Accomplishment: Tech Commons Design and Development

What was accomplished?

Scoped, designed, developed, seeded and tested a technology discovery tool to be used by the entire campus.  The Tech Commons includes a community-sourced repository of the basic metadata related to technology products and services used by campus employees; simple and intuitive entry forms; indexing, search and filtering across products; and product reviews and ratings.

Tech Commons Development Team: Bill Allison, Yu-Tin Kuo, Brian Wood, Kathleen Lu, Ian Crew, Rick Jaffe, Rich Meyer
Steering Council: Devin Jones,Tom Holub, Lucia Tsai, Liz Marsh, Bill Allison

What need does it fill? What problem does it solve? What goal does it meet?

Information about campus technology is housed in a number of disparate venues across campus with varying quality and differing durability. Knowledge of and access to these venues is seldom intuitive or integrated. Further, technology has become so much a part of everyday life, that IT providers are no longer the sole proprietors of its value, benefits and impact. The Tech Commons was designed as a discovery portal for technology integrating access to the disparate venues that exist on campus. Further, it was designed to leverage the technical and experiential knowledge of the entire campus community. By engaging the larger community, we should increase awareness of the overall quantity of technology products and services that are used, and make them more complete and resonant with the community by including experiential and contextual content such as rating and reviews. Finally, the Tech Commons is a vehicle to increase and deepen partnership with other IT groups across campus. By jointly contributing and consuming each others contributions and reviews, interaction and trust should increase between all parties.

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How does this further the mission/vision of AVC-IT, campus, OE, or Systemwide?