The IT Center of AUTH is responsible for all network and computational infrastructure, and electronic services of the university, as well as the support of university users enjoying these resources. Its activities cover the provisioning, maintenance, operations, upgrades and development of these resources.
The central role of the IT Center is to spread, develop and support of new technological solutions, computing and communications infrastructures within the university. At the same time, it will participate in relevant research and development projects in order to attract funding, conduct applied research and obtain technical expertise. The end goal is to apply this expertise to the educational, research and administrative processes of the university.
Initially, the IT Center will continue to provide all the services that the 4 centers overseen by the Networks and Communications Committee provide today. It will also coordinate the activities of the following departments, at a strategic and technological level:
- Directorate of Computerization
- Department of Computerization of the AUTH Research Committee
- Office of Technology of the AUTH Central Library
and of the following centers.
Network Operations Centre (NOC)
The Network Operations Centre (NOC) is responsible for managing and operating the data network and network services of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
The Network Operations Centre provides:
- Broadband connection among computers at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and Internet connectivity,
- Important e-infrastructure for the university [Single Sign-On system, listing in the Aristotle University directory, Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), webpage hosting, virtual server infrastructure - storage],
- Infrastructure to support the main services of the university, such as computer labs, e-secretary (e-university), library services, as well as other services, such as textbook selection and ordering through the online “Eudoxus” system, and issuing student cards,
- Basic network services to members of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki through the use of an Institutional Account (e-mail, webpages, WiFi, personal digital certificates),
- Advanced network services, such as free telephone calls using IP (Voice over IP), video broadcast, video conferencing and e-learning, technical assistance and training addressed to all university network users, along with the necessary tools and training to solve relevant problems.
All members of the Aristotle University (staff and students) are entitled to an Institutional User Account, which provides them with access to the above electronic services.
The Data Network Operations Regulation of the Aristotle University regulates the provision of the above services. The Network Operations Centre recommends, implements, and monitors, at a technical level, the network policy drawn up by the Aristotle University, operating under the supervision of the Communication Networks and Informatics Steering Committee.
Information Technology Centre (ITC)
The Information Technology Centre (ICT) of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki provides the academic community with daily support with regards to information computer technology.
The Information Technology Centre provides the following services:
- Technical support
- Software distribution
- Computer laboratories support
- Management and supervision of the main Computer Lab of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, located in the Central Library building
- Access to central computer systems
- Central computer backup
- Monitoring of central equipment maintenance contracts
- Monitoring, maintenance and efficient operation contracts of the Registrar’s Offices of the Aristotle University (Integrated Student Information System)
- Remote management services of computer systems
- Equipment (projectors, laptops, etc.)
- Educational activities / seminars
With regards to e-University services, further key responsibilities of the Information Technology Centre include:
- Supporting the infrastructure and services of the electronic Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (related to student welfare)
- Ensuring that the Registrar’s Offices implement the security framework for the services of the electronic university
- Providing support to the Administration of the Aristotle University with regards to quality issues, collective statistical data and academic reports (Quality Assurance Unit, Internal Evaluation Groups of the Schools, Department of Studies, Department of European Studies, Statistical Documentation Department, etc.)
- Providing technical support and managing the accounts of the administrative personnel employed at the Registrar’s Offices of the Aristotle University through the “Cl@rity” programme
- Providing support to the Registrar’s Offices of the Aristotle University with regard to the online “Eudoxus” system for textbook selection and ordering.
Telecommunications Centre (TC)
The Telecommunications Centre is responsible for managing and administering the operation of the telecommunications network of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki; that is, it monitors the implementation of the specifications of a unified cable infrastructure, the installation and operation of active equipment, and the development, installation and maintenance of the telecommunications network services. The Telecommunications Centre is responsible for redesigning and upgrading the telematics network, in accordance with advances in technology and the technical and economic capacity of the university, within the framework of the general policy drawn up by the Communication Networks and Informatics Steering Committee of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. The Telecommunications Centre is also responsible for the video conferencing/e-learning rooms of the Aristotle University, offering modern video conferencing/e-learning services to all members of the academic community.
