CTools sites will be converted to read-only access as of Aug. 31 as part of the university’s preparations to ultimately retire CTools.

Read-only access means site content can be viewed and downloaded, but not modified. All content in CTools will remain available in a read-only state at least through July 1, 2019.

Exemptions to read-only status will be made for sites that contain export-controlled data. Other exemption requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

The U-M community has used the CTools project sites for file storage and collaboration for more than a decade, but the availability and expanded capabilities of other collaboration tools, as well as declining CTools usage, led the university to retire the service.

Throughout the past year, Information and Technology Services has helped the campus transition CTools project sites to alternative services.

Using feedback from campus, ITS developed a self-service tool that allows project site owners to easily delete sites they no longer need. The tool also allows them to export and store content locally, or upload it into the platform that best fits their needs for ongoing collaboration and file sharing.

ITS is also working with local staff in units across campus to provide support, coordinate communications, and offer additional guidance about services available within the unit.