Vanderbilt Research IT Service

The Vanderbilt Research IT Service developed out of recommendations from the working group, aims to provide research consultation and technical solutions to research driven information technology problems.

The Research IT Working Group has completed and proposed recommendations for VU Research IT service to be implemented 2018-2019 by the new Research IT Faculty Advisory Committee. The report recommendations can be viewed here.

Our goal is to connect end-to-end our users with support services to ensure researchers have solutions for their information technology research problems.  As we develop these services we appreciate your feedback and suggestions. As the service is currently constructed, the following resources are available:

Background

The Research IT Working Group was charged with laying the groundwork for enhancing research information technology (IT) services for schools and colleges reporting to Provost Susan R. Wente. The Research IT Special Project Working Group operated under the auspices of the Provost’s Initiative to Enhance Research and Scholarship, or PIERS, and pursued key recommendations put forth in 2016 by the Faculty Advisory Committee on Research IT.
The Research IT Working Group, which began in 2017, was tasked to “pilot 1-3 new services critically and broadly needed by researchers”. With an eye on the long-term ability of Vanderbilt to compete in the research domain, the group was challenged to “inform the development of a long- term plan for sustainably providing services that are implemented by professionally trained and managed IT staff with oversight and input from our faculty and stakeholder engagement.”

Research IT: information technology resources that directly impact research, this is different from other campus IT infrastructure.There are four distinct IT areas represented at Vanderbilt:

 

Research IT aims to a) maximally leverage existing resources on campus, b) tap into new resources, and c) ensure that the solutions created are financially and administratively sustainable for the institution.  Concurrent with these, the committee seeks input on working to advance the long-term cause of using information technology to increase the productivity and visibility of researchers and their output through the formation of Vanderbilt Research IT Resources, managed through the Office of the Vice Provost for Research. This resource aims to connect end-to-end our Vanderbilt researchers and scholars to the research IT resources through technical, consultative services, and enhanced information sharing. Our goal is to leverage our current resources across campus entities. Doing so enables trans-disciplinary innovations through providing sustainable solutions for our Vanderbilt researchers.

Moving Forward

Given the wide range of research methods and workflows across the university, combined with the sheer number of technical areas where assistance might be needed, we expect a series of customizable solutions will need to be developed. As we begin tracking solutions and needs across campus, we will build on this effort to create flexible, transferable approaches to research IT consultation that will address varied needs across the university, avoid redundancy of efforts, and encourage faculty to develop common solutions and work with third-party IT services, where necessary, in ways that contribute to the development of sustainable and effective research IT solutions at Vanderbilt.

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Get in touch with VU Research IT Resources by emailing Lindsey Fox or calling 615-343-0730.