Last Spring we gathered information on all of the services that make up our academic cyberinfrastructure, services and innovations for teaching, learning, research and creativity. This resulted in a long list of services in various stages of adoption. Since collecting this information we have merged it with the ITS Services Catalog, creating one huge list. This long list became unwieldy as spreadsheets, so we have put it into an application form that allows users to filter the list.
The application is available here – http://act.middcreate.net/aci/
or you can reach it via GO-link – go/aci
Now, we need your help before we share the inventory with the world. Some of the information has changed since the inventory was gathered, and there may be some items that we missed. Also, the application may not filter the information in a way that is useful to you.
So please visit and browse the ACI and contact Joe if:
- Any of the information you see is incorrect and needs updating.
- Anything needs to be added to the inventory.
- You have a use-case for the inventory.
Thank you, in advance, for helping us make this a useful service for Middlebury.
There has been a flurry of LIS Project Directory activity during the past few weeks. Along with many updates to data, several new views have been created and published, including an “Overdue” view and a “90 Days Out” view. In addition, Project Managers, LIS Leaders, and Area Directors can now access project editing from within Google Apps!
Check it out…
PS. If you are an LIS staff member who does NOT have a Middlebury Google Apps evaluation account yet, just email: firstname.lastname@example.org to request one!
Submitted by Mike Roy
In the upcoming months, I am planning on working with Chris Norris to develop a project directory for all of LIS that will allow us to present to ourselves and our constituents an overview of all of the projects that we are working on. In addition, I am also keen to see us improve upon our goal setting process from last year so that we also have a comprehensive list of all of our goals in a single place for us to see what we’ve committed to accomplishing in the upcoming year.
In thinking about how to approach these two activities, I’ve begun to wonder: is there a difference between a goal and a project? Are there projects that can’t be described in the language of goals? Are there goals that can’t be described in the language of a project? It seems to me that they could sensibly be handled with a single list.
As I envision this list of our goals and projects would let us know:
- the name of the goal or project
- a description
- the date it would begin
- the date it would end
- the people and resources involved in achieving it
- who would benefit from it being completed
I’m interested to hear from the rest of LIS about whether or not they think this is the right information to keep track of, what differences they see between goals and projects, and what we can do to optimize the benefit of this, and minimize the cost (time and energy) of maintaining such lists.