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The following is a list of professional and educational technology services and tools provided by the University of Minnesota.

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Tool Description Information Audience Resources
Active Directory Active Directory enables faculty and staff in departments who have signed up for the service to access centralized network file storage that complies with University security standards and is backed up systematically.
  • Faculty
  • Staff
  • Disciplines/Departments
Astra Online Event Calendar Astra is an integrated software package for scheduling rooms and events. Depending on venue and event type selected, the information entered may be displayed on the Campus Events Calendar and the Morris campus website.
  • Alumni
  • Students
  • Faculty
  • Staff
  • Disciplines/Departments
  • Visitors
ContentR News managements system capable of generating RSS feeds.
  • Staff
  • Disciplines/Departments
Data Warehouse We provide a reporting environment for the University's enterprise systems through two methods to help faculty and staff with operational and management decision making: UM Reports and the Data Warehouse. The Data Warehouse is a centralized repository for enterprise data that enables users to extract data for their own specific needs.
Enterprise Financial System (EFS) The Enterprise Financial System is the gateway to all financial processes at the University. The new PeopleSoft system replaces and integrates virtually all financial systems on all campuses: CUFS, Financial Forms Nirvana, Electronic Grants Management System internal (EGMSi), JD Edwards, and others. Financial reporting and data currently provided by the Data Warehouse, UM Reports, and Financial Reports on the web will also be replaced.
  • Faculty
  • Staff
  • Disciplines/Departments
GoldPASS GoldPASS is the University's online database to help connect students and alumni with employers, volunteer organizations, and internships across the country.
  • Students
  • Faculty
  • Staff
Google Apps Through a partnership with Google, University of Minnesota students, faculty, and staff can access a suite of Google-powered communication and collaboration tools including email, calendar, document sharing, instant messaging, and website publishing tools.
  • Students
  • Faculty
  • Staff
  • Disciplines/Departments
ImageNow We provide document imaging services through Perceptive Software's ImageNow product to any department or business unit at the University. Documents can be scanned or captured in their native format such as Microsoft Office files, linked with records and routed automatically or manually, and retrieved by launching the application.
  • Faculty
  • Staff
Information Services Faculty, staff, students, and the public can get telephone, email, and web information from Information Services staff, including telephone numbers, addresses, website and email information, directions, parking suggestions, and special event contact information.
  • Students
  • Faculty
  • Staff
iTunes U The University has partnered with Apple to privately share audio and video content with the University community using Apple's iTunes software, as well as to share content with the public via a dedicated presence on iTunes U in the Apple Store.
  • Students
  • Alumni
  • Disciplines/Departments
  • Faculty
  • Staff
  • Visitors
Library Databases Briggs Library's 200+ online subscription and free article and ebook databases
  • Students
  • Faculty
  • Staff
ListServ University faculty, staff, and students can use LISTSERV software to set up a mailing list and send messages to a single email address, which in turn will reroute it to a list of email addresses. Users may subscribe and unsubscribe to the list and control whether and how they receive mailings.
  • Students
  • Alumni
  • Faculty
  • Staff
Lyris Lyris ListManager is the University's mass email distribution system used for both internal and external mass emailings. Mass email is any message that is sent to a group of people for the purpose of communicating official University business. It must be sent as a multipart (HTML and text) or text only message.
  • Faculty
  • Staff
  • Disciplines/Departments
Media Mill Media Mill is designed to make it easy to get audio and video content online, and to share it with anyone in the world.
Microsoft Work-at-Home option The University of Minnesota has partnered with e-academy to offer the Microsoft Work-at-Home option, an additional benefit of the Microsoft Campus Agreement. This option will allow faculty and staff systemwide who use Microsoft Office programs and the Windows operating system on their University-owned computers to use a second copy of a limited selection of products on either a laptop or desktop computer that he or she personally owns or leases.
  • Faculty
  • Staff
Moodle Moodle is a course management system (CMS) equipped with a variety of built-in communication, collaboration, assessment, and evaluation tools used for online or web-enhanced course delivery, group forums, internal training, sharing of resources, and more.
  • Students
  • Faculty
  • Staff
myUMM myUMM is a web portal accessible through the Internet. Students, faculty, staff, and friends of the University use it to access University information and applications personalized for them based on their role at the University. It includes communication and collaboration tools and areas users can customize themselves.
  • Students
  • Alumni
  • Faculty
  • Staff
  • Visitors
Netfiles The NetFiles service is a secure online file storage and collaboration solution available to all faculty, staff, students, and business units at the University that is accessible using a web browser or, for faculty and staff only, a desktop client.
  • Students
  • Faculty
  • Staff
Pounce Briggs Library's online catalog/discovery tool helps locate 230,000+ print items and even more online resources.
  • Students
  • Faculty
  • Staff
  • Community
UMConnect UMConnect enables University faculty, staff, and eligible graduate students to create on-demand web presentations and to communicate and collaborate through web conferences and webcasts. Students can use UMConnect to view content and participate in web conferences and webcasts. We also provide onsite technical support for webcasts for a fee.
  • Students
  • Faculty
  • Staff
  • Disciplines/Departments
UMM Digital Collections Offers access to digitized photographs from the archives of American Indian boarding school, West Central School of Agriculture, and the University of Minnesota, Morris.
  • Students
  • Faculty
  • Staff
  • Disciplines/Departments
  • Alumni
  • Community
UMM Digital Well Provides access to campus governance and conference documents, as well as intellectual, scholarly and creative works of the UMM community
  • Students
  • Faculty
  • Staff
  • Disciplines/Departments
UMReports We provide a reporting environment for the University's enterprise systems through two methods to help faculty and staff with operational and management decision making: UM Reports and the Data Warehouse. UM Reports contains pre-built reports to serve common needs.
  • Faculty
  • Staff
UMSurvey UMSurvey is an academic online survey tool centrally managed by Office of Information Technology which is available to current students, staff, and faculty at the University of Minnesota.
  • Students
  • Faculty
  • Staff
  • Disciplines/Departments
UMWebStats UMWebStats uses Urchin Software from Google to analyze traffic to your website and provides reports on visitor traffic, volume, and referral information.
  • Disciplines/Departments
UMWiki A wiki is a website that enables users to directly and collaboratively create and edit content quickly and easily using a web browser. UMWiki is a service offered to faculty, staff, and students that makes it easy to create web pages, embed images, documents, and web links. Built-in revision tracking shows when changes were made, and by whom.
  • Students
  • Faculty
  • Staff
  • Disciplines/Departments
UThink UThink blogs are available to the faculty, staff, and students of the University of Minnesota, and are intended to support teaching and learning, scholarly communication, and individual expression for the University community.
  • Students
  • Faculty
  • Staff
  • Disciplines/Departments
Virtual Private Network (VPN) The University of Minnesota Virtual Private Network (VPN) is the centrally managed Office of Information Technology service that allows a computer to connect to the University network without using an Ethernet connection. A VPN connection appears as though you are inside the University network and allows access to its internal resources.
  • Students
  • Faculty
  • Staff



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