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Message from the Director-General

Director of IIMC : Hajime KITA

The Institute for Information Management and Communication (IIMC) was established on April 1, 2005 to enrich the university's information infrastructure and manage its information environment.

The IIMC originated as an umbrella organization comprising the Academic Center for Computing and Media Studies (ACCMS) and the Information Environment Department. Additional faculty members were then enlisted to establish the organization in its present form, and the IIMC's relationship with the ACCMS was also clarified.

The university's information environment is essential to its activities, providing its information network, authentication infrastructure, various servers, computer laboratories for education, and other functions. It also serves as kind of "mirror" that reflects the university itself, providing an overview of the university's functioning, without which its planning, organization, operation, and evaluation could not be performed.

Information security and other issues require rapid technological innovation and continuous attention, and the various aspects of university reform and operation are becoming increasingly complex. It is necessary to provide combined support for those efforts through information and communications technology. As indicated by the chart below, the IIMC defines the information environment as including not only the information infrastructure (hardware and software), but also the "humanware," i.e. the people and organizations that use it. Maintaining the information environment entails not only the provision of information infrastructure, but also the continuous development of the personnel who operate it.

In accordance with the above, the IIMC defines its functions as follows:

(1) Planning, development, management, and operation of the university-wide IT infrastructure.

(2) Provision of various user services related to the IT infrastructure, and enhancement of the information environment and its safety.

(3) Development of information technologies and personnel with advanced information literacy.

The IIMC performs the above three functions with due consideration to balance and responding appropriately to constantly changing circumstances.

In structuring the information environment, it is necessary to exercise foresight to provide new services in anticipation of future developments, and to enhance the reliability, convenience, and economy of the service provided. This cannot be achieved by the IIMC in isolation, and the cooperation of the information environment's users--such as the various university organizations, and its faculty, staff, and students--is essential. ICT usage is promoted to enhance the operations of the university's various organizations. Collaboration with those organizations is vital to enhance the quality of the ICT service and reduce its cost.

Various companies participate in managing and arranging the hardware required for the information environment. In addition to conducting business honestly and ethically, the IIMC cooperates and shares knowledge with those companies to provide the best possible service.

One economical characteristic of information and communications technology is that its merit increases as its number of users rises. Problems which cannot be solved by a single university can be addressed in collaboration with other institutions. The Academic eXchange for Information Environment and Strategy (AXIES) is an organization that was founded to facilitate collaboration between universities, companies, and other organizations. Kyoto University is a founding member of AXIES.

The IIMC endeavors to provide the best service possible and always welcomes comments and advice from its users.

 

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