|by Sandra Matsumoto
The UH Site Licensing Office, located on the Manoa campus, offers the UH community many popular computer software programs at affordable academic prices. The term “site license” generally means that a contract fee is paid to a software company to allow multiple users at a site to install their product(s). Software can be installed from the site license loan CD, or from purchased software for select programs.
Relevant software contracts are managed by the Site License Office on behalf of the UH system, and a fee is then charged back to each user per license to recover costs. The program focuses on software for which the fee to each user is less than the market price that would otherwise be required. Many site licenses are issued on an annual basis, much like a “lease” of the license. If a user does not renew their license, s/he is obligated to uninstall the site licensed software.
One of the exceptions to the annually based licenses available at the Site License Office is Microsoft. The Microsoft Volume Licensing Program provides perpetual licensing at nominal, one-time fees, and is valid for the lifetime of the version purchased.
The Site License Office is currently working on contracts to provide UH students with this same benefit. This future program will offer students perpetual Adobe and Microsoft licenses at affordable prices.
The ITS Site License Office offers a wide range of software, from geographical and statistical, to bibliographical and word processing software. For a complete listing of available software, please visit the UH ITS Site License website at http://www.hawaii.edu/sitelic. If you have any questions, please contact ITS Site License Administrator Sandra Matsumoto at (808) 956-2404 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. General hours of operation are from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.