Terms of Reference: Research Systems Stewardship Committeeget help

Purpose

The Research Systems Stewardship Committee (RSSC) brings key research computing stakeholders from across the university to work together to create a robust, sustainable, and integrated research computing environment. The committee is designed to integrate a broad group of university contributors to discuss the appropriate objectives for institutional research computing. The RSSC provides stewardship for research data centres and computer rooms, non-administrative research information systems projects, researcher support, and other needs for information systems support of research.

Objectives

The RSSC will identify and recommend resolution to issues related to the following aspects of research computing at the University:

  • Research data storage, planning, and management
  • Information systems support processes for researchers (e.g. help desk)
  • Demand for common suites of software tools
  • Compliance with legislation in areas such as privacy
  • Security and access concerns
  • Prioritization of IT Services staff resources
  • Support needs for high performance computing and research networking
  • Allocation of IT Services financial investments in research computing
  • Approve project charters, plans, change requests, and project closures

The RSSC will discuss and recommend actions in the following areas:

  • Developing, maintaining, and contributing to our relationship with Compute Canada, CANARIE, SRNET, CARL, and other key agencies
  • Identifying resources for enhancing the productivity of research computing infrastructure on campus
  • Positioning the university as a leader and innovator in research systems management and service
  • Developing plans and identifying resources to keep research computing resources up to date and appropriate
  • Positioning SFU to do well in national and regional computing resource allocations
  • Expanding the use of research computing to more researchers and to more research fields on campus
  • Recommending strategies and tactics to support key information systems issues faced by researchers

The RSSC will support other groups by:

  • Providing research computing perspectives and input to the OneIS Stewardship Committee
  • Working with IT Services to develop clear and sustainable strategies for the university‚Äôs research computing

Logistics

The Research Systems Stewardship Committee will meet every two months. Committee members cannot delegate their role to anyone. The co-chairs of the committee are the AVP Research and the CIO. The co-chairs will prepare the agenda. Annually, the committee will review the value of the meeting content and attendance. Members are expected to communicate and explain stewardship committee decisions in their respective organization units.

Members

Title

Role

Associate Vice President Research

Voting (Co-Chair)

Chief Information Officer

Voting (Co-Chair)

Chief Science Officer, Compute Canada

Voting

Associate Dean, Graduate Studies

Voting

Dean

Voting

Dean

Voting

Associate University Librarian, Library Tech Services & Collections

Voting

Faculty member

Voting

Graduate student

Voting

IT Services directors (as needed)

Non-voting

IT Services Managers from RCG and HPC

Non-voting

Scope

Stewardship of this committee applies to all research information systems and technologies developed and managed at the University.

Stewardship Process Update

For a list of the initiatives brought to the committee, click here.