Microsoft SharePoint is a suite of tools that allow for online collaboration, including file sharing, intranet creation, data storage and retrieval, and workflow processes. The newest offering is SharePoint Online, where sites and content are stored in the cloud through Office 365.
Anyone who would like to have a site collection created for their division, department, college, or workgroup should fill out the New Site Collection form or email email@example.com.
Once your site collection has been created, it can be used to create your own sites where faculty, staff, and students may collaborate electronically. If you have local IT support, they can administer your site collection or you can contract with UIT to perform administration services. Some of SharePoint’s features include:
- Document Libraries that include versioning of files and a check-in and out feature, analogous to a shared network drive
- Picture libraries that show thumbnails of the images contained within
- Shared tasks, contacts, calendars, announcements, and link lists
For more information, visit Microsoft's SharePoint site