Report to the Data Policy Committee
on Data Access Strategy
February 21, 1994
Dan Shapiro, Bill McManus, Gary Truhlar, Tessa Bocage, Jeanne Curtis
This document contains the report to the Data Policy Committee on a data access
strategy. The strategy was prepared a a result of the charge to the working group
of the Data Policy Committee.
The goal of the data access strategy is to create a query environment which
utilizes a common base of data based upon the University's Enterprise Data Model.
This environment will support easy access to data by non-technical users via
desktop tools, a relational database, and a repository for metadata (documentation
about data). The group suggests the name Decision Support Environment (DSE).
A review of the long term implementation strategy and associated figure are
included in the appendix.
The DSE can provide the University with the opportunity to make data accessible
from legacy systems, bridging the gap until the new system and data are in place.
The DSE is a critical component of Project Cornerstone. This document provides
a list of benefits that the DSE could provide to solve some of the problems
in accessing data identified to date.
The working group feels very strongly that in light of the current financial
constraints and management information needs the implementation of the DSE cannot
wait. As such, a pilot implementation is defined in this document. We have prosed
to include student, course, grant, sponsor, and faculty data in the database
to be used by non-technical school and department personnel to satisfy their
need for information. In addition, the pilot will provide apprpopriate desktop
tools, and a repository for access to data documentation.
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