I couldn't agree more with Lev's Blogging and (IT) Project Management entry. Blog@Case gives us the opportunity to blow open the doors. To make University IT more open and transparent. All the people I work with are very passionate about what they do and are dedicated to making sure Case is a top tier University. We are not interested in treading water or being average; we want to do cool and exciting things. And, we do!
Unfortunately, it is not always communicated. You probably didn't know we were working on Blog@Case or Lists@Case. You might not know that, right now, at this very second, we are setting up the infrastructure for Federated Identity and a real Single Sign On framework (based around Pubcookie). (Not to mention the stuff that OneCleveland is up to.) We're also working on ways to leverage course data so that automatic per-course mailing lists and per-course blogs can be generated.
But, most of the time, we're only noticed when the mail system crashes.
Blog@Case gives us the chance to change all of that and effectively communicate at a better level. And, I would urge all the people at ITS to, at least, give it a shot. Write about your projects. Write about your hobbies. Write about projects you think should get started. Write about changes you think should be made. Post pictures. Suggest that WWW should give 301 redirects for anything requested
www.case.edu so our Google results straighten out (because they are a mess: compare this to this or this to this). There's a lot of room here to grow and explore.
But, this is just the IT aspect of it. There's a whole other level of interesting things that Blog@Case can be leveraged for: education, research, faculty. There is a growing Internet community based around leveraging weblog technology in Higher Education: EduResources Weblog, EduBlog Insights, Weblogg-ed...
I've anxious to see, once Blog@Case really gets going, how the faculty will begin using it. Harvard's faculty have really taken to it, and I hope ours do, too. Of course, we still have yet to be able to lure Professor Piderit over to us as she seems to post more to her other blog. (Maybe, now that she has taken a liking to del.icio.us, we can entice here with our del.icio.us integration ;) )