Recommended Systems and Services

Recommended Systems and Services
esembrat3 Mon, 12/15/2014 - 13:28

This section contains information on web related systems and services recommended by the campus IT administration or your fellow campus web developers.

Note: OIT Web Hosting, and Professional Web Presence [PWP] now have their own section (Web Hosting Solutions) in the handbook.

Recommended Systems and Services Sub-Topics

Georgia Tech Mercury: News and Events Aggregation

Georgia Tech Mercury: News and Events Aggregation
esembrat3 Wed, 01/28/2015 - 14:41

Mercury (Hg) is a central repository for sharing events and news at Georgia Tech.  It can provide news and events feeds to websites hosted on our campus web servers within the campus network, but cannot provide feeds to off-campus servers.

The basic concept for using Mercury is that a campus unit will have a news and events group created on the Mercury server (  The unit can then add the Mercury Hg Reader module to their website to pull news and events from their Mercury group and display those items on their web pages.

Ample documentation on Mercury can be found on the Georgia Tech Drupal User's Group website:

Conference Website Solutions

Conference Website Solutions
root Fri, 12/12/2014 - 14:01

There are multiple services, platforms, and options for developing a conference/event registration website.


Drupal Installation

Eric, we’ve used Drupal for this sort of thing (just did a conference this week). Registration is done via WebForm, with email confirmations. Payment is then forwarded to a Georgia Tech implementation of Touchnet’s Marketplace Upay site we setup for the specific conference.--  A pretty simple site with 2-3 forms wouldn’t be that bad to do J.

Conference Organizing Distribution

There is a conference organizing distribution (COD) of Drupal that comes pre-built with modules, features, and views for event registrations. This is used for DrupalCamp Atlanta.

On Campus

On campus (non-Drupal) resources.

GTPE Conference Services

Georgia Tech Professional Education (GTPE) offers full conference service planning for both on and offsite:  including contracting, planning and registration management here at GTPE.  I’d have to check on the international status for payments but we process them all of the time. See the attached flyer.  If you would like to discuss further, I can meet with you and/or chat sometime next week.

GTPE can help with conference registration.  We have an established relationship with RegOnline that is already integrated with Touchnet, and managing conferences and events is one of our businesses.  While the service is not free, it may save you a significant amount of time and headaches.  Please give Greg Stenzoski in our registration dept a call at 5-3543 if you are interested and he can point you in the right direction.


Bursar's Marketplace


Forms and Surveys

Forms and Surveys
esembrat3 Wed, 01/07/2015 - 12:36

This page details recommended services and applications for forms, surveys, and questionnaires.


Qualtrics is a hosted commercial survey solution that has been licensed by Georgia Tech for campus use.


LimeSurvey is available on OIT Webhosting via Installatron.

Short URLs with Georgia Tech Bitly (

Short URLs with Georgia Tech Bitly (
afrank30 Tue, 03/10/2015 - 10:26

Georgia Tech maintains a subscription to the Bitly whereby any "" link submitted to the Bitly service will be shortened to a Georgia Tech branded bit link.  Learn how to make a short, Georgia Tech branded web address using



Summary:  Browse to Paste in the "" based URL or the Office 365 URL you wish to shorten. Click "Shorten". Your Georgia Tech branded shortened link will be displayed to you, and you should click on "Copy" to copy it to your clipboard.

Detailed Process

  1. Browse to
  2. Paste in the "" based URL or the Office 365 URL you wish to shorten.
  3. Click "Shorten".
  4. Your Georgia Tech branded shortened link will be displayed to you, and you should click on "Copy" to copy it to your clipboard.


  • This procedure can be used for any '' based URL or any URL from Office 365 OneDrive or SharePoint Online.
  • You should record this shorten URL as you will not be able to retrieve it later from Bitly, but you can always create another one.
  • You can use this process for non-Georgia Tech websites as well, but you will not receive a Georgia Tech branded shortened URL.

Video Captioning and Audio Transcription Services

Video Captioning and Audio Transcription Services
esembrat3 Wed, 02/18/2015 - 14:52

These systems and services deal with transcription of audio content and captioning of video content, per Georgia Tech's requirements.

The groups, services, and providers below have worked with Georgia Tech previously or currently on transcription and captioning services.


AMAC is a Georgia Tech entity operated by the College of Architecture that provides accessibility support to the entire University System of Georgia. However, its services are also made available to entities outside of the university system on a subscription basis.  For a summary of AMACs captioning and transcription services, please see our main page on AMAC.


Per 3PlayMedia's website, the company has provided captioning and transcription services with the Distance Learning unit on campus. was recommended by a contact within one of the schools on campus for video transcription and captioning.

For pricing information, see their How It Works page.

Third Eye Media

Still waiting on content details from Institute Communications.


More information to be provided in the future.

WReally Transcribe

More information to be provided in the future.


YouTube can add transcripts and captions to each video. However, you should never use just the automated captioning service for video. For most audio, it is unusable and produces incorrect results.

To add transcriptions and captions to YouTube videos, follow this YouTube guide. You can add captions in three different ways:

  • Create new subtitles and captions from scratch.
  • Transcribe the video on the fly.
  • Import a text document with the transcript or captions.