Breakout Session

Data as a Service: Supporting Student App Development Projects

Track: Policy and Governance

Wednesday, November 28th, 3:30-5:00pm

The popularity of mobile and social platforms might have influenced an increase in students’ interest in computer science courses and app development, and an accompanying interest in accessing more campus data for class projects or student organizations’ apps.

Josh Chen, chair of the IT committee of Princeton University’s undergraduate student government, will represent the student view and introduce some of their applications. Nadine Stern will represent the administrator view and discuss how the framework was implemented, and Sal Rosario will present the tool developed to maintain a registry of web feeds and to facilitate the data request process.

 

Sal Rosario
Manager, Technology Consulting Services
Princeton University

Bio / Expertise
Sal Rosario is the Manager of Technology Consulting Services in the Office of Information Technology at Princeton University. He has over 16 years of experience advising and leading the development and implementation of information systems and services to achieve organizational goals, and he managed the development of the web registry and data request tool in support of student projects.

 

Josh Chen
Princeton University

Bio / Expertise:
Josh Chen is a current Princeton junior in Computer Science. He is currently involved with the Princeton University Undergraduate Student Government (USG) as its IT Chair and lead app developer, and his Web apps for Princeton students include the Pursuit of Mappiness, a tool designed to centralize campus information related to student life into one site.

 

Nadine Stern
Associate CIO for Operations and Planning
Princeton University

Bio / Expertise
Nadine Stern is the Associate CIO for Operations and Planning in the Office of Information Technology at Princeton University. She is responsible for planning, strategic communication, technology consulting services, OIT budget and finance, organizational effectiveness, strategic initiatives, and the information security officer.

Before coming to Princeton, Nadine spent 11 years as Vice President for Information Technology and Enrollment Services at The College of New Jersey. She is an active member of NJEDge, having served on the Board and on several annual program committees.
Presentation Content:

The popularity of mobile and social platforms and Silicon Valley success stories might have influenced an increase in students’ interest in computer science courses and app development. As a result, we have seen an accompanying interest in getting access to more institutionally or departmentally managed data to be used in either class projects or in student organizations’ mobile and web apps. At the same time, administrators need to ensure that the institution complies with data privacy legislation and the expectations of confidentiality among various campus stakeholders.

A recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Education documents the efforts by Harvard University, the University of Waterloo, and others to create an administrators-supported framework for sharing data with students in web-friendly data formats (http://chronicle.com/article/Unlocking-Student-Data-Could/131551/). At Princeton University, the Office of Information Technology has collaborated over several months with representatives from other university departments and student groups to create a framework for managing requests for data and to maintain a registry of web feeds.

In this presentation, Josh Chen, chair of the IT committee of Princeton University’s undergraduate student government, will represent the students’ view and introduce some of the applications they have developed. Nadine Stern, Associate CIO for Operations and Planning, will represent the administrators’ view and discuss how the framework was implemented. Sal Rosario will present the tool that has been developed to maintain a registry of web feeds and to facilitate the data request process. We will allocate time for questions and answers, and we hope that our experience will help other campuses trying to address similar needs.

 

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