Office of the Vice Provost for Information Technology (IT) is responsible for
all academic and research computing, the data centers, networking,
telecommunications, security, campuswide systems infrastructure and
architecture, Web and media services, and enterprise systems. IT supports Rice by:
and planning for the effective use of emerging technologies.
information technology in a scholarly environment.
technology planning expertise to enhance teaching, learning, research and administration.
The Rice campus is fully networked for wireless access and provides more than 42,000
wired ports. In addition, Rice participates in several advanced networks,
including the Research and Education Network of Houston, the Lonestar Education
and Research Network and the National LambdaRail. These facilities-based
networks strengthen and complement existing activities with the Southeast Texas
GigaPOP and Internet2, a consortium of more than 200 universities
working with industry and government to advance network applications.
IT Help Desk and client services support university-owned computers in offices,
classrooms and labs. The office also assists students with their personal computers
and helps faculty and staff members connect their smartphones and PDAs to
enhance teaching and learning, IT provides a technology environment that
includes more than 100 technology-enhanced classrooms, public and
course-related computer labs, more than 150 academic software applications,
OWL-Space (a course management and collaboration application), audience
response systems that use hand-held clickers, a curricular environment for
Linux, videoconferencing, classroom capture and webcasting.
computing services, available to all members of the Rice community, include
wikis, blogs, website hosting, email, and data and file storage. Versioning and
bug tracking applications, including Subversion and JIRA, are supported at the
request of engineering and computer science faculty members but are open to all
Rice students and instructors.
research computing support group includes a team of Red Hat-certified Linux
experts, two of whom function as Campus Champions for the Extreme Science and
Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE). Campus Champions assist and empower
researchers in their use of XSEDE for high-performance computing
Additional online IT resources include:
IT website -- services, announcements
Vice Provost for IT website -- policies, organizational chart
IT alerts -- notification of issues and problem resolution
IT tutorials -- how to set-up or use your computer, phone, applications, etc.
JoeITguy -- announcements and assistance on Facebook