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ECAR working groups bring together higher education IT leaders to address technology challenges. Individuals at EDUCAUSE member institutions are invited to collaborate on projects that advance emerging technologies important to colleges and universities. See all the ECAR Working Group publications in the EDUCAUSE library.


Technology Spotlights

This series of papers is designed to help you learn about and understand the implications of emerging technologies in higher education.

2016 Spotlights:

See also the 2015 Spotlights

New Publications

Data Protection Primer for Higher Education: Environmental Considerations, Culture, and Practices
Data protection demands proactive consideration of numerous issues and cultural shifts, even as data protection tools and practices evolve. It can be organized into four domains and is influenced by broad environmental and cultural shifts that present additional challenges for confidentiality, integrity, and availability of data, now and into the future.

Preparing the IT Organization for the Cloud: Operationalizing the Cloud
The effective adoption of cloud services requires changes to an organization's existing operational practices and procedures, as well as an understanding of the risks of cloud computing.

Recent Publications

See all ECAR Working Group Resources. Visit the EDUCAUSE library.

Get Involved

Address emerging issues, identify trends, present findings, and more.

CLOUD Webinar Series

We are excited to announce a new ECAR Working Group webinar series. These events are meant to engage the ECAR community in a conversation around previously published ECAR Working Group content. No registration is required. Access the events online at:

For more information or to suggest future webinar topics, contact us at


Plan on joining us at this year ECAR Working Group meetings at the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA.


ECAR Campus Cyberinfrastructure (ECAR-CCI) Working Group Meeting
10 – 11:50 a.m
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ECAR Working Groups Open Meeting
12 – 2:50 p.m.
Room TBA
Open to all conference attendees; no separate registration is required.


Cloud Readiness: Preparing for Takeoff
2:40 – 3:30 p.m.
Room TBA


Better Decision-Making: Data You Can Use to Inform Your Cloud Strategy
8:00 – 8:50
Room TBA

New Models for IT Strategic Planning: A Report from the ECAR Working Group
8:00 – 8:50
Room TBA