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The Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) plans and directs the development, implementation, maintenance, enhancement, and operation of the Smithsonian Institution's information technology (IT) systems. In addition, it operates the Smithsonian Institution's computer facilities, equipment, web infrastructure, web hosting services, telecommunications, and networks. OCIO also provides management oversight of decentralized IT implementations by Smithsonian museums and units.
OCIO staff and their Institutional partners work together to identify ways in which IT can be leveraged to improve how the Smithsonian achieves its mission for the increase and diffusion of knowledge worldwide for students, educators, scientists, scholars, citizen scientists, enthusiasts, and the general public. Our biggest challenges will be to:
For most of these challenges, the technology exists today. The challenge lies in developing common standards, defining common requirements, funding, and ultimately building flexible solutions that will support the diversity from which the Institution gets its strength.