UCOP snags two Sautter technology innovation awards
Two projects developed at UCOP’s California Digital Library were among nine UC technology innovation projects recognized with the 2012 Larry L. Sautter Award for developing easy-to-use information technology tools that improve operations and efficiency at campuses.
Winners were honored Aug. 6 at the UC Computing Services Conference held at UC Berkeley.
The award, sponsored by the UC Information Technology Leadership Council, recognizes innovation that supports the university’s teaching, research and public service missions. The award also encourages faculty and staff to share creative solutions across the system.
“These are just a few examples of the great work that is being done on our campuses,” said David J. Ernst, Chief Information Officer for the UC system and a member of the selection committee. “A number of these tools will be of interest throughout higher education. It shows how technology, coupled with thinking ‘outside the box,’ can improve operations and service across the UC system and beyond.”
Capturing one of the three top Golden Awards for Innovation in Information Technology was the DMPTool, an online digital preservation service that helps researchers create data management plans, which are now required by most major federal funding programs. Having good data management plans ensures that UC remains competitive when seeking grants. The tool provides step-by-step guidance and points researchers to additional resources within UC and the California Digital Library for archiving and sharing research data.
Receiving honorable mention was EZID, a tool researchers can use to create long-term identifiers — a string of letters or numbers that is tied to a person, organization, file or other object — and manage them so they can be used in perpetuity. Research data is tied to these identifiers, allowing a researcher to share data, get credit for his or her work and track how it’s used, for example.
The annual award program, which started in 2000, is named after Larry L. Sautter, a UC Riverside associate vice chancellor for Computing and Communications who died in 1999. Under his leadership, a modern data network, client server computing and improved technical support services were developed and implemented at Riverside.
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