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UThink will be retired December 2014

Please be advised that University Libraries and University IT will retire the UThink system, and sites within the UThink domain no longer will be available after December 31, 2014.

The decision to retire UThink was based on several factors, including:

  • Reduced usage
    • Overall UThink usage has been decreasing at a steady rate.
    • Since 2008, UThink sites have dropped from 1,000 active sites to 500 currently.
  • Significant security issues
    • There have been increased and consistent attacks by spammers, and battling these spam attacks takes system resources away from more important needs that support the University's mission.
  • There are now a number of more robust and secure U of M-supported technologies and software alternatives to serve the needs currently handled by UThink. Some of these alternatives include:
    • Blogger
    • Google Sites
    • Moodle
    • Enterprise Drupal Content Management System.
Make note of these key dates in the decommission process:
  • After June 30, 2014, the ability to create new blogs or sites on the system will be removed.
  • Existing blogs will be accessible throughout the 2014 spring and fall semesters.
  • Full system decommission December 31, 2014.

You are encouraged to start considering alternatives to UThink now. The Libraries and IT are planning methods for assisting with migrations to new systems. However, you can take advantage of UThink's data export features now. The UThink data export tool will create a text-based file of all your blog's entries and comments. To create an export of your blog,

  1. Login to UThink,
  2. Select your blog
  3. Select Tools -> Export from the Navigation menu.


The Libraries are also investigating new publishing consultation and platform services that may be appropriate for some UThink content, as well as new content (e.g., open access journals). More information regarding these new services will be forthcoming.

We apologize for any inconvenience or disruption due to the decommission. Please let us know if you have any questions or comments.

Shane Nackerud, UThink Project Lead
University Libraries eLearning Support Initiative
snackeru@umn.edu

Steve Nguyen, Service Director
Collaboration and Web Content Services
spn@umn.edu