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Facilitate Site Licenses of Software Packages

The Problem: Each school/department purchases, acting separately, is not able to leverage the full quantity discounts possible at the University level.

Status: Conducting an inventory of current software licenses and working with ITS (Information Technology Services), the UVA Library, and others to identify candidates.

Next Steps: Determining the need for these licenses more broadly. Engaging with vendors to negotiate a site license. Raising the funds needed.

What Does Success Look Like? Placing software in the hands of faculty and students without large incremental investment.


Broadscale, Inexpensive Storage for Research

The Problem: Faculty researchers use storage mechanisms that are not ideal because of the cost of top tier storage.

Status: Planning is underway with ITS and departments. Discussions are ongoing with Stanford University, the University of Pittsburgh, and John Hopkins University on how they are resolving this issue.

Next Steps: Working with experts to define the storage architecture, determine the initial size of deployment, develop a cost of service, and determine the appropriate one-time investment fees to motivate faculty to use the service.

What Does Success Look Like? People using it! A self-sustaining service is created from a hardware standpoint, which will motivate using good storage options in accordance with research goals.


Networking Upgrades

The Problem: Faculty researchers have a need for faster network connectivity, especially as it relates to storage for research data.

Status: ITS’s network upgrade plan is being continued. In order to upgrade specific research initiatives earlier, one-time funding can be used.

Next Steps: The ITS team is working on a network design for around ten (10) pilot locations where upgrades to 1Gb/s or 10Gb/s could show significant value to an identified research team.

What Does Success Look Like? Faculty will see the network as an enhancement – an asset – to their successful collaborations across Grounds and with other university partners.

Network Upgrade Status Char


Desktop Backup

The Problem: Mixed models of desktop system backups are presently ranging from non-existent to good, which are creating issues in terms of legal compliance around the process of ‘legal hold’, the process that an organization uses to preserve all forms of relevant information/documentation when litigation is reasonably anticipated.

Status: Rollout scheduled for late October.

Next Steps: Negotiating a contract with appropriate startup terms with a vendor, working with UVa Procurement to purchase, implementing on-site storage, working with the College and Schools to implement and provide long-term support.

What Does Success Look Like? Faculty and staff find the backup solutions easy to use, so that backups become the norm instead of the exception.


Enhance Entrepreneurship Support

The Problem: Currently, there is no ‘central place’ to access tools and products of faculty and student app creation.

Status: Presently, all the tools and templates exist as open-source software. They need to be assembled and managed.

Next Steps: Creating a website to assemble open-source tools and applications and hiring undergraduate and graduate students to help manage the website and interface with students in partnership with faculty across several schools.

What Does Success Look Like? Faculty and students create and post apps, building the “startup” culture across many areas of the University.


Sensitive Data Containment

The Problem: Today, each research award stands independently in the facilitation of protected data, where needed.

Status: Many different compliance laws are in effect for the University and the broad enforcement of these is coming soon.

Next Steps: Partnering, at UVa, with the Office of Sponsored Programs, the Vice President for Research, the Internal Audit Department, the College and Schools to compile these legal specifications and tie them to specific technical, architectural pieces, e.g., encryption.

What Does Success Look Like? We have a set of architectures and tools that are available when faculty members begin to build proposals around protected data.


UVA ACCORD Project

Virginia ACCORD (Assuring Controls Compliance of Research Data) is a new cyberinstrument project being developed through a partnership between the University of Virginia eleven Virginia universities and public organizations. The goal of this project is to address a pressing need in the research community by providing a secured, capable, and accessible cyberinstrument that allows diverse data with different protection requirements to be hosted on shared computing resource.

Partner Institutions: University of Virginia, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, George Mason University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia State University, College of William and Mary, Old Dominion University, James Madison University, Norfolk State University, Mid-Atlantic Research Infrastructure Alliance, Commonwealth Center for Advanced Logistics Systems, and Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing.

Click here to go to the Virginia ACCORD Project website.


Mobile Development Hub

The Problem: Students do not have access to internal University resources for App development.

Status: The Web Application is live and available at devhub.virginia.edu.

Next Steps: Increasing the size of the community. Providing lab hours for students to learn and collaborate. Adding new features to the Web Application that will increase traffic.

What Does Success Look Like? Having an established community using the Web Application, providing a gateway for entrepreneurship, and becoming a self-sustaining resource to the student body.