Given that the U of A is switching to Google for email, it would seem the primary argument for hosting stuff on campus may no longer be critical – if it’s OK to host content and student info from a Canadian university on an American server.
So, the question becomes: Should campuses host their own services? Email? Blogs? Wikis? Would it be better to just point people to recommended third party services (wordpress.com, etc…) and provide some support and context?
Should I still be running UCalgaryBlogs.ca and wiki.ucalgary.ca? Should they be transitioned to off-campus services?
I really need to hear from faculty, students, staff, and the off-campus community. Any opinions?