The Unit Hierarchy Database (UHD) defines the organizational structure of the University of Georgia. It assists Office of Research and UGA in managing business processes (workflow), produce reports, identify members of organizations (in conjunction with UMD) and can be used for future applications that need electronic access to the organizational hierarchy. UHD is a mission-critical application for Office of Research.
UHD provides both identification and hierarchical information about all “units” in the University. A unit is an organizational entity of any type (e.g., centers, departments, colleges, offices), usually with associated human resources. It incorporates but expands on unit codes and hierarchies in BUD_ORG_STRUCTURE, the existing budgetary organization at UGA. Identification includes not only names and budget codes (if assigned) for units, but also the type of unit, the status (official or unofficial) of unit, multiple names and synonyms for unit, and the history of any changes to these identifying attributes (see below).
UHD supports multiple hierarchical reporting structures, and currently includes an Administrative hierarchy (typically recognized as an institution’s org. chart) and Budgetary hierarchy, which incorporates the Accounting Department’s BUD_ORG_STRUCTURE database, updated nightly.
UHD is in the “sixth normal form,” meaning that the status and relationships of the structures are stored and shown in a temporal or historic context. For example, the organizational structure as it was last month can be seen. This temporal context currently reflects only a few months of history, as it begins at the time of UHD’s implementation of the sixth normal form feature.
UHD provides secure web services so that any authorized application can use the capabilities of UHD.
UHD is integrated with other Office of Research applications, such as Online Transmittal Form, Unit Membership Database, Service Center Database, and eXtended Property Records.