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Year 2000 Marcia L. Zuzolo 06 Aug 1997 10:52 EST

How are your institutions responding to NSF's recent Important Notice
about the Year 2000 computer problem? For those of you who haven't
seen the notice, essentially it is a reminder that recipients of NSF
grants and contracts need to anticipate and react to any
computer-related problems that might be caused by the year 2000.

I've just met with some of the computing folks at my institution who
are responsible for working on general Year 2000 concerns. We believe
there are three approaches:

1. Do an individual project analysis of every NSF-funded project.

2. Provide information packets to our researchers informing them of
potential Year 2000 problems and offering assistance. We then require
them to sign off that they have no related difficulties or are
working on solving the problem (a similar procedure to conflict of
interest and other sign offs).

3. Same information packet, but no sign off required.

What other approaches might work? What are other institutions doing?

We're not too concerned with institutional applications (financial
systems, etc.) but more with individual
equipment/devices/applications of our researchers.

Send replies to me, and I'll post a summary to the list.

Marcia Landen Zuzolo
Sponsored Research Services
Bryan Hall Room 1
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN 47405
812-855-0516 (voice)
812-855-9943 (fax)

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