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March 9, 1988

                                     MINUTES

                               Computer Committee

                            Newman Library Board Room

                                  March 9, 1988

                                      3 PM

 

 

        PRESENT:     Jim Thomas, Don Allison, Jeffrey Birch,

                     Sharon Crawford, Randy Crockett, David Goodyear,

                     Bob Heterick, Jim Hicks, Katherine Johnston,

                     Harry Kriz, Joan McLain-Kark, Jim Montgomery,

                     John Hoernemann for Al Steiss, Jeffrey Wilcke,

                     Michael Williams, Michael Leahy

 

        ABSENT:      John Burton, Ray Dessy, Dennis Jones, Tom McAnge,

                     Vernon Shanholtz, Paul Torgersen, Christopher Chenard

 

        VISITOR(S):  Sam Hicks, Rosie Higdon, Dennis Hinkle,

                     Sean Kilcarr, Arthur Snoke

 

 

        AGENDA ITEM 1: MINUTES OF THE JANUARY 6, 1988 MEETING

 

        Motion made, seconded and passed to approve the minutes of the

        January meeting.

 

        AGENDA ITEM 2: COMPUTING CENTER REPORT (WILLIAMS)

 

 

        1.  The DEC 8800 will be installed the week of May 22, 1988 (af-

            ter spring term).  The new system will replace the existing

            780's in the Center's VAX cluster.  The DEC 8800 can support

            over 200 users, is rated at 12 MIPS, and has 64MB of real

            memory.

 

        2.  TCP/IP access is available on VM1.  Access to the Internet,

            and in particular, the NSF centers, can now be obtained di-

            rectly from any linked terminal or workstation.  Aid for use

            of the network software is available in the form of online

            helps or from Computing Center personnel.

 

        3.  VM/XA planned installation is March 20, 1988.  There are

            still some software problems but resolutions are expected

            prior to the production date.  The LINEMODE EXEC now allows

            users to do interactive graphics while in full screen emu-

            lation mode (e.g.  on VM1E).  Memory sizes will be increased

            to at least 2MB.

 

        AGENDA ITEM 3: SELF STUDY REPORT (HINKLE)

 

 

        The chapter of the Self Study on Information Systems was dis-

        cussed.  The subcommittee which produced the chapter has had

        three chairman and has suffered from a lack of continuity which

        delayed the completion of the report.  It was felt that this

        chapter should have been a showcase.

 

        The self-study chapter on information systems was distributed to

        the Computer Committee and a synopsis of the issues and recommen-

        dations was presented.

 

        The Computer Committee members were urged by the chairman to re-

        view the chapter; it will provide the basis for further dis-

        cussions within the Committee.

 

        AGENDA ITEM 4: BOOKSTORE SOFTWARE RESIDUAL FUND (WILLIAMS)

 

 

        There is a residual fund ($15,000) from the sale of licensed per-

        sonal computer software through the bookstore.  Some of the money

        has been committed to renew site licenses.  The Computer Commit-

        tee of VPI Facilities is soliciting suggestions as to how the re-

        maining funds should be distributed.  It is expected that they

        would be used to secure additional site licenses for PC  software

        of wide interest to the University community.  It was suggested

        that this committee assemble a prioritized list of software for

        recommendation to the VPI Facilities committee.  The matter was

        referred to the University Computer Committee's subcommittee on

        microcomputing.

 

        AGENDA ITEM 5: EXTENDED TIME PURCHASE PLAN OF EQUIPMENT (LEAHY)

 

 

        Graduate students wish to purchase personal computers at the

        Bookstore using the same financing mechanisms available to under-

        graduates.  It was pointed out that the Bookstore now offers a

        similar service through local banks.  The contact at the

        Bookstore is Steve Glosh.  The proposal was withdrawn.

