2. Upgrading our Mailing List Service
This internship is to explore requirements and options for an upgrade of the Linux-based electronic mail list service. Krzysztof will work alongside members of the Systems Development and Support Section, who are a largely Linux-based team responsible for running many of the University's central IT services.
In this 8-week project Krzysztof will liaise with selected University members to gather user requirements, investigate available mail list management packages, and develop a demonstration install of a preferred solution.
Krzysztof Iłowiecki joined the Systems Development and Support Section for 8 weeks during the Long Vacation 2010 to undertake the first stage of an upgrade to the University email list service (maillist.ox.ac.uk).
Krzysztof gathered input for the revised service design from a number of sources and then looked at services and software products that offer email list capabilities and which would be suitable for use within our infrastructure. Mailman, Sympa, and SubEtha were shorlisted with Sympa finally being chosen as the software used to build a demonstrator. Building the demonstrator allowed Krzysztof to identify any opportunities and pitfalls during the application deployment and configuration, and carry out development relating to a key unsupported area - integration with Oxford's identity and access management services. He gave a detailed technical report to the Systems Development and Support Section who will be tasked with carrying out the service upgrade in 2011.
Both Krzysztof and the Systems Development and Support team felt that the internship had been a great success. Krzysztof had been able to meet all of the original project objectives, exceeding expectations of the breadth and depth with which each task was covered. It had been a good opportunity for Krzysztof to gain experience of working in an University IT service team, and to work with a variety of people within OUCS and the wider University. The project had produced tangible and valuable results which will form the basis of the email list service upgrade.