is available from Software Licensing to Stanford faculty, staff, and students — at a specially-negotiated monthly rate.

Stanford’s central web infrastructure services are available free to University departments, officially recognized groups, and all members of the Stanford community who have a full-service SUNet ID. These services are part of the main campus computing infrastructure and are handled by a server called

Stanford University uses Google Custom Search to provide quick and useful web search results, advanced search features (including searching for PDF, .doc, and .ppt files and displaying them as HTML), powerful search administration, and easy integration into web sites.

The Stanford Virtual Host Service lets you replace a long, unwieldy URL with one that is shorter and/or more descriptive of your website content. These virtual URLs, also called vanity URLs, help people remember how to get to your web site and make it easier for them to type its URL into their browser.

Stanford departments and officially-recognized groups can use the Collaboration Tools Installer/Upgrader to create maintain-it-yourself websites on the shared web infrastructure. A newer option for website hosting, Stanford Sites, provides Drupal instances that run on a dedicated framework, are higher-performing (faster) with more built-in features and options, but do not allow self-installation of modules (feature add-ons) or themes (pre-configured design templates).

Stanford Sites is a self-service tool for building and managing Drupal-based websites for University work. Stanford Sites is available for use directly by faculty, staff, and students as a free, self-service utility requiring little technical expertise.

MediaWiki is a free software wiki package for collaborative document creation and information sharing. Easy-to-install, centrally supported MediaWiki instances are available at no charge to Stanford departments and officially-recognized groups that wish to set up dedicated wikis in web space for their collaboration and documentation needs.