Web & Collaboration

HMS Information Technology

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Web & Collaboration

The Information Technology department at HMS thrives off of productive and efficient web development. No matter the medium, whether it is web conferencing, instant messaging, or file sharing, we aim to provide our customers with the best user experience possible.

Web Conferencing
Instant Messaging

SSL Certificates
Website Hosting

Web Conferencing

IT web conferencing enables our students and faculty to create meetings with the option of inviting other participants. Web conferencing tools include application sharing as well as chatting and working with shared documents in real time. The most common web conference applications that users may find are Microsoft Lync, Skype, and Google Hangout. If you would like more information regarding our IT web conferencing tools, please email the IT Service desk.


Instant Messaging

HMS uses Microsoft Lync as the primary software that allows users to instant message, share documents, send screen shots, and hold video conferences. All HMS/HSDM quad-based faculty, students, postdoc, and staff are eligible to use Microsoft Lync as long as the user’s computer has a web video camera, speakers, microphone, and wired network connection. For more information and access to installers and installation instructions, please visit the Lync page.


SSL Certificates

The Harvard Enterprise Information Security Policy requires that confidential information is encrypted in transmission.

To aid in compliance, HUIT IT Security has partnered with InCommon to provide unlimited digital certificates to Harvard University. The annual cost of this service is funded by HUIT IT Security on behalf of the entire community. There is no cost, chargeback or fee required from Schools or Institutes to subscribe to the service. Use of this service is expected to improve the security of web applications and provide significant financial savings across the university.

To obtain full access, each school or institute must identify two or three Department Registrant Authority Officers (DRAO’s) in order to use this service.

For more information, please visit the Harvard University web page on Digital Certificate Management.


Website Hosting

To Host A Web Application

  • Any necessary licenses beyond those already existing must be provided by the client and the requestor is legally responsible for ensuring that they either own all content or have acquired formal permission to use it
  • The client is responsible for providing QA testing for all content associated with the application
  • The client must notify IT if any updates are needed for the application software to function correctly
  • Site sponsors must show a direct connection to the community, and must define how the application is relevant to the mission of HMS
  • To apply for this service please complete this Research Computing Hosting Form

To Host a Personal or Project Website

Harvard Web Publishing combines Harvard's strengths in web communication and best practices, web development, and service delivery
to offer all Harvard affiliates a self-service web publishing platform. This service ideal for clients who have smaller or less complex sites and can build and manage their site with minimal assistance.

If you would like a free, personal or project website, Open-Scholar has been created just for you. It is easy to set up and Drupal platform training is provided by HUIT.

To Host a Department, Laboratory, or Affiliated Partner Website

Because of the high public visibility of any content associated with the primary HMS website, the Office of Communications and External Relations (OCER) is the governing body that manages all content linked or cross-referenced in any way from the primary URL hms.harvard.edu.

A HMS “Use of Name Committee” governs decisions on URL names and DNS redirect questions. The administrative support contact for the Use of Name Committee is useofname@hms.harvard.edu. This is important to avoid duplication, ownership, or confusion when very common terms are requested in the domain name.Advance permission is required from the Trademark Program for use of a “harvard.edu” domain name (e.g., "help.harvard.edu," "poetryforum.harvard.edu," "hsci.harvard.edu," etc.). Any website that uses the Harvard.edu extension must be approved and requires the form Domain Name Request Form be completed.