Monitoring UW Network Ports (Flash Talk)

Pre-Recorded Session

Live Q&A

Friday, June 4th, 2:30 – 3:00 pm

Note: Unfortunately part of this Live Q&A was not recorded. We apologize for the mistake.


This presentation will show how to use existing UW metric backends in your own custom monitoring system. Participants will learn how to use existing data to monitor any UW network port.

Audience needs a general knowledge of metrics and monitoring.

Presenter Information

IT Policy – What’s Hot and in the Hopper (Flash Talk)

Live Q&A Information

  • The last 15 minutes of the session “IT Policy Bootcamp” on Thursday, June 3rd, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm will be dedicated to Q&A from this flash talk.


Those who watch this session will be provided with updates on current IT Policies in development at UW-Madison and upcoming policies for AY2021-2022. Attendees will also be provided with contact information if they wish to request additional information or are interested in participating on current or upcoming policy initiatives.

Basic knowledge of campus IT Policies beneficial, but not required.

Presenter Information

Flash Talk Session – Part 1

Room: Morgridge Auditorium (1100)

Flash Talk #1 – History of Getting Digital Light Images into the EMR
Presented by: David Lorman & Michael Hetzer
Time: 11:15-11:20 AM
How UW Dermatology from the bottom up brought UW Health to see the light of integrating digital images into the electronic medical record.
We’ll discuss the importance of reaching out into the IT community, finding ways to partnership, persistence, open mindedness.

Flash Talk #2 – Clojure for the Win
Presented by: Andrew Petro
Time: 11:20-11:25 AM
Clojure, a JVM-hosted Java-interoperating LISP, is a high leverage language for some kinds of programming tasks. This talk will peek at what Clojure is good at in certain circumstances and what you might consider using it for in your own work. The source of talk idea is experiences trying to and actually succeeding at using Clojure in bits of MyUW.
Audience members who attend will learn:

  • To challenge assumptions about what programming has to look like, what dependencies it has to have, how verbose it has to be.
  • To focus on the things that really need doing with less.
  • About immutability, data as data, pure functions.

Flash Talk #3 – Is it up?: a campus solution for backup monitoring
Presented by: Sara Nagreen
Time: 11:25-11:30 AM
If you use a monitoring app like Nagios, you probably are running it from your network. But what happens when your network goes down? Did you know there’s a free backup monitoring solution that we’ve demonstrated in L&S that will tell you if your servers are up even if your network is down?
Takeaways: You can get free backup monitoring for your network. Ask me how.

Flash Talk #4 – Linked Data for Heritage Management
Presented by: Tad Dockery
Time: 11:30-11:35 AM
Cultural resources are usually siloed into one-off databases with data formats specific to the researcher who made them. Linked data formats have exploded in availability, but associated tooling hasn’t, or isn’t publicized. But it’s possible to bridge the gap between legacy and linked data with gumption and evangelism.
Technology doesn’t change unless we make it. Useful techniques like Linked Data can seem difficult to implement, between lackluster available tooling, low awareness, and promises of utopian AI solutions; but putting the effort into a custom solution now can lead to better standard tooling, increased awareness, and independence from robot overlords.

If time, these presentations will be followed by a short break before the continued 11:40am session.

Flash Talk Session – Part 2

Room: Morgridge Auditorium (1100)

Flash Talk #5 – WordPress Users Community of Practice 
Presented by: Rich Gassen
Time: 11:40-11:45 AM
Seeing a need for collaboration and information sharing, a small group of campus web designers started a community of practice for WordPress users in January of 2018 around the idea of utilizing the UW Theme. Since then, this community has met monthly, sharing information about WordPress and showing the sites we are building and maintaining, as well as having discussions online as issues arise to crowdsource solutions. Join Rich Gassen for a quick overview of this group and the benefits of getting involved in it.
The key takeaway is to learn that this community exists and it will help you as a WordPress user be better in your role and enhance your experience in designing sites.

Flash Talk #6 – Understanding the IT Project Pipeline and Services
Presented by: Troy Dreyer
Time: 11:45-12:00 PM
The UW-Madison IT Project Intake Process (IPIP) exists to review and provide guidance for upcoming IT projects. It collects data about projects and helps us understand where resources are focused on developing or expanding services.
This process provide a lot of information about the evolving IT ecosystem on campus. Awareness of this information fosters collaboration and responsible resource utilization.
Audience members should leave with:

  • Awareness of the campus IT Project Intake Process (IPIP), its purpose, and where to find more information.
  • High-level understanding of the IPIP metrics collected and what they show about our campus IT projects.
  • Insight into recent IPIP changes, based on stakeholder feedback, that make it more valuable.