Center for Information Technology Services

Home > CITS > Communications > Archives > Newsletter > archive september 2003 > Page 7

RDW - Continued

This feature allows you to display the grant's demographic information along with links to:

  • Project Activity
  • Animal Information
  • Hazardous Material Information
  • Keyword Information
  • Funding Agency Information

Using the Keyword Search feature, you are able to enter up to ten keywords by which to search for grants. A list of grants is returned for those that contain any of the keywords entered.

Getting Started with the RDW
In order to begin using RDW, there are a few steps to follow. First, determine your RDW access needs by working with the Office of Research and Development. You may choose to access specific grant information or do keyword searches against the RDW via the Web, or you may choose to access the RDW via a variety of standard reports that can be run using Crystal Reports. Follow the steps below depending upon your access needs:

1. To obtain RDW Web access:
 Submit a "Request for Web Access to ORD-Research Data Warehouse (RDW)" form to the Office of Research and Development. The form and instructions for completing it are found on the ORD web page.

2. To obtain Crystal Reports access:
 Submit a "Request for Crystal Reports Access to ORD-Research Data Warehouse (RDW)" form to the Office of Research and Development. The form and instructions for completing it are found on the ORD web page. To run the reports, the user must have a Windows-based PC with a Crystal runtime file installed by CITS. To be able to create your own ad-hoc reports, it will be necessary for you to acquire a copy of Crystal Reports, and to work with ORD and CITS to work out the logistics for enabling ad-hoc reporting.
 Requesting CITS to develop new reports can be done via the ORD Task Request form. The task request form is posted on the ORD web page for user access. Completed forms are sent to the Office of Research and Development (ORD), George Garrity, 5th Floor, Lombard Building or e-mailed to .

Getting Help
For forms and instructions needed to gain access to the data warehouse, see the ORD Web page at For additional help, contact the ASC Help Desk at 410-706-HELP; email .

Telecom Group Fights Spam!

The CITS Network/ Telecommunications/ Security group ("Telecom" for short) is responsible for so many areas of technical support that a single name does not do them justice. As part of their duties they maintain the campus email gateway, through which pass the 120,000 or so emails that come and go from our campus daily. And they have noticed that each year more and more of those emails are of the unsolicited or "junk-mail" variety commonly called "Spam."

By utilizing DNS-BL, the "blacklisting" service maintained by the Domain Name System global network of servers, the Telecom group is able to delete up to 40% of all emails coming to the campus from known "spammers" before they clutter our inboxes. Deleting the Spam before it gets to the campus saves Internet bandwidth as well as storage and backup costs.

They have also begun trying to eliminate Spam to users by implementing filters on the campus email servers that provide virus protection. You may have noticed emails addressed to you and prefaced with the label "Spam:" before the subject name. If you completely trust the filtering program to make this determination for you, you can probably set your email client program (e.g., Outlook) to automatically move such emails from your Inbox into Deleted Items without even bothering to present them to you. You can still rescue them from there if you change your mind, or just Select All and Delete.

What else can YOU do to help fight Spam? Here are some suggestions from the experts:

  • Be careful when filling out forms on websites. If you are asked to supply your email address, check that site's privacy statement regarding the information you supply. Unless you know the company and are sure that they will not sell or pass their mailing list off to just anyone, refuse any requests for additional information to be sent to you.
  • It may be that you have subscribed yourself to some mailing list inadvertently and can stop the emails by simply clicking a link at the bottom of an unwelcome email to unsubscribe from any future communications from the same source.
  • Telecom maintains their own list of spammers on the mail servers to block Spam that has somehow slipped through the filters. You may submit the name and email address of a Spammer to and have the sender added to this extra Spam-blocking list.

The Network and Telecommunications Group thanks you for your help in trying to stop unwanted emails. For further information about their services, how to contact them, and more, see their website at: .