IT guiding principles for UC Berkeley
Adopted by the e-Berkeley Steering Committee, June 2004.
Thanks to everyone who participated in the development of these principles through committee
work and web input!
The University of California, Berkeley is complex in both its
organization and its technology, requiring that competing information
technology (IT) needs be carefully evaluated to ensure the optimal use
of limited resources. Information technology decisions makers must
innovation vs. stability/reliability
standardization vs. autonomy/experimentation
accessibility vs. security/privacy
consensus vs. efficiency in decision making
centralized vs. distributed services
proprietary vs. open source
In this context, the following principles emerge:
- SUPPORT FOR TEACHING AND RESEARCH: We will provide a responsive IT
environment that enriches and enhances learning and creativity.
- INTEGRATION AND INCLUSION:
Information technology will help UC Berkeley fulfill
its teaching, research, and public service mission—to create, apply, and share
knowledge with the citizens of California and the world—by allowing
members of the campus community to communicate, collaborate,
learn, and disseminate, within and
across disciplines and campus borders.
- SECURITY AND RELIABILITY:
Increasingly, the intellectual property and resources of
our students, faculty, and staff are in electronic form, requiring that the campus IT
infrastructure be stable, safe, and secure.
We will ensure essential connectivity for the entire campus, with basic
standards of support for all departments and classrooms.
- EASE OF USE:
Campus applications, systems, communications devices, and
classroom technologies will be integrated and easy to use.
Campus priorities will drive UC Berkeley's IT strategies and investments.
Information technology requirements differ among fields, and UC Berkeley will strive to
allocate resources appropriately and accountably, anticipating and adopting IT
innovations and standards where beneficial to the campus as a whole.
- INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY EXCELLENCE:
Teaching, research, and public
service require information technology that meets the highest standards of excellence.
We will evaluate the quality of IT with the same rigor as the rest of our university
Printable version of this material:
IT Guiding Principles
for UC Berkeley, June 23, 2004 [PDF]