Research Informatics Strategic Planning (RISP)

In December 2011, a strategic planning process was initiated by the Office of Information Technology (OIT) and the Vice Chancellor for Research (OVCR), in recognition of the need to specifically identify current and future research directions and to anticipate the types of data that people will be using, how it is collected, processed, accessed, analyzed, leveraged and shared.  The term “research informatics” may be used in different contexts.  We use the term to mean the application of information science, information processing, and the engineering of information systems to support and enable research activities, such as data collection, processing, analysis and sharing. 

Goals of RISP Project

The goals of the Research Informatics Strategic Planning (RISP) project were as follows:

  • Develop a 10-year vision for UCLA and the strategic principles that will guide planning
  • Develop a 5-year detailed roadmap that defines priorities and critical paths
  • Scope effort and develop cost estimate for a 5-year initiative
  • Develop a 1-year project and implementation plan
  • Define the governance process for research


The process was broken into three phases:

Phase 1:  Determining Basic IT Needs and Services (December 2011 through April 2012)

Phase 2:  Visioning the Future of Research Informatics at UCLA (April 2012 through February 2013)

Phase 3: Finalizing the Strategic Plan

Initiation Date

RISP began in 2011.


Implemented and part of ongoing operations.

Key personnel


• Jim Davis, Vice Provost, Information Technology
• Arash Naeim, Chief Medical Officer for Clinical Research

Other Board Members

• Doug Bell, Professor, Clinical and Translational Science Institute
• Alex Bui, Professor, Clinical and Translational Science Institute
• Johanna Drucker, Professor, Information Studies
• Kevin Gerson, Law Library
• Todd Grappone, Associate University Librarian
• Warren Mori, Professor, Physics, Astronomy & Electrical Engineering
• Benjamin Nathan, David Geffen School of Medicine
• Aydogan Ozcan, Professor Clinical and Translational Science Institute
• Michael Pfeffer, Clinical and Translational Science Institute
• Majid Sarafzadeh, Professor, Clinical and Translational Science Institute
• Virginia Steel, University Librarian
• Jim Stigler, Professor, Psychology
• Lois Takahashi, Professor, Public Policy
• Willeke Wendrich, Professor, Digital Humanities

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