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Changes to Find UPI

By Tim J Purkiss, on 25 March 2013

The Find UPI tool, used by support staff across UCL, will be changing soon. Here we document why it’s changing and how it will be different.

Why change?:

Primarily because the existing servers are out of date and will soon be turned off. It’s currently also using non-standard server technology (the existing version of Find UPI was created as a ‘proof-of-concept’ but no other UCL applications are using the same methods).

The new version of Find UPI will be moved to a standard server architecture and will use UCL Single Sign-On (‘Shibboleth’) to manage the login process. This will make it easier for us to support.

Because other aspects of UPI have moved on since Find UPI was created, there will also be changes behind the scenes to make sure that the application conforms to current ISD coding standards and that access to the data is better controlled.

What will be different?:

Find UPI will look slightly different as we will be adopting a standard UCL template for the application. In addition, the data will be presented slightly differently:

Existing Find UPI record:

old-record

Example old Find UPI record

New format record:

new-record

Example new Find UPI record


The main differences, apart from the layout, are:

  • Addition of the main UCL e-mail address for a person.
  • More information about UserIDs, including Status and the e-mail address for an account (useful if a user has more than one account).
  • Associations list no longer includes Telephone and E-mail associations (as telephone number is part of the main record and user account info is in the account table).

Who, What, How and When?

  • April 2013: We will shortly be making User Testing version of the new Find UPI tool available and will be looking for volunteers to try it out.
  • May 2013: We will make the new version available to all registered users as part of our next IDINA applications release.