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Western Social Science   Winter 2014
Volume 16, Issue 1
Window 7 Migration Status

Windows 7 Migration Status


The countdown is on to Windows XP End of Life scheduled for April 8, 2014.  SSC Windows XP users need to contact the Social Science Network and Data Services (SSNDS) main office at
ext. 82152, or email to schedule a date and time to have your computer migrated  More...

Retiring Student SSCNET Access

SSC Remote Access Servers   SSC remote access servers are being retired. Access for undergraduate students will be terminated February 18, 2014, and they are encouraged to use MyVLab.  Access termination dates for graduate students will be announced pending software availability.  More...

Software License Purchases

Software License Purchases   When you purchase software licenses for your Western-owned computer, please scan a copy of the license and send it to  This will help us be prepared for future audits, and will also allow us to help you if your computer requires reinstallation or replacement.

Data Classification and Security

Data Classification and Security   Standards for data security have been recently posted on Western's Information Security website. These standards apply to all staff, students, faculty, vendors and contractors. There are examples to help you classify your data, and instructions for handling the data securely. This data includes student records, employee data, and research data to name a few. Each unit is responsible for ensuring that the minimum standards of data handling and security are met. The cycle of managing your data can be found on the Western Security web site.
For more information regarding your responsibilities to protect our data see the section on Information Governance.

Windows 8.1 Tips

Windows 8.1 Tips   Windows 8.1 is not fully supported on the SSC Network, but for those of you who already have this operating system on your laptops and personal computers, you might be interested in some tips that will help you find your way around. More...
Did You Know?

The Faculty of Social Science has recently subscribed to an online survey program called Qualtrics. You can get more information or request an account online.
  Software Availability

Are you looking to purchase software? Before you buy, please visit our Software Titles web page to see what is available to you.

  Staff News

We would like to welcome Jeff Blake to our team. Jeff joined us in September, from Dillon Consulting, and he brings with him a wealth of experience in desktop and Windows server support. He filled the role that was vacated when Ali Hammoud retired.