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6. METU-CC Guide
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1. The Computer Center (CC)
The Computer Center (CC) provides the necessary software, hardware and the central computing services like networking, to facilitate the proper functioning of academic work, the educational programs, and the administrative units and fulfils the computational needs of the users. The CC is closely involved with the latest technological improvements and novelties to bring up the computational facilities in METU.
All other issues (the Network structure and problems related to the structure, department/unit software/hardware problems), other than these services supplied by the CC for the University, are at the responsibility of the department/unit computer coordinators.
The academic/administrative staff who would like to work via the Central Systems or access the Internet should first fill out the User Code Application Form which can be found online at http://kullanicikodu.bidb.odtu.edu.tr and have it authorized by the department/unit computer coordinator and submit it to Room 114 at the CC during working hours, presenting their ID card, in order to get their user code and password. Having this code the academic/administrative staff can; send and receive e-mail, affiliate in electronic communication lists or news groups, utilize the software which run on central systems, connect from off-campus by using dial-up connections, get plus fee printouts from laser printer services, or transfer files using FTP services. They may access any service available on the Academic/Student Information Services Platform.
User code and password could be used to access to the wireless and residence network via http://netregister.cc.metu.edu.tr system as well as connection to the eduroam wireless network.
Purpose of use of the systems and the licensed software available that academic/administrative staff can get at by using their user codes is listed below:
* You can get further information about licensed software at question 11
http://www.grid.org.tr/eng/ and open a user account.
User courses are devised across METU each year. These training sessions are arranged for all parties, staff and/or students, with course hours of suitable options, at a PC room, with hands on application (a PC per person), and free of charge. The training given is at introductory level and in general covers the below topics:
To apply for these courses or to get further information about new courses to be held follow the link; http://seminer.cc.metu.edu.tr. Besides that address, training courses for users are announced on notice boards through out the university, web pages, and electronic lists ahead of time.
METU CC Library is located at the CC building bridge annex, 1st floor, room 109 and it provides our users with manuals of computer operating systems, booklets, computer magazines and periodicals.
A list of book, booklets and CDs on sale at the library can be found at http://library.cc.odtu.edu.tr address.
For users to be able to get printouts, paid laser printer service is provided by the CC. You can get detailed and updated information from http://print-out.cc.odtu.edu.tr address about what is required to do in order to make use of this service and get laser printouts from the central server system.
METU CC provides for the university staff a wide variety of software containing operating systems (MS Windows/Linux) and Office programs, scientific computing, statistics, engineering, modelling, simulations, desktop publishing, graphics and web design software. Most of the software is available at ftp://ftp.cc.metu.edu.tr. This space enables our academic and administrative users (they need METU user code and password to login) to access to the licensed software and package programs within the campus without coming to the Computer Center and making set up mostly by not burning a CD/DVD. Detailed information can be found at http://software.cc.metu.edu.tr.
Found in the CDs and diskettes at the CC Library are Microsoft Software products licensed for in-campus use and some of the Borland software products licensed for multi user application. Regarding these products, using your user code on the central servers you can, search the available products, reserve the needed product, and cancel the reservation from the http://cclibrary.metu.edu.tr address.
Besides these, other programs on the central servers are available for the use of academic and the administrative staff on UNIX based servers.
Below, is a list of software which run on the central servers:
Furthermore, it is possible to run Abaqus, Ansys, MSC MARC/Mentat/Patran/Dytran/Nastran, Mathcad, Mathematica, Matlab, Gaussian, Maple, Nag, Essl software on PC platforms.
You may access the CDs and diskettes of the software at the CC Library by applying there with your personnel ID card.
Moreover there is another FTP site where popular free software (freeware, shareware, trial) of the Internet world is accessible. The site, which is authorized to all users, can be reached at the ftp://ftp.metu.edu.tr address.
To the users of the CC facilities, services are provided at a total of 19 PC rooms. The most recent information about the location, the working hours, and the configuration of these rooms are supplied at the http://pc-room.cc.metu.edu.tr address.
The Smart Class is a system designed to bring the users at different physical locations together in an interactive environment, using videoconferencing and live broadcasting technology. Due to the current videoconferencing capability, joint lectures, seminars and jury meetings can be held together with other classes with similar technologies all over the world. Lectures, seminars, presentations and meetings can be broadcast live on the campus via Internet.
Human-Computer Interaction Research and Application Laboratory is a medium established to design, utilize, and evaluate interactive technologies like web sites and other computer software and the lab consists of an experimentation and a control room. During the experiment, it is possible to get a feedback by recording the image of the user, the eye movements, and the monitor screen shots, so as to evaluate the applicability of any given software (http://hci.cc.metu.edu.tr).
