Information services are defined broadly and encompass the management and provision of information, the use of information technology, and the application of these technologies, services and resources by academic units, academic support functions and administrative services. As examples this will include policy and planning regarding computing, networking, communications, major software/hardware acquisitions, IT standards, support for learning technologies and the management of information for campus wide initiatives.
As such the mandate of this Committee is focused on the strategic management of information services and information technologies rather than specific operational and technical issues. The Committee should be a planning and facilitating agent but not an arbitrator of the creation, ownership or usage of specific content which is the responsibility of individual units within the University.
The committee applies an overall institutional perspective in the evaluation of issues or concerns related to major information service activities. ISC works closely with other units, groups and committees where there are related objectives and seeks to achieve a common University direction while facilitating local innovation and practice.
key role for ISC will be communication and coordination to ensure that
users and providers of information services are aware of key issues
and developments, and informed about the actions and activities of ISC
and its constituent groups.
1. Advise the Provost on matters relating to information services (including policies, procedures, responsibilities, accountability, funding and resource allocation).
2. Create and maintain a strategic planning and implementation process that provides clear University direction and facilitates the most effective use of information services.
3. Coordinate an integrated set of plans (from Colleges, academic support units and administrative services) particularly as they relate to priority needs, community benefits, financial planning and resource allocation and the effective balance of central and distributed responsibilities.
4. Maintain an awareness of key policy issues with respect to information services and develop new policies and review existing policies as required.
5. Evaluate existing and emerging information services to facilitate innovation, assess community benefit and promote best practices, and recommend action or changes.
6. Maintain an awareness of user needs to ensure alignment of University plans and actions with changing community requirements including regular communication with key academic governance groups (e.g. BUGS, BoGS, Research Board).
7. Ensure the development and maintenance of information services standards as they relate to interoperability, integration, shared services, security and provision of services or resources.
8. Create and sustain an oversight and tracking mechanism to facilitate the planning, implementation and maintenance of major information services projects to ensure the most effective use of campus resources and to maximize community benefit.
9. Create and maintain a clear division of responsibility, accountability and resource allocation among central service providers and distributed service providers to facilitate the achievement of their objectives and enable effective coordination, communication and seamless interconnections.
Contribute to an informed community regarding information services and
their application to the mission of the University (achieved, in part,
through a periodic report to the community on the state of information
services at the University).
members, appointed through the Office of the Secretary of Senate, will
normally serve a 1-year term. Where members are designates it is anticipated
that they will be reappointed each year to ensure that the designate
continues to be the most appropriate representative.