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External emails not delivered

Thursday, May 6th, 2021

Since Friday, 30 April, many external emails have not been delivered to SU staff and student mailboxes. These messages have been placed under quarantine by Microsoft for security reasons.

The issue was reported to Microsoft earlier this week and is receiving urgent attention from both Microsoft’s engineers as well as our own system engineers. 

We realise that important messages might have been queued and therefore we will release all pending messages tomorrow ((Friday, 7 May) afternoon at 16:00 as a temporary solution to the problem.

Please take note that messages could include spam or phishing emails and you need to be extra careful when dealing with these particular messages.

We apologise for the inconvenience and hope that the situation will be resolved soon. 
Any enquiries regarding this can be logged on the ICT Partner Portal.

Research Data Management adventure game launched

Tuesday, May 4th, 2021

Stellenbosch University Library and Information Service is pleased to announce the launch of the Research Data Management (RDM) Adventure Game.

The RDM Adventure Game is a text-based role-playing interactive fiction serious game, based on the data management challenges of a research project. The game takes the form of an online choose-your-own-adventure format in which game players take a simulated research project through the following processes: data management planning, data collection/generation, data organisation, data description and research publication, while encountering data management challenges along the way.

The game was developed as part of a collaboration between the University of Bath Library and Stellenbosch University Library and Information Service between 2017 and 2020 by Alex Ball (University of Bath), Samuel Simango (Stellenbosch University) and Nushrat Khan (University of Bath).

In January 2021, the Wellcome Trust’s Early Career Researchers Advisory Board endorsed the game by including it in the Wellcome Open Research early career researchers pack, recognising it as a useful tool for researchers. Sonya Towers (Grants Adviser at the Wellcome Trust), stated:

“The game is a great, fun way to teach researchers about how to manage their research data, throughout the entire grant life cycle. I really like the way it feels like you are part of an exciting story, where each decision acts as a cog in determining how the story ends.”

Since the game’s launch in December 2020 it has been played by people across 32 countries, and has recently been shortlisted as one of the nominees for the NSTF-South32 Awards for an award under the data for research category.

If you are interested in playing the game, click here. For more information, please contact Samuel Simango at ssimango@sun.ac.za.

Atlas.ti campus license now available

Monday, May 3rd, 2021

We are thrilled to announce that we now have an Atlas ti campus license available to staff and students.

What is ATLAS.ti?

ATLAS.ti is a powerful workbench for the qualitative analysis of large bodies of textual, graphical, audio and video data.

Sophisticated tools help you to arrange, reassemble, and manage your material in creative, yet systematic ways. ATLAS.ti keeps you focused on the material itself. Whether your field is anthropology, economics, criminology, or medicine: ATLAS.ti will meet your qualitative analysis needs.

To learn how to put ATLAS.ti to good use in your research, visit the Research Blog

For more information watch this YouTube video.

The license is available to staff and students and the software can be downloaded on  www.sun.ac.za/softwarehub.  
Users first need to create their own account on Atlas.ti website and use the invite code to gain access to the license and software.

*Please note: Users must please register with their @sun email account and not external email addresses so that the licenses can be managed.

3 day online Excel course

Monday, May 3rd, 2021

Due to Covid restrictions training will still be hosted online through our training partner Stellietech.

The following course dates are available on Sun-e-hr for staff members to enrol.

10-12 May 2021
17-19 May 2021
5-7 June 2021
7-9 June 2021
2-4 August 2021

Should you be interested in attending you must please apply via the Sun-HR System by following the steps below:

>employee self-service
     >>training and development
             >>>learner home
                     >>>>Information Technology
                                >>>>>Online Excel course

COURSE OUTLINE:

Import Data and Navigate workbooks

  • Import Data from Text Files
  • Import Data from CSV Files
  • Search for Data
  • Navigate to workbook Elements

Format worksheets and workbooks

  • Modify Page Setup
  • Adjust Row Height and Column Width.
  • Customise Headers and Footers

Customise Options and Views

  • Customise the Quick Access Toolbar
  • Explore Workbook Views
  • Freeze Rows and Columns
  • Change Window View
  • Modify Basic Workbook Properties
  • Display Formulas

Configure Content for Collaboration.

  • Set a Print Area
  • Save in Alternative File Formats
  • Configure Print Settings
  • Inspect Workbook for Issues.

Manipulate Data in Worksheets

  • Use Special Paste Options
  • Use Autofill to Fill Cells
  • Insert and Delete Rows and Columns
  • Insert and Delete Cells

Format Cells and Ranges

  • Merge and Unmerge Cells
  • Alignment, Orientation, and Indentation
  • Use the Format Painter
  • Wrap Text Within Cells
  • Apply Number Formats

 

 

Bespoke Research ICT Service Desk launched

Monday, May 3rd, 2021

A collaborative effort between the SU Research Support Teams (including LIS, DRD, IT, and IG) saw the development of a bespoke Research ICT Service Desk

The Service Desk is an intuitive portal so SU researchers have one place to go for services and advice specifically related to research information and communications technology (Research ICT).

This includes services and advice related to data collection, data storage, data transfer, data visualisation, and more. Bringing the SU Research Support Teams together on one platform improves collaboration and knowledge sharing across teams to address researchers’ requirements more efficiently.

 

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