Dial-up services are available for users wanting to get access to METU central systems via telephone lines (modem) from inside or outside the campus. By just paying for the call, users having a modem, a user code registered on the central systems, and the necessary programs to make the connection, can access to these systems and the Internet by the dial-up services. The information about the modem service for the students and/or the staff is given in the table below.
To get detailed information to make use of these services you may either follow this link or apply to the CC, room no: 114 to obtain a copy of the document "PPP Connection to METU systems".
You can inquire the "hot-line" service for connections from other domestic Internet service providers (ISP) or for connections from abroad to get access to your METU account.
Connection to the METU Library resources off Campus (Web Caching Service):
There are two different IEEE *802.11agn* standard wireless networks in the Middle East Technical University Campus. The first one is eduroam, which stands for Education Roaming. eduroam runs on a RADIUS-based infrastructure that uses 802.1x security technology to allow for inter-institutional roaming. For more information about this network and the details of how to set it, please go to eduroam page. The second broadcast is ng2k. This one’s SSID broadcast is without any encryption. MAC address based identification confirmation system operates on these networks. In order to connect to the wireless network it is sufficent to fill the from at, http://netregister.cc.metu.edu.tr. Detailed information may be obtained at the http://wireless.cc.metu.edu.tr address.
Communication on the Internet can be made not only by e-mailing among individuals, but also by use of electronic lists which adjoins users who want to convey messages about a certain topics. Users who become members of such lists can send their e-mail there or receive email messages sent to these platforms. For such needs, The Computer Center provides services of Electronic Communication Lists service.
Other than the e-mail programs using the POP3 / IMAP servers, CC also provides web based e-mail services. These interfaces are available at, http://metumail.metu.edu.tr/.
Electronic Communication Lists Services
This service is provided by a list server, Mailman which is powerful enough to adjoin thousands of users under a frame, to enable those users to be a member of more than one list and to record and keep track of all that information. General information about Electronic Communication Lists can be accessed from this link.
At the METU Campus, the Electronic Communication System (E.C.S.) has been established to facilitate the electronic communication of academic and administrative staff. General information about this system can be accessed from this link.
All METU members having usercodes (academic/administrative personnel and students) can create their personal web pages. Users should obey the regulations stated in METU Information Technology Resources Use Policy and fulfill the legal obligations.
If the users would like to prepare a simple personal CV web page, they can use templates offered by the web wizard which is available on http://wizard.metu.edu.tr.
METU Campus Wide Information System (METU-CWIS) which is structured on a World Wide Web (WWW) based application can be accessed at http://www.metu.edu.tr/ and http://www.odtu.edu.tr addresses. By the use of this system METU computer users or outside users connected through the web can have access to resources of information in METU, in the state or abroad.20. How to access Academic / Student information system?*
The student info system is one that the Student Affairs, academic units, academic staff and the students make use of via the WWW. Access rights are defined according to the user groups. In accordance to the authorization provided to the user groups, the users can access certain software related to the group (https://oibs.metu.edu.tr/).
The Academic CV System is a system by which all staff except the residing assistants can access and enter all academic activities over the WWW and which they can observe. It can be accessed at the http://academic.metu.edu.tr/ address.
The Interactive Registration and Authentication System is a program to facilitate the registration of the courses that the students have to take for each term over a computer medium, on line (the access to the web address where the registration can take place is activated during registration periods and announced accordingly). After completing the registration, the students, together with their advisor, use the same program and perform the authentication procedure.
The Interactive Grading Program System is the program which facilitates the grade entry of all the students who have taken the course, by the professor who has given the lectures (the access to the web address where the grade entry is done is activated at the end of the term and announced accordingly).
This application has been developed to shorten the process and to make it easy for decision makers to go through the process with less effort. For applications the https://ozlukbilgi.metu.edu.tr link will have to be used.
When the tuition payment is deposited in any branch of any of the contracted banks by the students, the information is recorded on the central data base of the university. That is how information about payments are followed up and checked.
26. What is ÖYP Application System?
27. What is The Course Evaluation Survey?
28. What is Mobile Student Affairs Information System?
29. What is The E-Catalogue System?
30. What is The Staff Roster (an information bank of the staff)?
31. What is Finance Follow Up (PAYS) System?
The CC provides general support to users at any level. Operators and consultant students are always present at the PC rooms with the purpose of answering probable questions. Moreover you can always e-mail to pc-onerimetu.edu.tr for your suggestions and proposals. For topics that need further expertise the mentors at the CC User Support Group may be consulted. For immediate help, calling 210 33 55, the "Hot-line" service support is possible on week days between 09:00-17:00 hours, e-mailing hot-linemetu.edu.tr or applying to the hot-line services office in person are other possible options to get help. Users can also make use of answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ) page.
*For the problems encountered with or suggestions about the services mentioned in clauses 20-28 you can e-mail to registermetu.edu.tr which is monitored by the Student Affairs as well.