Off-Campus Internet-based Computing Services represent a growing variety of services available on the internet. Such services can be useful to faculty, staff and students at SVSU in their educational and research pursuits.
Internet-based computing is a general term used to include a variety of computing and information services and applications run by users across the Internet on the service provider's systems, instead of run "locally" on personal computers or campus-based servers.
Definition: These Internet-based services are sometimes called:
Some examples of these Internet-based services range are:
As of early 2009, Internet-based services are still an early and somewhat immature business model. Because of heated competition in this space, we can expect considerable innovative investment will be focused here. Many Internet-based services are offered free or at very low cost in order to attract and compete for user volume. Therefore, Internet-based services will likely be used by Saginaw Valley State University students, faculty, and staff. Such systems are already in use by administration.
Why should everyone be concerned personally about making good choices regarding appropriate uses of Internet-based?
Almost all decisions to use Internet-based applications are made by individual users. The content those users deploy in the service may involve sensitive data, or valuable intellectual property, or institutional business records. The service may play a key role in the execution of an important academic or business process, such as teaching or taking a class, analyzing research data or developing a paper for publication, or processing or storing University business records. We all have a shared interest in protecting academic and business processes against unwanted disruptions, and protecting intellectual property and sensitive data against loss or unauthorized access and use. Therefore, all individuals need to be prepared to take responsibility for their own individual choices to use Internet-based applications in support of their University work.
When considering whether an Internet-based service is appropriate for use in a certain situation give the following factors due consideration.
Transfer of license:
Security, Privacy, and Authentication:
Non-negotiated changes to the service:
Non-negotiated changes to the business model.
Data formats: -
The following risk analysis steps can be helpful to determine the appropriateness of using a Internet-based service. The analysis is designed to help identify potentially appropriate uses by eliminating the riskiest use cases, based on the types of data intended to be deployed in using the service. The triage also identifies ethical issues worth consideration.
3. Student, faculty and staff intellectual property. SVSU's Intellectual Property policies and policies regarding student intellectual property define the types of intellectual property that belong to students, faculty and staff. Sometimes this property needs to be protected carefully (e.g., content with patent or other commercial potential) and should not be placed in an Internet-based computing situation unless an appropriate contractual agreement can be negotiated between the University and the service provider. Sometimes the owners of this property care less about its protection than they care about the value of the services they will be receiving from Internet-based service. These trade-offs should be considered before using an Internet-based service, and the choices should be made by the involved content owners.
When you are not sure, ask If you are unsure about a choice regarding Internet-based, please do not hesitate to contact the Executive Director of ITS or the Director of ITS.
Off Campus Internet-based (hosted/blended) Systems