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Highlights of the New Penn Computing and ISC WebSites 

ISC web site

Penn's Computing Web, sponsored by Information Systems and Computing (ISC), was recently upgraded. A gateway to computing information at Penn, it provides access to computing organizations across the University including ISC, the central computing organization.  In addition to an attractive new look modeled after the Penn Web style, several new features and resources have been added. Examples include:

  • A "Focus On" section to accommodate the information needs of special audiences, such as prospective students; new faculty, staff, and students; and users of administrative systems
  • Direct access to School computing sites at Penn from the home page
  • An improved News feature that provides links to recent individual news stories from the main home.

In addition to revamping the Computing Web, ISC also reworked its organizational site with a fresh new look and new information.  The redesign features three new areas or pages that visitors will want to become familiar with:  Services, Projects & Initiatives, and Contact Us.  The Services page provides information about and links to the information technology services and resources that ISC provides to the University community. The Projects & Initiatives page allows visitors to learn how ISC partners with other groups and Schools at Penn to provide critical technologies and services and how these services impact the Penn community at large. Brief project overviews are provided, and where applicable, links to project web sites. For help in obtaining email addresses, phone numbers, and web links for frequently requested ISC services, visitors will want to go to the Contact Us page. 

Both the ISC and the Computing Web sites share the following features which improve navigation and access:

  • A common toolbar consisting of a drop-down menu, A-Z, and Search: The drop-down menu provides access to the Computing Web's new topical pages.
  • The Computing Web Search finds computing information not only on the Computing Web but on various other computing sites within the domain, including the Computer Connection, the Library, and School-based computing sites. Search queries can be entered from most Computing and ISC web pages. 
  • A new Computing A-Z feature that give visitors another method for finding information. Computing A-Z also contains special collections for glossary of common computing terms, acronyms commonly used at Penn, and policies.
  • A new Hotlinks feature that raises visitor awareness about important and timely topics of special interest to the Penn community.
  • A computing calendar that allows visitors to view information about computing-related events open to the University community, such as user group meetings (PCNet, SUG, WebSig), and information on the implementation of new services that will affect the Penn community at large. The Computing calendar is available from both the home page and the News page. Visit the Computing Web at and the ISC web site at

Members of the Penn community are encouraged to look over these new sites and send their comments and suggestions to

-- Robin Beck, Vice President, ISC



  Almanac, Vol. 50, No. 11, November 4, 2003