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UBIT Styleguide

Learn how to format and display the names of UBIT units and services, and how to use service related terms.

UBIT Unit Names

Term Description
VPCIO

The Vice President and Chief Information Officer (VPCIO) is the most senior Information Technology executive at UB and heads UB Information Technology.

When using the term in an article, write Vice President and Chief Information Officer (VPCIO) in the first instance and use VPCIO subsequently.

CIOAO

The CIO Administrative Operations (CIOAO) is the unit that manages financial and human resources functions for the Vice President and Chief Information Officer (VPCIO) responsibility area.

When using the term in an article, write CIO Administrative Operations (CIOAO) in the first instance and use CIOAO subsequently.

CIT

Computing and Information Technology (CIT) is a service division at the University at Buffalo that provides university-wide information technology leadership, guidance and services.

When using the term in an article, write Computing and Information Technology (CIT) in the first instance and use CIT subsequently.

CIT Help Desk

The CIT Help Desk is a service at the University at Buffalo that provides assistance with information technology questions, problems and requests.

When using the term in an article, do not expand the acronym CIT in the term CIT Help Desk.

EAS

Enterprise Application Services (EAS) is a functional unit in Computing and Information Technology (CIT) that develops, implements and supports university-wide software applications at UB.

When using the term in an article, write Enterprise Application Services (EAS) in the first instance and EAS subsequently.

EIS

Enterprise Infrastructure Services (EIS) is a functional unit in Computing and Information Technology (CIT) that develops, implements and supports the core technical services for university-wide IT at the University at Buffalo.

When using the term in an article, write Enterprise Infrastructure Services (EIS) in the first instance and EIS subsequently.

ISO

Information Security Office (ISO) is a functional unit within Computing and Information Technology that maintains and monitors information security for the University at Buffalo.

When using the term in an article, write Information Security Office (ISO) in the first instance and ISO subsequently.

ITPC

Information Technology Policy and Communication (ITPC) is a functional unit within Computing and Information Technology responsible for communications about the VPCIO’s area of responsibility; and for the development and publication of university-level IT policies.

When using the term in an article, write Information Technology Policy and Communication (ITPC) in the first instance and ITPC subsequently.

NCS

Network and Classroom Services (NCS) is a functional unit within Computing and Information Technology that develops, implements and supports university-wide network communications and classroom technology services for the University at Buffalo.

When using the term in an article, write Network and Classroom Services (NCS) in the first instance and NCS subsequently.

EIA

The Office of Educational Innovation and Assessment (EIA) is a unit at the University at Buffalo that works with faculty, students and staff to promote instructional excellence.

When using the term in an article, write Office of Educational Innovation and Assessment (EIA) in the first instance and use EIA subsequently.  

UBIT

University at Buffalo Information Technology (UBIT) is an adjective describing the composite of all central and distributed information technology at University at Buffalo, as in UBIT staff or UBIT Alerts.

When using the term in an article, write University at Buffalo Information Technology (UBIT) in the first instance and use UBIT subsequently. If used to create a compound name, such as UBITName, do not expand UBIT.

UBIT Applications and Services

Term Description
Activate

Use the UBITName Manager to identify and make a UBITName which is set to the initial state operative.

When used in an article, activate is not capitalized.

Activation state

States of a UBITName.

When used in an article, states are not capitalized.

Initial not yet actvated, or returned to not yet activated
Activated activated using the UBITName Manager tool. UBITName Manager Security Questions and password have been set.
Deactivated previously activated, now made inoperative in whole or in part (e.g. upon separtion from the university); does not imply set to initial state; does not imply access to all services is withdrawn.
Reactivated Once deactivated, now made operative in full (e.g. returning to the university); does not imply set to initial state. Uses most recent UBITName password.
CLUB

Co-Location at UB (CLUB) is a service to house servers in a university data center.

When using the term in an article, write Co-Location at UB (CLUB) in the first instance and use CLUB subsequently.

cybrary

A cybrary is a public computer services site in a University at Buffalo library.

When using the word as a common noun, write it as cybrary, lowercase. Capitalize the word when using it in a proper noun, e.g. Capen Cybrary.

Note that the name of an individual cybrary is derived from the building it is in rather than the full name of the associated library. For example, use Lockwood Cybrary and not Lockwood Memorial Library Cybrary.

iprint@ub

iprint@ub is the University at Buffalo public printing service.

When using the term in an article, remember that iprint@ub is one word and should be completely lowercase, even at the beginning of a sentence. After the first instance, it is acceptable to refer to the service as iprint for short.

iprint anywhere

iprint anywhere is the service for sending documents from personal computers and laptops, including from off-campus, to University at Buffalo public printers.

When using the term in an article, remember that iprint anywhere is two words and should be completely lowercase, even at the beginning of a sentence.

One-Time Password Token issued to individuals used to activate their UBITName within the UBITName Manager.  Formerly single-use password.
Person Number

UB-assigned personal identifier.

When using the term in an article, both words are capitlized.

ResNet

Residential Network (ResNet) is the wired network in University at Buffalo campus apartments and residence halls.