The primary objective of the Centre is to offer advanced services to all members of the academic community, while constantly upgrading current services and deploying new ones that will facilitate addressing the administrative and academic tasks of everyone working at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
The main services offered by the Telecommunications Centre are the following ones:
- Advanced digital telephony services
- Help desk
- E-learning and video conferencing
- Issuing personal authorization codes to be used for long distance and international calls
- Checking talk time and issuing bimonthly phone bills
- Keeping and updating the on-line telephone directory
Technical features / Information:
- The call centre of the Aristotle University uses the Avaya Communications Manager 4.0 system, which allows VoIP. The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki is the only institution in Greece using such technology.
- Its system allows 55000 internal calls and the connection of up to 64 call centres.
- It supports up to 2000 IP line groups and up to 500 ISDN PRI line groups
- The e-learning/video conferencing rooms of the Aristotle University, the first ones installed in Greece in 1998, have recently been upgraded (2010).
- Multipoint conferencing equipment and devices are available in each room, connecting up to 9 sites.
Scientific Computing Centre (SCC)
The Scientific Computing Centre (SCC) operates within the framework of the Communication Networks and Informatics Steering Committee of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, with the aim to provide computing services to the research community of the university. The Centre opened in 2002, developing and implementing grid technologies at the Aristotle University. Since 2006, the Centre has been providing scientific computing services at an institutional, national and international level. The Centre also participates in national and international actions regarding the design and implementation of high performance computing infrastructure and cloud computing infrastructure.
The Centre focuses mainly on:
- Providing computing services at an institutional, national and international level,
- Developing and administering the operation of computing infrastructure and tools for scientific data management and applications,
- Informing, training and supporting users with regard to the use of scientific applications and scientific data management through the computing infrastructure provided,
- Representing the Aristotle University in national and international events related to scientific computing,
- Ensuring interconnection and interoperation with larger scale national and international infrastructure.
The personnel of the four Centres consist of computer network and communication engineers (full-time and part-time employees) and undergraduate students (trainees or part-time employees). The Centres are funded by the regular budget of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, the Research Committee, European Union programmes in which it participates, as well as programmes regarding the provision of services to third parties of the Greek academic community.
Semantic Web Unit (SWU)
The objective of the Semantic Web Unit is to utilize the wealth of electronic data of A.U.Th within the Semantic Web - Web3.0 and Linked Data, the promotion of A.U.Th in the global community and its participation in the Open Knowledge society.
The Semantic Web Unit operates under the direct supervision of the Rectorate Authorities since the operation and development of the Semantic Web at A.U.Th. and the participation of A.U.Th. in Linked Data and eGovernment is a prerequisite for the implementation of the communicative strategy of A.U.Th. to the present internationalized Knowledge Society.
For the effective implementation of the above, the SWU has the responsibility to plan and coordinate actions in A.U.Th. for the:
- Design, implementation and operation of the central website of A.U.Th.
- Upgrade of users' personal websites to Web3.0,
- Implementation of Linked Open Data, and customization of e-Governance within the Semantic Web
- Representation of A.U.Th. on the World Wide Web (WWW) in national and international action and Relationships
The Semantic Web Unit-SWU was established by decision of the Rector's Council (No. 1628/2-4-2012), headed by Deputy Rector (Vice-Rector of Economic Planning and Development) Professor Ioannis Pantis, and Deputy Director Professor Ioannis Antoniou.
The Semantic Web Unit is administered by the General Directorate of Technical Services and Computerization of the University.
For further information with regard to the Semantic Web Unit, you can visit the website http://www.swu.auth.gr.
For more information about how you can access some of the above services visit the webpage https://www.auth.gr/en/e-auth.