Preserving your Digital Life

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Preserve your digital life.

When I sat down to write about personal digital preservation I wasn’t sure where to start. I looked for a statistic telling how much data the average person produces each day, but I couldn’t find the exact answer to that question. I found an infographic from 2012 showing how much data is generated in one minute. It’s a crazy amount!

For example, every minute in 2012:

  • We were uploading 48 hours of YouTube videos.
  • We sent 100,00 tweets.
  • We shared over 680,000 pieces of content on Facebook.

See the infographic for the other numbers. If you like that kind of thing, you should visit the Internet Live Stats site.

The bottom line is that we are producing a lot of digital artifacts. I think of an artifact as something a human being produces that expresses some aspect of their humanity. If you think your digital creations are important, you’ll want to be able to see or hear them in the years to come.

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Using Office 365 at IU

IU students, faculty, and staff can now access Office 365 at no cost. Office 365 provides multiple options for accessing Office 2016 for Windows and OS X.  You can download the Office applications to your desktop and use cloud-based Office Online apps, and mobile apps for your smartphone or tablet.  You can install Office on up to five PCs or Macs, five tablets (Windows, iPad, and Android), and five phones.

Getting Started

To access Office 365,  go to Enter your username and passphrase when prompted. Click “Install now” to start the download. Notice that boxes are checked indicating that you will be making Bing your default search engine, and MSN your browser homepage. If you don’t want this to happen, deselect the boxes.

Screenshot of Office 2016 install page.

Screenshot of Office 2016 install page.


Run the download installation package and follow the on-screen directions. See the KB article “About Microsoft Office 365” for more information. Once you’ve installed Office, you will have to sign in to your Office 365 account at least once every 30 days to keep the software activated.


Office 365 includes:

  • Office 2016 for Windows and OS X
  • Office Mobile apps for your smartphone or tablet
  • Office Online
  • OneDrive for Business (Learn more about OneDrive for Business here).

With the Office Online suite, you can create and edit files using lightweight versions of Office applications via your web browser. The Office Online apps include Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneDrive, and OneNote. The Office Mobile apps are scaled-down versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. Learn how to access Office Mobile apps here.

More Software

IU students, faculty, and staff have access to numerous low and no-cost software titles. Read the KB article “At IU, how can I get university-licensed software?” to find out how to get it! And remember to check out the IT Training website when you’re ready to learn how to use your new software.


7. EPUB: Manage flow with the Articles Panel and Text Wrap—(or getting things in the right place)

ePulishing: Manage glow with Articles Panel and Text Wrap

When your document is ready to be exported, you may find that the exporting process will produce unexpected results. This happens because InDesignArticle panel graphic 1 will look at the frames on your page from left to right and then from top to bottom. Depending on how your frames are located on your page, you may find that an item that was in the middle of your page ends up at the bottom. Here is an example:

Note that there are four frames in this document, one for the title, one for the upper graphic, on for the text and one for the lower graphic.

With this document as it is, let’s export it as an EPUB without any adjustments. We will save it to a folder on our computer naming it something appropriate, like Chapter 1. Then go to File>Export (choose HTML for the Save as type)


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6. Working with an InDesign Book

ePublishing: Working with an InDesign Book

If you have a long document in InDesign that has a number of chapters, you might consider breaking each chapter into a separate document and compile them in an InDesign Book.

A Book file allows you to organize documents as a group for easier management of output-related tasks like exporting to PDF.  When you create a book, you don’t see the entire contents of the book in InDesign. You see it in totality when you print or export to PDF or EPUB.

To create a book file, first locate all the files you want to use in the book. It is always best to put these in the same folder, because the Book panel links to the documents, and you don’t want to have trouble finding the documents in your book.

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Explore Your Learning Options

Learning options

You may have heard that IU’s contract with ends on June 30th. If you really can’t do without lynda, you can read about other ways to access the service by visiting the ‘Ways to still access lynda’ page. For those interested in other options available to the IU community, read on.

Learn on your own with our workshop materials

IU students, faculty, and staff can download PDF versions of our workshop materials for free. You can also download the accompanying exercise files for each workshop. Just visit the ‘Download Materials & Exercise Files‘ page and log in with your IU username and passphrase.

Watch IT Training recorded webinars

Check out the ‘Recorded Webinars and Tutorials’ page to find recorded sessions on topics ranging from Acrobat to WordPress. When you click a webinar link, you’ll be prompted to log-in to Connect with your IU account. You can learn more about Adobe Connect by viewing this IU Knowledge Base document.

Take a Microsoft eLearning course

Try online-based, self-paced elearning courses on Microsoft Windows, Office, Groove, InfoPath, Project, Lync, Sharepoint, and Visio. They’re free for IU students, faculty, and staff. You can even earn certificates by completing courses successfully. Learn more by visiting the ‘Microsoft eLearning Courses’ page.

Check out books and videos from Books 24×7 IT Pro

IU’s Libraries offer free access to the Books 24×7 IT Pro collection. This service, offered by Skillsoft,  offers access to online books and short videos on a wide range of desktop applications and advanced technology topics. Go to the ‘Books 24×7 IT Pro’ page to start using this resource.

Get advanced training with EdCert

EdCert, or Education Certification, is a UITS sponsored program aimed at delivering high-quality advanced technical training to departmental computing support providers, technical staff,  IU students, and faculty who teach advanced technology topics in their academic classes.  EdCert courses prepare you to take industry standard professional certification exams as well.

