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The Research Server is a solution to provide faculty access to web space on campus, and is currently being hosted on a server belonging to the School of Science and Health.
A Faculty Web Presence: Currently there are four ways to establish a web presence on campus: UVSCNet, WebCT, your professional page, and departmental directories on the main campus web server. UVSCNet is the commercial arm of campus IT. All faculty may request 10MB of web space free for personal use. WebCT is primarily for student access to class material. Since content is uploaded through web forms, the WebCT process is good for the beginner, but an annoyance for the experienced web designer. The professional pages are also generated from a web form, which limits them to certain content. The www.uvu.edu site is for official College information only, material which traditionally appears in the school Catalog. All perform their tasks very well, but they are none are really suitable nor adequate for certain faculty needs, especially for the simple task of showing off your professional work (to some faculty this is research, to other, art). The research server exists to meet these needs. Your school web technician or the Web Development staff can assist you in writing and uploading pages under your department areas on the main www.uvu.edu server, but since the www.uvu.edu server is an 'official publication' of the College, content must be restricted to 'official' content.
Hardware: The server hardware was provided by UVU Information Technology. It is administered by Dr. Bruce Wilson (email@example.com, -7138, Dept. of Chemistry) and Brett McKeachnie (IT) under the direction of Bruce Parker, Assistant Vice President of Academics. It is a Windows 2003 Server, dual 2.8 GHz Xeon, 1 GB RAM, four RAID 5 drives (with automatic failover to a spare), with redundant power supplies and network connections. A very nice box for which we are very grateful to Ray Walker and the IT staff.
Below is a brief review of how to set up Smart FTP for secure transfers:
Default filenames, which load automatically when the directory is accessed, are default.htm and index.htm. For example, if Dr. Green has a file named index.htm in his research directory, a visitor who enters the address http://research.uvu.edu/green/ will automatically retrieve the index.htm web page. All other filenames need to be explicitly linked.
Privacy is best handled by WebCT. If you post grades or other personal information, please use the same format for identification you would use in posting something on the classroom wall (i.e. no full SSN).
Copyrights should be protected. Because you can copy material for distribution in your classroom (under the Fair Use clause of the Copyright Act) does not mean it can be posted on the internet. Our campus Electronic Reserve is likely the best place to post copyrighted material, as they will obtain the needed permissions for you. If you have questions, please consult the industry-slanted literature at the NACS website.
Linking to your Content You can draw visitors to your research server website in a number of ways: