It’s that time of year when Emory starts
slowing down and the campus begins emptying, as faculty and students
make their way to distant points around the globe. Whether they
are returning home, studying abroad or researching away from campus,
Clifton Road becomes just one address amongst many.
This mass migration from campus used to mean leaving behind Emory’s
electronic universe of e-mail, file sharing and digital research
tools, as well. At best, displaced faculty and students fumbled
with modem settings in far-off lands, hoping to get a connection
to Emory and access to the tools they needed. At worst, the material
simply wasn’t available.
That world has changed. Emory faculty, staff and students who have
e-mail accounts on the Information Technology Division’s (ITD)
servers now can access their e-mail via the World Wide Web. Available
Webmail allows access to your inbox, online folders and an address
book through any Internet browser. Whether sipping an espresso at
a cyber café in Paris or accessing the web in a colleague’s
office in Tokyo, all you need is this address.
File sharing has been radically simplified as well. Recently, ITD
announced a new service, Emory Webdrive, that allows users to store
files in a personal web directory accessible from anywhere in the
world. Users can set up folders, add and delete files, and access
those files and folders using simple commands—all through
a web browser.
To learn how to use the new service, visit http://webdrive.service.emory.edu.
All faculty, staff and students have pre-created accounts that are
synchronized with their Emory network IDs and passwords. Faculty
and graduate students have 50 megabytes of disk space; undergraduate
students and staff automatically receive 20 megabytes.
What is particularly exciting about Emory Webdrive is that it not
only breaks down the technical and geographical boundaries for file
sharing, it also allows colleagues and/or students to collaborate
between different locations. For instance, within Webdrive, an Emory
account holder can identify a non-Emory colleague in California
as having permission to review a document or presentation for a
fixed period of time. Once that time period is over, the document
is no longer accessible for that individual.
Group space also is available on Emory Webdrive. Individual departments
can request up to a gigabyte of space for research projects and
initiatives. Collaboration from across campus or across the country
can be enabled with data sets, presentations, images and documents—all
“shareable” with anyone who has been given appropriate
Finally, in the “olden days,” many databases offered
by Emory’s libraries were accessible only on campus or through
the University modem pool. Now, the Information Gateway (www.library.emory.edu/IG)
overcomes this limitation and allows faculty, students and staff
to use their Emory personal ID to access resources from any location
with web access. Whether the need is for a Medline abstract or a
definition from the Oxford English Dictionary, hundreds of databases
now are available online. In addition, thousands of full-text electronic
journals are available through the libraries’ eJournals database
The World Wide Web has been widely available for less than 10 years.
In that short time, it has changed the way people find news, track
finances, arrange travel and research information. With Webmail,
Emory Webdrive, the Information Gateway and the eJournals database,
those changes now reach deep into the scholarly world. Whatever
your summer travel plans, Emory’s virtual home will be just
one click away.