 

        AGENDA ITEM 6: MCBRYDE REMOTE STATION (LEAHY)

 

 

        A concern was raised that the plan to transfer the McBryde facil-

        ity to the Computer Science Department would negatively impact

        graduate student access to terminals.  Williams responded that

        since the planned alternative terminal facility in the upper quad

        has not become a reality due to the space shortage created by the

        closing of Squires, the McBryde lab would not be transferred to

        Computer Science this year.  Instead, only the adjoining micro-

        lab, containing principally Apple Mac-L's, would be managed by

        Computer Science.   Details were still being negotiated.

 

        The Computing Center still plans to locate another terminal fa-

        cility outside of the academic areas and will consider the

        McBryde station question again at that time.

 

        AGENDA ITEM 7: USE OF COMPUTING RESOURCES FOR PERSONAL ADVERTIS-

        ING (GOODYEAR)

 

 

        An example of a personal advertisement which was distributed on

        the University's mainframe was cited and the question of what

        should be done about it was raised.  The laws of the Commonwealth

        of Virginia prohibit the use of state resources for personal

        gain.  The Faculty and Classified Employee Handbooks have a clear

        statement to this effect.  However, the Handbook does not pre-

        scribe recourse or punishment when a violation is discovered.  A

        number of similar violations were discussed.  Discovered vio-

        lations are usually dealt with through the individual's supervi-

        sor.  It was concluded that no committee action is needed at the

        moment.

 

        AGENDA ITEM 8: ADDITIONS TO THE AGENDA:  DISCUSSION OF FACULTY

        SENATE RESOLUTION TO ESTABLISH A COMMISSION FOR INFORMATION SYS-

        TEMS (SNOKE)

 

 

        The Computer Committee received a letter from the Secretary of

        the University Council requesting comments on a resolution from

        the Faculty Senate calling for the establishment of a Commission

        on Information Systems.  Dr. Arthur Snoke from the Faculty Senate

 

        distributed a copy of the resolution and gave the background of

        the resolution.

 

        The Computer Committee members raised several concerns and

        questions.  Because of the Computer Committee's inability to ad-

        dress the breadth of issues facing it in recent years, a Communi-

        cations Committee was established and those issues pertaining to

        communications are to be addressed there.  Given this, how would

        the new Commission function in light of the fact that not only

        would its purview include computing and communications,  but also

        would include the Library's activities?  Since issues are not al-

        ways easily compartmentalized into one of the individual areas,

        some problems might fall into the gaps between the committees,

        though this is probably insufficient cause for a Commission.

 

        What would the new role of the existing Committees be?  Despite

        the suggestion that they should function as they do now, it was

        observed that the respective charges almost entirely overlap.

        Perhaps a better channel to the University Council would be

        achieved.  How would the new Commission solve the problems asso-

        ciated with the broad communication of issues cited in the resol-

        ution?  Would this not simply introduce another layer of

        bureaucracy?  What would be gained with a Commission that

        couldn't be achieved with the current committee structure?

 

        The composition of the proposed Commission is made up entirely of

        academic members.  Most of the administrative units on campus

        have large stakes in computing and communications policies and

        are currently represented on the committees.

 

        The language of the resolution and explanation suggests that com-

        puting and communications at all levels would come under the Com-

        mission's jurisdiction.  How will the individual departments

        which enjoy autonomy in how they address their departmental needs

        react to this?  The scope of such activities would be extraor-

        dinarily broad.

 

        Additional comments were solicited by the chairman.

 

        AGENDA ITEM 9: ADDITIONS TO THE AGENDA:  VICE PRESIDENT FOR IN-

        FORMATION SYSTEMS ANNOUNCEMENTS (HETERICK)

 

 

        o   The University Council has a resolution pending relating to

            the creation of a Commission on Information Systems.  This

            will be discussed later in the meeting.

 

        o   The policy on protection of software copyrights passed on the

            second reading at the last University Council meeting.

 

        o   "Information Systems: A  Planning  Perspective"  was distrib-

            uted to the members of the committee.  This document is in-

            tended for internal use and has been distributed to the

            committee for use as a basis for discussion in later

            meetings.

 

        The next meeting will be held on April 6, 1988 at 3 p.m.  in the

        Library Board Room.

 

        The meeting adjourned at 4:45 p.m.

 

 

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