Information Technology Council Meets for First Time

Posted: August 17, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Robin Herron

The new Information Technology Council (ITC) held its first meeting in July, with Peter Denning, professor of computer science, chairing the group. Joy Hughes, vice president for information technology, established the council to advise the IT unit on technology infrastructure issues at George Mason. “A key element of the council’s mission will be to create a technological architecture for the university,” says Hughes.

With 27 members chosen from throughout the university on the basis of their technical or organizational expertise, the council is intended to be broadly representative of George Mason IT-using constituencies, Denning says. “Given the size of the group, we will use small working subgroups of the Council to discuss specific issues. Then we can come back together as a whole and integrate the pieces.”

At its first meeting the group addressed the ITC’s purpose, organization, and setting up a council web site. The group’s first study will be to examine the university’s web-based services, Denning says. The council’s subgroups will look at the George Mason web’s functionality and navigability; portrayal of the university’s identity; open sharing of course materials and syllabi; workflow and commerce; and authentication and security.

The ITC will not run pilot projects or manage implementations but will make recommendations for managers of IT units to consider, Denning says. Pointing out that budget allocations are not keeping up with the exploding demand for IT services, he says, “The council will help find ways to be more efficient and provide IT services that work reliably.”

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