External Partnerships

We develop 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.

Networks

LEARN: Lonestar Education and Research Network
Rice is a member of LEARN, a partnership of 39 Texas institutions dedicated to bringing high-speed connectivity and competitive researching to the lone star state.

Internet 2
Internet2 is an exceptional community of U.S. and international leaders in research, academia, industry and government who create and collaborate via innovative technologies.

Identity and Access Management

InCommon
InCommon, operated by Internet2, provides a secure and privacy-preserving trust fabric for research and higher education, and their partners, in the United States.

TIER - Trust and Identity in Education and Research
Internet2’s Trust and Identity in Education and Research (TIER) initiative will provide a common framework for campus identity and access management (IAM) components.

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
Educause is an organization which promotes higher learning through the improvement of IT services. Rice participates in many Educause initiatives, such as 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.

Houston

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.