This document provides an overview of the most commonly used Humanities Computing services as well as some of the most commonly requested information. Tech savvy users looking for more detailed information about some of these services may want to consult the Technology section of the site. Any users who aren't sure which services might be appropriate for their need or project should feel free to contact us for recommendations.

Contact Us

Contact Phone773.702.6085 
Office Location6030 S. Ellis Ave, in Edelstone Center, Room 247  
Business HoursMonday-Friday, from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m  

Desktop Support

The Desktop Support group is the first point of contact for all issues affecting computers, mobile devices, and other equipment used by members of the Humanities Division. We provide the following services to Humanities faculty, staff, and graduate students working with faculty on research projects:

  • Providing desktop support and troubleshooting for software and hardware problems
  • Answering queries related to technology within as well as outside the University
  • Maintaining and replacing individual computers for faculty and staff
  • Offering general advice on software and hardware purchases
  • Assisting in the purchase of computing equipment for faculty research projects
  • Issuing loaner laptops in the case of computer malfunction
  • Issuing loaner desktops to visiting faculty
  • Offering a data backup solution through partnership with ITS
  • Providing limited support of faculty research projects
  • Helping faculty and staff use resources and tools provided by Humanities Computing as well as the various services provided by ITS and other IT partners

If in doubt about where to turn for help, please do not hesitate to email us at or call us at 773.702.6085. We will be able to help you or direct you to the right resource.

File Storage

Staff & Administrative Files

Staff & administrative files are stored on the IT Services run Tank storage server. This consists of a networked drive that all Divisional administrative staff and faculty can access by mounting on their desktop. The primary purpose for this storage is:

  • Secure sensitive data produced by administrative staff throughout the Division by removing it from local machines.
  • Store all "work and work-related" files of administrative Staff.
  • Streamline the sharing of data between individuals and groups across the Division.

Additionally, the University now has a service through Box that provides up to 50GB of private or collaborative/sharable storage for staff, faculty, and students.

Faculty & Research Files

Humanities Computing can help faculty determine which storage service (Box, the IT Services Vault Collaborative Storage Services, the Research Computing Center Storage Systems, etc) is most appropriate for your project.

Web Sites

Humanities Computing develops and maintains the Division's public facing web sites. This includes the Divisional site, departmental sites, and sites for events, research projects, conferences, faculty profiles, and affiliated groups. If you have any questions or comments about your Humanities website, or need a new site created for a Humanities-related group or project, please contact us.

Accessing your Humanities website

Please contact us if you are unsure what type of site you have (include the URL in your message).

WordPress based sites (Lucian)

Access ProtocolHTTPS (Web Browser)
Login Page
UsernameCNetID (or email address for users without CNetIDs)
PasswordCNetID credentials (or local WordPress password for users without CNetIDs)
Notes/RestrictionsNon-CNetID users may use the lost password link on the login page to reset a forgotten password.

Drupal based sites

Access ProtocolHTTPS (Web Browser)
Login Page
UsernameCNetID (or email address for users without CNetIDs)
PasswordCNetID credentials (or local Drupal password for users without CNetIDs)
Notes/RestrictionsThe login URL is specific to each site, make sure you add the name of the site you want to edit to the URL. Non-CNetID users may use the lost password link on the login page to reset a forgotten password.

Static HTML based sites (no PHP / CGI)

Access ProtocolSFTP
Login Pages
PasswordCNetID credentials
Notes/RestrictionsAccess requires a CNetID. This server is hosted by IT Services, Humanities Computing has no direct control over it.

Custom hosted sites (Seamonster, PHP / CGI)

Access ProtocolSFTP
Login Pages
UsernameCNetID (or email address for users without CNetIDs)
PasswordSSH public key authentication
Notes/RestrictionsCNetID passwords are used for privilege escalation if your user has

Custom hosted sites (Naucrates, PHP / CGI)

Access ProtocolSFTP or SSH
Login Pages or ssh://
UsernameCNetID (or email address for users without CNetIDs)
PasswordCNetID credentials (or SSH public key for users without CNetIDs
Notes/RestrictionsCNetID users may optionally use SSH public key authentication if they would prefer.

Humanities Hosted Website Options

Degree Granting Departments

Humanities Computing hosts and maintains all websites for degree granting departments. In addition to the primary site, we also can provide smaller independent sites for departmental blogs, conferences symposia, and other events or projects that the department may be sponsoring. Most departmental websites are built on the Drupal content management system. Please contact us if you need access to edit your departmental site, need help using the software, want to make more extensive customizations to your site, want to create a new blog/conference site, or have another question or concern about departmental websites.

Faculty & Research Projects

For Humanities faculty we provide WordPress based websites suitable for personal profile and research pages, conferences & events you are organizing, and small research projects. For larger or more involved research projects or more unique personal profile needs, we also run a Drupal and more generic LAMP hosting platform. Please contact us to request a WordPress site or if you have specific needs or questions about the web hosting options for research projects.

Centers and Affiliated Groups

For Centers and other Humanities related groups we offer a Computing Affiliate Program that allows access to a number of the Division's web related hosting resources.


For public facing calendars, the Humanities Division uses IT Service's UChicagoEvents system. These calendars show up at the central level at, on the Division wide calendars at, and on the calendars on individual department websites. Every Humanities department has a UChicagoEvents calendar. Department coordinators and other authorized staff can add and manage events by logging in to the UChicagoEvents editing interface. If you are given an access denied error and think you should have access to edit your department's calendar please contact Humanities Computing and we'll get it figured out.


Wikis are collaboratively edited informational web sites. The Humanities Division uses Wikis for various documentation purposes like this Divisional Resources Wiki as well as smaller wikis for departmental handbooks, internal departmental documentation, research projects, and other collaborative sites. Wiki's for your department or project can be created free of charge at the IT Services run

Administrative Applications

Web Applications

Humanities Computing develops and hosts web and FileMaker based administrative applications for both division wide systems and department specific ones. Our web based applications can be accessed via using your CNetID credentials. Once logged in the Humanities administrative application server will present a list of applications that you have access to. If you believe you should have access to a specific application (especially if you've recently started) please contact Humanities Computing.

Access ProgramWeb Browser (FireFox, Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer)
PasswordCNetID credentials
Notes/RestrictionsHumAdm uses Shibboleth single sign-on for access so you may be logged in automatically if you have logged into another shibboleth service recently.

FileMaker Applications

The division also maintains FileMaker servers for legacy FileMaker based applications. If you are unsure which server your application is on or need help connecting to FileMaker systems please contact the desktop support help desk.

Manta Ray (FileMaker Server)

Access ProgramFileMaker Pro version 14 or later
PasswordCNetID credentials
Notes/RestrictionsFileMaker access is available only to on-campus or VPN users