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Minutes provided by Sue Ellen Richey, Recording Secretary

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IRC Regular Voting Members: Judith Adkison, College of Education; Ginny Anderson, Fiscal Affairs; Donna Asher, Administrative Affairs; Sue Byron, Faculty Senate; Carolyn Cunningham, Student Affairs; Jim Curry, Academic Administration; David Griffiths, Student Association, Don Grose, Libraries; Jenny Jopling, Instruction Program Group; Joneel Harris, Administrative Program Group; Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner, Standards and Cooperation Program Group; Allen Livingston,Graduate Student Council; Dan Mauldin, University Planning Council; Ramu Muthiah, School of Community Services, GALMAC; Jon Nelson, College of Music; Robert Nimocks, Director, Information Technology,UNTHSC; Steve Oeffner, UNT Health Science Center; Russ Pensyl , School of Visual Arts; Patrick Pluscht, Distributed Learning Team; Mark Rorvig, Research Program Group; Paul Schlieve, Communications Program Group; Kathleen Swigger, College of Arts and Sciences; Philip Turner, Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs for Distance Education and Dean of the School of Library and Information Resources (Chair, IRC);; Virginia Wheeless, Chancellor; John Windsor, College of Business. IRC Ex-officio Nonvoting Members: Leslie Bowden, Telecommunications; Jim Curry, Microcomputer Maintenance Shop; Michael Forster, UNT Health Science Center; Richard Harris, Computing Center; Coy Hoggard, Computing Center; Maurice Leatherbury, Computing Center; Sue Ellen Richey, Computing Center (Recording Secretary). [As of 9/99]

July 18, 2000

VOTING MEMBERS PRESENT: PHILIP TURNER, CHAIR, SUE BYRON, DON GROSE, ROBERT NIMOCKS, JON NELSON, LOU ANN BRADLEY (for PAUL SCHLIEVE), ELIZABETH HINKLE-TURNER, CAROLYN CUNNINGHAM, JONEEL HARRIS, JIM CURRY

NON-VOTING MEMBERS PRESENT: RICHARD HARRIS, MAURICE LEATHERBURY, COY HOGGARD, SUE ELLEN RICHEY (Recording Secretary)

MEMBERS ABSENT: RAMU MUTHIAH, GINNY ANDERSON, JENNY JOPLING, DONNA ASHER, JUDITH ADKISON, MARK RORVIG, JOHN WINDSOR, ALLEN LIVINGSTON, STEVE OEFFNER, VIRGINIA WHEELESS, JOEL LANPHEAR, CRAIG BERRY, KATHLEEN SWIGGER, BILL BUNTAIN

There was no quorum, therefore the minutes of the June 20, 2000 meeting will be considered for approval at the September meeting.

IR Steering Committee

The Chair reported that the IR Steering Committee met and Maurice Leatherbury presented the Web Publishing Policy. There was no vote, but the consensus was that the committee approved of the policy and were to have Richard Rafes review it prior to taking it before the Board of Regents for official approval.

Distributed Computing Support Management Team

Maurice Leatherbury reported for the Distributed Computing Support Management Team that they are nearing completion of their evaluation of personal digital assistant devices. In addition, he reported that DIR has granted UNT a waiver from purchasing Microsoft’s Master License through them. He and Mike Wright are now proceeding with the legal review of the Software License Agreement and a request for bid has already been posted on the Electronic Marketplace.

Data Communications, Internet1 & Internet2

Maurice also reported that they now have a final quote from GTE on a line to connect to a co-location facility in the Dallas area. It is four times as much as Southwestern Bell charges for the same line for the same distance. The current plan is to co-locate two routers at the Alliance Data Communications building at UT-Dallas. Mike Maner is working on final arrangements to secure floor space to do this at the UT-Dallas campus. It is anticipated that there will at least be Internet1 traffic over a high-speed line by the end of August, with Internet2 a few weeks behind that.

Richard Harris stated that the AHE committee scrutinized their proposed budget for next year and they will send out a revised budget. They are planning a mega media day for the grand kick-off of Internet 2. Rollie Shafer has agreed to be UNT’s research advisor to the gigapop users’ advisory council that will serve on the steering committee for the mega media day. They’re hoping to have this event in October, but it may have to be moved to the spring. There is a chance that the Health Science Center could be an associate member of Internet2 because of joint projects with UNT.

Richard Harris also announced that he has agreed to serve as Chair of the Internet 1 committee of the Gigapop group.

Communications Program Group

Lou Ann Bradley reported that the Communications Program Group has met and received an update on the building wiring project. In addition, the group discussed the issue of staff retention.

Administrative Program Group

Joneel Harris reported for the Administrative Program Group that after a meeting with Datatel representatives, it was decided to have a technical conference call prior to the demo. Datatel only has two Oracle installations, and cost data is still needed from Datatel. A meeting has been requested by Oracle, to make a high-level presentation of their administrative higher-education systems. Also, there has been an announcement from PeopleSoft that they have partnered with two institutions that are going to be their show and tell demo site. There was some discussion about inviting PeopleSoft in for a demo also.

At the last meeting of the APG, Philip Baczewski made a presentation on LDAP defacto standards for directory services.

Standards & Cooperation Program Group

Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner reported for the Standards & Cooperation Program Group that they are continuing to work on the Access to University Computing Resources Policy.

Distributed Learning Team

Patrick Pluscht reported for the Distributed Learning Team that the group will meet this Thursday and the committee is finalizing plans for the Web CT upgrade implementation. The group is also working on a WebCT mini-conference to be held in September. Patrick reported that due to a delay in asbestos abatement procedures in connection with the new video-conferencing rooms, the completion of those rooms has been delayed. It is hoped to get the classrooms operational by the Fall semester. Dr. Turner commented that he has asked Mr. Pole to expedite the renovation project. Dr. Turner added that he has talked with the Chancellor at Collin County Community College about a video-conferencing relationship with UNT.

Other Business

The Chair announced that there will be no August meeting of the IRC.

Richard Harris announced that the UNT Strategic Plan has been approved by the Budget Board.

IRC Meeting Schedule

The IRC generally meets on the third Tuesday of each month, from 2-4 p.m., in the Administration Building Board Room. From time to time there are planned exceptions to this schedule. There was be no August meeting. All meetings of the IRC, its program groups, and other committees, are open to all faculty, staff, and students.