Don’t worry, this doesn’t signal the return of Gordon the Gopher, we’ve just made some changes to the GO Portal. Yesterday we flicked the first switch in launching the all new GO. We’ve moved from iChain to Access Manager as the underlying SSO system. Access Manager has lots of improvements over iChain, but to people using it, it should be faster and more stable. I’m sure the chaps in Core Services will explain more about what they’ve done!
The first thing you’ll notice when logging in is a new login box. Logging in for the first time, GO will ask you for an email address. This is used if you ever need to reset your password so it needs to be a non @edgehill.ac.uk address which you can access even when you can’t log in to GO. It’s possible to skip this if you don’t have one.
And then you’re in… to the old version of GO! Yep, no sooner have we given you a taste of the swish new login boxes and self help systems do we shift you back to the current system. Well, not quite! We’re using the next few days to test the system under a bit of load so all logins are going through the new GO before being passed on to the old site. Early results look promising – the servers didn’t bat an eyelid when we switched and seem quite happy with the volume of users.
This also gives us the opportunity to open up testing to a wider audience. Staff will see there’s a new link on the navigation bar – New Go – so if you’re feeling inquisitive click through and see what’s new – you can switch back easily during the transition.
While a lot of the features are targeted towards students, I still think it’s an improvement on the current Staff GO. We’d love to hear feedback and suggestions for additional features – we’ve had lots from our beta testers (and thank you very much!) but feel free to send in more.
Some of the interesting features available include a web client version of go.talk, our Jabber-based IM system that we’ll also be pushing out to the desktop. There’s lots of ways of pulling in information from external sources such as Flickr, del.icio.us and YouTube – add the user ehunews to get get an instant TV channel of Edge Hill related news stories, or edgehilluni to get Jez’s film masterpieces!
For the students reading, don’t worry, your chance will come very soon to opt in to the new GO portal! If you’d like an early preview, leave a comment and we’ll sort you out with access.
P.S. Happy Talk Like a Pirate Day! Aaaarrrrrgggghhhh!