A NATIONAL DIGITAL INFRASTRUCTURE FOR HIGHER EDUCATION

  • Bendik Bygstad University of Oslo
  • Egil Øvrelid University of Oslo
  • Lars Oftedal Center for Information Technology Services at University of Oslo

Abstract

Historically, universities and institutes have developed their own IT solutions for education and research. This has worked well but constitutes today a challenge for digitalization because fragmented solutions are expensive and an obstacle for interaction and cooperation. In addition, universities are challenged by new actors. Our research question is, how can a digital university be conceptualised and governed? And how should universities relate to the larger national and global digital ecosys-tems of higher education and research? Our empirical evidence is a study of the Norwegian Higher Education sector with a particular focus on the University of Oslo. We find that the sector, being unique in the world, has developed some successful shared solutions, and is also establishing a coor-dinated governance regime. Our contribution is to propose an Enterprise Architetecture for higher education, and to discuss the sector solutions in a digital infrastructure perspective.

Published
2019-11-18