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Slate FAQ

What is Slate?

Slate is Weinberg College's web-based collaboration tool, commonly referred to as a wiki, that can be accessed on campus or anywhere that you have internet access and a web browser. Slate can be accessed by computers, tablets and smart phones that have a web browser without the needs of a VPN or other software.

Slate is our branding of Atlassian's Confluence software.

What Can Slate Be Used For?

Who Can Use Slate?

Slate is available for departmental use by Weinberg staff, faculty, graduate students and undergraduate students working in a department or lab. Faculty and graduate students can request a Slate space for lab or other research needs. Collaborators outside the College or Northwestern can be given access as well, though anyone outside the university will need an affiliate NetID.

How Do I...

How do I request a Space?

Simply enter a request in Footprints and let us know:

  1. What you would like the Space to be named
  2. Include the following information for Northwestern faculty, staff, and students:
    1. Name
    2. NetID
    3. Whether they need read-only or read-write access
  3. Include the following information for each non-Northwestern person:
    1. Name
    2. Email address
    3. Whether they need read-only or read-write access
  4. Let us know if you'd like assistance with how to "design" your Space or if you'd like a primer on how to use Slate

We will then create the Space and add people to it. Please be aware that as you need a NetID to access Slate we will request affiliate NetIDs for non-Northwestern users. These affiliate NetIDs will need to be renewed every year.

How do I add people to an existing Space?

  1. Submit a new request
  2. Provide the name of the Space to add someone to
  3. Include the following information for Northwestern faculty, staff, and students:
    1. Name
    2. NetID
    3. Whether they need read-only or read-write access
  4. Include the following information for each non-Northwestern person:
    1. Name
    2. Email address
    3. Whether they need read-only or read-write access

How do I access Slate?

In your web browser, go to http://slate.weinberg.northwestern.edu and use your NetID and password to login. If you have problems logging in, submit a new request.

How do I restrict access to pages?

When adding someone to the restricted list by entering their NetID, you are actually granting them access and denying access to anyone who is not on the list. This may seem backwards to anyone who is accustomed to adding someone to a list and having them denied access.  Read more about Page Restrictions.

Other commonly performed tasks

Confluence Demonstration Video

Confluence 5.3 User Guide


Wiki Guidelines and Best Practices

Philosophy

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