When using the term in an article, write Residential Network (ResNet) in the first instance and use ResNet subsequently. Remember that ResNet is one word with a capitalized R and N.

UB Online Phone Book UB Online Phone Book is a searchable directory of people at University at Buffalo.
UB on iTunes U

UB on iTunes U is the University at Buffalo’s instance of iTunes U, a service provided by Apple, Inc. for free storage and access to educational content.

When using the term in an article, do not expand the acronym UB in UB on iTunes U. Remember that iTunes is one word, with a lowercase i followed by a capitalized T.

UBclicks

UBclicks is a classroom response system that allows students to participate in presentations or lectures by submitting replies to interactive questions via a keypad.

When using the term in an article, remember that UBclicks is one word and that clicks in the word is lowercase.

UBfs

University at Buffalo file service (UBfs) is the University at Buffalo’s file storage system.

When using the term in an article, write University at Buffalo file service (UBfs) in the first instance and use UBfs subsequently. Remember that UBfs is one word and that the fs in the word is lowercase.

UBIT

University at Buffalo Information Technology (UBIT) is an adjective describing the composite of all central and distributed information technology at University at Buffalo, as in UBIT staff or UBIT Alerts.

When using the term in an article, write University at Buffalo Information Technology (UBIT) in the first instance and use UBIT subsequently. If used to create a compound name, such as UBITName, do not expand UBIT.

UBITName

A UBITName is a unique digital identity assigned to an affiliated individual at University at Buffalo.

When using the term in an article, remember that UBITName is a single word, with a fully capitalized UBIT in the word, followed by a capitalized N. May be used with "account" for clarification purposes.

UBITName Login UBITName Login is a sign on procedure to access IT services at University at Buffalo that uses a UBITName and password.
UBITName password

Password specific the the UBITName digital identity.

Password is not capitalized. When used together with UBITName, "UBITName and password".

UBITName Manager Tool used to manage UBITName accounts at UB: to activate UBITNames, set UBITName Manager security questions, and change UBITName passwords.
UBITName Manager Security Questions

Shared secret questions and answers set by UBITName owners, used to change the UBITName password if forgotten.

When used in an article the words security and questions are not capitalized.

 

UBlearns

UBlearns is a course management system and the University at Buffalo’s instance of Blackboard.

When using the term in an article, remember that UBlearns is one word, and that learns in the word is both lowercase and italicized.

UBmail

UBmail is the University at Buffalo’s email service and includes Central Email, UBmail Powered by Google and UBmail Powered by Exchange.

When using the term in an article, remember that UBmail is one word and that the mail in the word is lowercase.

UBmail Powered by Exchange

UBMail Powered by Exchange is the University at Buffalo’s email service enacted on a communications server, Microsoft Exchange.

When using the term in an article, remember the word Powered is upercase and the word by is lowercase.

UBmail Powered by Google

UBMail Powered by Google is the University at Buffalo’s email service that is enacted on the Google Apps for Education platform.

When using the term in an article, remember the word Powered is uppercase and the word by is lowercase.

UB Secure, UB Wireless, UB Gaming, UB Voice

Names of University at Buffalo Wi-Fi networks. UB Secure is the preferred, secure network.

Note that the network SSID uses an underscore between UB and the network, e.g. UB_Secure, when it appears in a list of available networks. Use the term UB Secure when writing an article; do not expand UB in the term UB Secure.

UBUnix

UBUnix is an operating system available at the University at Buffalo.

When using the term in an article, remember that UBUnix is a single word, and that the Unix in the word starts with a capitalized U.

Wings

Wings is the name of a Web hosting service in which units and groups officially affiliated with the University at Buffalo can host websites.

Wings is also known as the UB Central Web Hosting Service.

IT Terminology

Term Description
Ethernet

Ethernet is a family of technologies used to make wired network connections, including Ethernet cables.

When using the term in an article, remember that the first E is always capitalized. Note that Ethernet is a broad term, not a brand name.

IMAP

Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP) is an Internet standard protocol that allows an email client to access email on a remote server. IMAP does not remove the messages from the server when it is used.

When using the acronym in an article, it is not necessary to expand it.

POP

Post Office Protocol (POP) is an Internet standard protocol that allows an email client to download email from a remote server. By default, POP removes the messages from the server when email is accessed.

When using the acronym in an article, it is not necessary to expand it.

Shibboleth®

Shibboleth® is a software package used at the University at Buffalo to authenticate a user during login to IT services.

Remember to include the trademark symbol ® when using the term in an article.

SMTP

Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) is an Internet standard protocol for transmitting email over online networks.

When using the acronym in an article, it is not necessary to expand it.

TTY

Text Telephone Relay (TTY) is a phone service designed for the benefit of people with hearing disabilities.

When using the term in an article, write Text Telephone Relay (TTY) in the first instance and use TTY subsequently.

Wi-Fi The term Wi-Fi is used at University at Buffalo to denote the wireless networking standards used to connect devices to the Internet. Wi-Fi is a wireless version of a common wired Ethernet network 802.11x.

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