Ag IT Advisory Group (AITAG)

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Quarterly Reports

Spring 2007 Report

December 2006 Report

Fall 2006 Report

 

Work of the 2001-05 AITAG included:

  • Defined a baseline for IT support by identifying software and hardware to meet 80 percent of the IT needs for NDSU Agriculture faculty and staff but with the flexibility for them to acquire, install and maintain IT equipment and software needed to meet unique needs. Baselines have been developed and are updated every six months with the help of the Ag Communication Computer Services staff. 

  • Advised Ag Administration and Information Technology Services as desktop support and help desk functions were transferred from Ag Communication to ITS. 

  • Developed header and footer bars to give Ag research, Extension and academics Web pages consistent navigation and a common, professional look, and eliminate the many orphan pages that do not link to any other NDSU sites. 

  • Explored the pros and cons of Web mail (NDSU) and POP3 mail (Extnet). 

  • Reviewed video streaming for credit classes, distance education, non-credit workshops and employee training.  

  • Prepared guidelines for computer recycling and disposal options considering NDSU surplus property policy and varying county policies on cost-shared equipment.  

  • Cut down on incoming spam on Extnet e-mail. In April 2005 Ag Communication established a filter in the Spam Assassin software on the server to eliminate all incoming e-mail with an "obviously spam" threshold value of 10 and higher.  

  • Helped establish alternate Internet access for NDSU offices not hard-wired when NDSU's local dial-up connection was discontinued in May 2005.

After the merger of Ag desktop and help desk support with ITS in August 2005, Vice President for Agriculture and University Extension D.C. Coston and NDSU CIO/ITS Director Tom Moberg restructured AITAG and provided a new charge in May 2006.

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