IT Infrastructure Committee: Strategic Principles

All IT infrastructure should be based on open systems technology, to maximize institutional flexibility and to enable the infrastructure to evolve as needed, without the restrictions that proprietary technologies inevitably impose.

Infrastructure is centrally planned, funded and managed. In cases where delegation of responsibility for specific infrastructure components is approved, central coordination is still necessary.

An important objective of all IT infrastructure-related policies is to avoid constraining the responsible use of our network and computing resources, by providing access to information, and by providing safeguards to contain the damage when mistakes occur.

The definition of what is and isn't infrastructure establishes a boundary that separates community resources, which should not be altered or adversely impacted by user activities, from the applications which users are encouraged to develop and/or employ.

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