Try Skillsoft and Pluralsight at discounted prices

Skillsoft offers training in topics such as Information Technology, business, legal compliance and more. Courses come in video format, e-books, and mentoring. Training for industry standard certification is also available. Visit the ‘Skillsoft‘ page to learn more.

Pluralsight features training in advanced technical and creative design topics including Android, animation, Business Intelligence, 3D rendering, iOS, networking, programming, server admin, SharePoint, Tableau, video and more. Find out more on our ‘Pluralsight’ page.

Take an IT Training workshop or webinar

Don’t forget our instructor-led webinars and hands-on workshops where you can learn Microsoft Office applications, Adobe software, web development, programming, and a lot more.

Make sure to take advantage of all IT Training has to offer. Keep checking this blog for more training tips, and please do contact us if you have any questions or suggestions.

5. Creating a Table of Contents Using InDesign Paragraph Styles

ePublishing: Creating a Table of Contents using InDesign Paragraph Styles

This article is part of a series about creating and publishing reflowable electronic publication (EPUB) documents from InDesign files. Reflowable EPUBs are the most popular e-reader format for digital books and magazines, allowing the reader to optimize the content depending on the display device.

For long InDesign documents, it is important to know how to create a table of contents.

There are actually many options for making a table of contents;  EPUB typically uses heading styles for table of contents items. In this article, we will choose the simplest scenario: using paragraph styles. Accordingly, before you generate a table of contents, there are a number of things you have to do.

First, in the Paragraph Styles panel, manage your styles carefully.

  1. Insert headings and subheadings at all key points. Decide which heading style levels should be included in your TOC, and then make sure that these styles are applied to all appropriate headings in your document or book.
  2. In your document, design paragraph styles with the desired look in your TOC.  Include different sizes, indents, tab stops, bolding, and dot leaders if you want them.
  3. You won’t apply these TOC styles directly in your document, so after creating them, either delete the text or apply another style to text you used to create them. The styles will remain in your Paragraph Styles Panel and will be available for you to apply when you separately create and place the TOC from the Menu bar.

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Hurry up with your Canvas migration. It is easy!

Oncourse becomes retired on August 30, 2016. If you haven’t moved your Oncourse data by then, you may be making much more work for yourself than you need to. The Canvas Migration Tool should be used by February 2017. Best feature about the migration tool is that it puts a copy of your migrated data in Canvas, leaving the Oncourse version still available.

I’m an adjunct instructor for SPEA, and wanted to move my own course data from Oncourse into Canvas. Allow me share my own experiences, and the resources that were most valuable to me, as I migrated my own course data. Overall, I found the process to be very well documented, and easy to perform.

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4. Preparing your InDesign document for EPUB

ePublishing: Preparing your document for EPUB

This article is part of a series about creating and publishing reflowable electronic publication (EPUB) documents from InDesign files. Reflowable EPUBs are the most popular e-reader format for digital books and magazines, allowing the reader to optimize the content depending on the display device.

As you create a reflowable EPUB from your finished InDesign file, the most important thing is to make it navigable and to make sure that pictures and other elements travel along with their accompanying text instead of getting orphaned somewhere that makes no sense.

There are a few ways you need to prepare your InDesign document for EPUB export:

  • First, always use InDesign’s Paragraph, Character, and Object styles. These are the signposts that EPUB export uses to make your document unified, consistent, and navigable.
  • Second, decide on the order of your elements. Keep stories connected, flowing from frame to frame and from page to page.
  • Third, anchor every image to its related text so it moves correspondingly as it reflows. No text wrap can be applied in EPUB, so use not Text Wrap specs in the document you are preparing to export.

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3. About eBooks

ePublishing: About eBooks

This article is part of a series about creating and publishing reflowable electronic publication (EPUB) documents from InDesign files. Reflowable EPUBs are the most popular e-reader format for digital books and magazines, allowing the reader to optimize the content depending on the display device.

An eBook is a digital version of a book. This can be as simple as a PDF format, which can be read on a computer or any of the various ereaders. A big difference between the two is that a PDF-format eBook is not reflowable, as are some other formats such as .EPUB, .AZW, and .MOBI. Of these, the .EPUB format is the most widely accepted eBook standard. Interestingly, the generic definition of “eBook” has evolved to its current definition of any electronic book, whether it is in the PDF format or EPUB format.

What are these eBook formats?

  • .EPUB is readable on most devices, including Kindle Fire. This eBook format is actually a .ZIP archive that contains what is in effect an entire website including HTML files, images, CSS style sheets and other assets. It uses HTML5 so publications can contain video, audio, and interactivity, just like websites in modern browsers. The EPUB format is quickly becoming the publishing industry standard for eBooks because its ability to make the content of a book “reflowable” to whatever device is used.

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Screenshot of the website header, with the caption "Answers to questions about IT at IU."Need help with computing or technology at IU? You can (and should) have the Support Center on speed dial. They’re available 24/7 to answer questions. That means if you’re having trouble submitting an assignment in Canvas at 4am, you should call the Support Center (and not, for example, your instructor!).

Perhaps, though, you (like me) sometimes like to try to solve things on your own. It just so happens that Indiana University has an amazing help repository, and you may not be aware that you can search it directly. It’s name? The Knowledge Base, aka the KB. Read the rest of “ The best kept secret at IU” »