I&IT Landscapes Relationships and Dependencies

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Landscape Categories Overview

Landscape categories provide a framework for organizing the I&IT environment. Individual Landscape category descriptions include a rationale with definitions and scope, key goals, and strategic capability priorities that will be translated into action.

Each strategic capability priority includes a description of what, why, how to measure, and current status.

The Eleven NIEHS I&IT Landscape Categories

  1. Facilities & Physical Plant
    NIEHS facilities and physical plant I&IT will be a secure, highly reliable, flexible, and planned resource that meets scientific and administrative requirements.
  2. Network
    The NIEHS network will be a secure, highly reliable, highly scalable resource that supports diverse scientific and administrative operations. The Network will provide a consistent robust quality of service, while also providing ample throughput and speed and security for specialty scientific applications and systems.
  3. Data Center (Servers, Storage, Cloud)
    NIEHS data center infrastructure will support, foster, and enhance NIEHS scientific and administrative needs, while meeting federal requirements and mandates. Data center capability includes the primary data center, and associated communications closets and local redundant services locations.
  4. Clinical I&IT
    NIEHS clinical I&IT infrastructure and policy will support intramural clinical research needs, by integrating and coordinating resources with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other academic and federal institutions.
  5. Laboratory I&IT
    NIEHS laboratory I&IT infrastructure and policy will support, foster, and enhance science conducted by investigator-led and core scientific groups.
  6. Data and Knowledge Management
    NIEHS data and knowledge management (DKM) infrastructure and polices will support research and administrative goals, by ensuring data meets FAIR+ principles and by providing access to the business and scientific knowledge sources, tools, and expertise that enable scientific discovery and inform operational and programmatic decision-making processes.
  7. Website Communications
    NIEHS website communications will promote the use of established and emerging internet-based technologies to facilitate scientific collaboration and expand public health awareness. By using technology, the institute will communicate effectively with diverse audiences and disseminate research findings. Through these methods, research will aid in disease prevention, contribute to scientific discovery, and inform public opinion. NIEHS will also use these methods to improve internal effectiveness through improved communications. Metrics and analytics will be used to measure and improve website communications.
  8. Non-Commodity Software
    NIEHS non-commodity software will be a planned, maintainable, and cost-effective resource for meeting scientific, grant making, and administrative requirements.
  9. Commodity Business Computing
    The NIEHS commodity business computing strategy, policy, and implementation will support, foster, and enhance the scientific and administrative needs of its diverse intramural and extramural scientists and administrators.
  10. Continuity of Operations and Disaster Recovery
    Continuity of operations (COOP) and disaster recovery I&IT will provide NIEHS with the continuation of essential functions. The institute will identify the needed I&IT support architecture for essential functions and ensure that they can be continued throughout, or resumed rapidly after, a disruption of normal activities. I&IT continuity planning incorporates overall COOP and disaster recovery activities that ensure appropriate I&IT architecture is in place prior to an event.
  11. Security and Privacy
    The NIEHS I&IT security and privacy program will implement policy and develop infrastructure to protect data and technology systems while supporting collaborative science. It will be aligned with federal, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and NIH mandates, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) standards, and industry best practices. The program will maintain security and privacy operations, support Information System Security Officer (ISSO) and Privacy Coordinator responsibilities, and enhance security and privacy risk management, internal auditing, and training.