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Teaching/Research Software Requirements Framework

Project ID: 
199
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What: 

Description: The project will develop a framework for obtaining, publishing and resourcing teaching and research software in a timely manner.

Deliverables: An agreed framework with the ISS/director of teaching about when teaching software requirements can be changed.

Why: 

Customer: staff (with a little bit of COs)

Case statement: We do not currently have a definitive set of software requirements for each of the teaching courses and for that requested by researchers and no guidance to staff as to how much advanced notice is required to install requested software. This leads to a messy scramble at the start of some courses where staff are asking for software at the last minute, software is unavailable because of licensing issues, upgrades break coursework and software is removed for various reasons ranging from obsolescence to security issues. We are also probably expending resources maintaining software that is no longer used by anyone.

When: 

Status:

Timescales: Ideally we should have something in place in the run up to next year and the SL6 deployment.

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How: 

Proposal: Develop a framework that drives timely changes to software installed to meet teaching and research requirements.

Resources:

Plan: Produce initial proposal (discussion document) for timescales and
policies related to provision of software for teaching courses.


Consult with ISS/Director of teaching and determine suitable
milestones in a courses development where software requirements
should be identified, and also determine a suitable timetable for
allowing staff to make annual changes to required software.

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Dependencies:

Risks: none

Milestones

Proposed date Achieved date Name Description