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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University September 10, 2007 | Vol. 37 No. 2
New URL Lets You Take Shortcuts

Web portal offers one-stop entry for JHU users

By Greg Rienzi
The Gazette

Goodbye JHED, say hello to myJohnsHopkins.

On Sept. 27, the long-standing Johns Hopkins Enterprise Directory Web site will be retired and its features moved to a new internal Johns Hopkins Web portal conceived as a one-stop-shop for university and health system online services and content, such as the staff directory, e-mail and electronic time sheets.

MyJohnsHopkins also delivers targeted announcements, event information and Web-based tools predetermined by the user's institutional and divisional affiliations. University students and employees will use, and health system employees will use

The portal, which was developed over the last year, requires just a single login to access all its features. Once logged in, a university employee, for example, can change his or her Johns Hopkins password, search the directory and access a JHEM e-mail account, e210 electronic time sheet and J-Share, the Web-based utility that allows users to upload, download and share files. The portal also includes a tab linked to library information.

Not only will the site be useful at your desk, its designers said, but the portal will make it easier to access online tools and services remotely. If you still want to do it the old-fashioned way, individual URLs like will continue to be active.

The portal's homepage features a series of tabs for all the online tools, in addition to windows containing daily announcements, local weather, an events calendar and a bookmarks feature for frequently visited sites. Directory information can now be found on the portal under the "myJHED" tab, which offers the same search features as the original JHED Web site.

Theron Feist, Johns Hopkins portal project manager and Web architect with Enterprise Integration Services, said that the roots of the portal can be traced back to the desire of Johns Hopkins undergraduates for a single online home. Feist said that a number of faculty and staff also questioned the need for separate sites for administrative functions such as time sheets and e-mail accounts, which require separate logins.

"We wanted to integrate a lot of these services in a central, easy-to-remember address for faculty, staff and students," Feist said. "We also wanted the site to deliver more targeted information to each user. One of the biggest complaints I've heard from people was the idea of information overload, such as receiving broadcast e-mails that are not relevant to them."

Feist said that users will be able to customize their portals, such as by adding tools, moving windows and hiding some features, though not all functions are active yet. He described the portal as a work-in-progress and said it will undergo many tweaks to appearance and functionality during the coming weeks and months. "We understand that it still has some bugs, and we want to collaborate with users to improve it.

"What you see now is really the tip of the iceberg," he said. "We are still understanding all of the possibilities with this portal, and we need to get more feedback to see what additional features we might want to add."

Feist said one likely addition would be a "mySupport" tab for information technology assistance.

He said that with the JHED retirement deadline rapidly approaching, now is a good time to acquaint yourself with myJohnsHopkins — and to rethink the need for all those Johns Hopkins-related bookmarks in your Web browser.


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