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Office of Information Technology



Internally, The Office of Information Technology partners with several departmental technology teams to provide a strong infrastructure upon which they build a variety of business services. A few of our internal partners include:

  • Earth Sciences
  • Fondren Library
  • Glasscock School of Continuing Studies
  • George R Brown School of Engineering
  • Jones Graduate School of Management
  • Public Affairs
  • Wiess School of Natural Sciences

Externally, the Office of Information Technology develops strategic relationships with its peers and members of the greater community to advance the mission of the university. Collectively, the university is affiliated with the organizations listed below. Individually, many IT staff members are members of other professional organizations and initiatives.


LEARN: Lonestar Education and Research Network
Rice is a member of LEARN, a partnership of 33 Texas institutions dedicated to bringing high-speed connectivity and competitive researching to the lone star state.

RENoH: Research and Education Network of Houston
This initiative between Rice, the medical center, University of Houston, and downtown locations supports research and educational efforts in Houston.

Texas GigaPOP
Texas GigaPOP provides high-speed interconnections among research-focused schools in Texas including Rice.

Internet 2
Internet 2 is a partnership of universities and corporations dedicated to bringing high-speed networking power to its members. Rice participates in the following Internet 2 initiatives: Middleware Architecture Committee for Education (MACE), Shibboleth, The Internet2 Commons, and Abilene.

Identity and Access Management

Members working to create and support a common framework for trustworthy shared management of access to on-line resources in support of education and research in the United States. To see Rice's participation agreement, download the PDF (151KB).

TIER - Trust and Identity in Education and Research
Working to ensure that members of our community have access to the right services, at the right time, with the right protections and privacy considerations, while supporting easy collaboration globally. 


HiPCAT: High Performance Computing Across Texas
Rice is one member of this consortium of Texas institutions that use advanced computational technologies to enhance research, development, and educational activities.

Rice is a participating member of the ResearchChannel, a media-based consortium of universities that broadcasts activities, ideas, and opportunities related to research.

SURA: Southeastern Universities Research Association  
SURA is a research group of over sixty universities in the southeastern portion of the United States including Rice.

Higher Education

Educause is an organization which promotes higher learning through the improvement of IT services. Rice participates in many Educause initiatives, including Higher Education Bridge Certification Authority (HEBCA), PKI for Networked Higher Education, Middleware, the NMI-EDIT Consortium, the EDUCAUSE Core Data Service, the Technical Activities Group (HEPKI-TAG), and the Educause Learning Initiative (ELI).

CSG - Common Solutions Group  
Originally organized as the Stone Soup Group, CSG works to achieve the overall efficiency of research universities by acting collaboratively to influence commercial providers of information technology and, where the market fails to provide appropriate technology, working collaboratively to develop and disseminate common solutions to important IT challenges. 

Connexions Consortium       
Connexions is an open source platform and open access repository for open education resources, enabling the creation, sharing, modification, and vetting of open educational material accessible to anyone, anywhere, anytime via the World Wide Web.

Sakai Foundation       
The Sakai Foundation is a member-based, non-profit corporation engaged in the collaborative design, development and distribution of open-source software for education, research and related scholarly activities. It encourages community-building between academic institutions, non-profits and commercial organizations and provides its members and others with an institutional framework within which Sakai projects can flourish.


Greater Houston Partnership: Technology Infrastructure Task Force
The goal of the task force is to identify technology infrastructure enhancements that will foster the deployment and integration of products and services that produce life enhancing experiences for the general population in the greater Houston area.

 Last updated: February 16, 2015 by: Carlyn Chatfield