|Establish and promote a service for creating,
publishing and aggregating RSS news items across the university,
including the description of event data (also applicable to supporting
research — I). Target date: Feb 06.
||Achieved. Date of launch 5th> February 2006.
||This is the new service OxITEMS which is now
being heavily used by departments, divisions, and the main University
|Expand (charged) PC hardware repair and
maintenance service for commonly used platforms including laptops.
||Achieved. April 2006.
||A new chargeable service was set up in 2006 for
data recovery and system installation.
|Create a shared information environment for use
of IT Support Staff by setting up a content management system for common
user documentation. In addition we will enhance services available for
distributed ITSS by developing a "fast-track" help line and
co-ordination of specialist training opportunities, as well as
developing secure delegated services aiming to enhance the facilities
available to IT support staff across the collegiate university.
||The very popular ITSS wiki system was launched
in 2006. The ITSS support team is now back to its full complement of 3
FTE and can answer fast-tracked questions from IT Support Staff more
|Increase the storage and backup for the Herald
mail facilities. Target date: 06/07. Estimated cost: £400k.
||First stage completed October 2006, funded from
OUCS reserves. Next stage will depend on funding (from PRAC), now part
of the ICT Strategy Roadmap.
|Major upgrade to the Hierarchical File Server
(HFS) is urgently required. This would involve replacing processors,
tape media, and tape drives. Target date: 06/07. Estimated cost: £450k.
||Achieved. August 06.
||This was funded from OUCS reserves. The next
stages of this have been submitted to the ICT Strategy Roadmap.
|Develop the Tutorial Reporting System (OxCort)
as a pilot service, and then as a full service.
||Achieved, MT 06. Launch TT 07.
Shibboleth and other access
offers solutions to issues
of grid authentication, authorisation and
security; and in providing integration between institutional and
national information environments. We will ensure that the outcomes
from the RTS access management projects are considered by and, where
, incorporated into any institutional access
management implementation plan. Target date: Sept 2006 (Funded via
ESP-Grid, SPIE and ShibGrid projects)
||JISC projects delivered on time and within
Develop and launch an online
. Target date: MT 06. Cost: Developed by the
ACDT, but maintenance cost c.£15k pa.
||Now handed over to Medical Sciences
Develop and launch the Alumni Email
||Service went live in November 2006. Some
remaining development needed on the administrative interface.
|Research and implement technology that allows
learners to share and express their understanding. Specifically this
could be through the use of blogs and wikis or through more advanced
shared graphical simulation technologies (IIc).
||A current JISC funded project is looking at
games modelling and simulation.
|Link the VLE to institutional-wide services
wherever possible, such as ISIDORE.
||There are now regular meetings between the
WebLearn team and OSS.
|Develop a Training Needs Analysis tool to point
people at appropriate courses. Target date: 07.
||A series of workshops have developed out of an
analysis of administrative burdens on academics, as had a special
tailored course on the use of Word.
|Research and implement technology that provides
teachers and learners with assessment technologies that increase the
quality and ease by which questions can be authored and subsequent
marking performed (IIb).
||WebLearn will have a peer-marking tool available
|Explain, promote, and support good practice in
web site management for the university.
||Notably in 2006 we assisted the University
Offices in their procurement of a CMC system. We have also assisted the
PRO and will help them organise a future web managers conference.All
objectives for 2006 were successfully achieved.
|Promote TEI XML markup as a preferred archival
format for digital texts in the university, by providing support,
training and tools.
||OUCS staff have been involved in several local
and national workshops, some involving the AHRC. All objectives for 2006
were successfully achieved.
Inform and advise the UK HE and FE community about
open source software and open standards through briefing
materials, events, advisory service and partnerships (on
going). In addition, develop and communicate best
practice models for software development, especially in
regard to open source software licensing.
||Undertaken through external grants to the OSS-Watch
project, hosted by OUCS's Research Technologies
Service. All objectives for 2006 were successfully
|Following on from the success of the FroDo
project, continue to promote guidelines for the Oxford Wireless service
||FRODO has had good take-up (see
OWL VPN, and OWL Visitor are also proving to be very popular.
|Review cabling, and update or replace existing
cables and ducts. Target date: 07. Estimated Cost: £0.6m.
||No funding has been allocated to this by the
University, although a small budget (£50k over 3 years) is now available
via Estates. This is included in the ICT Strategy Roadmap.
|The University will need to invest in a
filestore and repository system. OUCS has reviewed the possibilities
including for example a SAN-based system. Target date: 06/07. Estimated
cost: £800k, plus £100k recurrent costs.
||Listed in the ICT Strategy Roadmap.