I am on a committee tasked with advising my university's Information Technology office on institutional needs and issues regarding IT. They are pretty knowledgeable about how to support the university's general administrative IT requirements (office applications, business IT infrastructure, securing personal data, etc) as well as instructional technology (smart classrooms, learning management systems, etc). But they have less insight into the needs of academic research.
I try to bring up issues that I face in my own research, but I am only in one discipline (math), and I am sure there are many things I am missing. It would help to be able to anticipate some of these issues, rather than reacting after discovering problems or omissions.
What special IT resources or support are commonly needed for academic research?
I am looking for issues that are fairly unique to research, that wouldn't be as commonly encountered in other generic large organizations, or in other university business. (So no need to mention general things like email, wifi, etc.) It needn't be limited to STEM disciplines, though I imagine they will have the most.
It would be especially great if there are lists developed by professional societies or the like; this would be more "authoritative" than general suggestions from the community. Especially if it explains the rationale for the benefit of non-researchers.
A few that I thought of, to get started:
Specific operating systems that might not match the organization's "standard" OS
Installing third-party and open-source software without waiting for administrator intervention
Storing and backing up unusually large amounts of data
Transferring large amounts of data between institutions, through firewalls
Access to a variety of communication and conferencing tools that might not match the organization's "standard" conferencing solution
Remote login access to work computers