University IT Governance:
Research Technology Advisory Group
As researchers turn increasingly to computation-based and data-intensive methods of investigation, new demands are emerging for network capacity, data storage, computation, tools, and applications. Pockets of activity have arisen across the University, but there has been no mechanism for researchers across the institution to share expertise, concerns, and resources. In addition, Jefferson, like all complex research universities, has yet to make explicit the roles and responsibilities of central and local units tending to the IT needs of researchers. The Research Advisory Group is intended to provide a forum for the research and IT communities to address issues affecting research computing.
The committee’s activities will include:
- Provide a platform for surfacing the technology needs of researchers.
- Develop principles for the deployment of technology at TJU to enhance the effectiveness of research.
- Give technology providers a deeper understanding of the current and anticipated services and needs of researchers that may affect services and infrastructure.
- Encourage the sharing of technology resources and standards across the University.
- Vet proposals for resources.
- Advise on the research technology priorities of the University.
- Advocate for and recommend the allocation of funding to support research technology needs and priorities.
- Advise on policy changes that affect technologies related to research.
- Work with Jeff IT to provide the IT environment that supports current and future research initiatives.
- Identify ways that technology can be used to capitalize on the synergies between research, clinical practice and education.
Based on the priorities established in the TJU IT Strategic Plan, it is expected that the committee will focus initially on the following topics:
- Advise Jeff IT as it deploys core research technology resources (e.g., network, data storage, computation) across the University.
- Identify high-impact mechanisms for helping faculty to develop grants that include technology (e.g., consulting with faculty on IT elements of proposals).
- Develop an expanded set of IT support services as well as IT support models that meet the unique needs of researchers.
- Develop ways for Jeff IT and local support units to coordinate their services and activities.
- Develop directions and priorities for researchers among the large range of IT possibilities: develop data standards, selection of data mining tools; visualization, collaboration tools, application support, and others.