IBM Watson agreement UT

Tom Nash filed this request with the University of Texas, Austin of Texas.
Tracking # 160203
Status
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From: Tom Nash

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Texas Public Information Act , I hereby request the following records:

The agreement, memorandum of understanding or contract between UT Austin and IBM regarding the use of Watson, IBM's supercomputer, issued between 2013 and the time this request is processed. The program is referenced here: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/ibm-watson-group-awards-university-of-texas-at-austin-top-spot-in-intercollegiate-competition-300021404.html

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Tom Nash

From: Lopez, Annela M

Dear Mr. Nash:

The attached notification letters are provided in response to your Open Records Request received via e-mail on February 3, 2015. You request that The University of Texas at Austin provide you with the following:

"The agreement, memorandum of understanding or contract between UT Austin and IBM regarding the use of Watson, IBM's supercomputer, issued between 2013 and the time this request is processed. The program is referenced here: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/ibm-watson-group-awards-university-of-texas-at-austin-top-spot-in-intercollegiate-competition-300021404.html".

Please feel free to contact me directly at (512) 471-8300 if you have any questions in the interim.

____________________________________
Annela M. Lopez
Open Records Coordinator
Office of the VP & Chief Financial Officer
The University of Texas at Austin
(512) 471-8300 (phone)
(512) 471-7742 (fax)
Hook 'Em Horns

From: Salazar, Raquel

Dear Mr. Nash,

Attached, please find correspondence filed with the Attorney General's Office regarding your February 3, 2015 public information request to the University of Texas at Austin.

Sincerely,
Raquel Salazar

Raquel Salazar
Legal Administrative Assistant
The University of Texas System
Office of General Counsel
201 West 7th Street
Austin, TX 78701
Phone: (512) 499-4462
Direct Dial: (512) 499-4483
Fax: (512) 499-4523
rasalazar@utsystem.edu<mailto:rasalazar@utsystem.edu>
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From: University of Texas, Austin

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 3, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 3, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #160203.

Thank you for your help.

From: Withers, Brandi L

Mr. Nash:

The university is currently waiting for the Attorney General to render their decision. You may contact Ms. Annela Lopez at (512) 471-8300 if you have any questions in the interim.

Thank you,
Brandi

From: Lopez, Annela M

Dear Mr. Nash:

This is a follow-up to your Open Records Request received via e-mail on February 3, 2015. You requested that The University of Texas at Austin provide you with the following:

“The agreement, memorandum of understanding or contract between UT Austin and IBM regarding the use of Watson, IBM's supercomputer, issued between 2013 and the time this request is processed. The program is referenced here: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/ibm-watson-group-awards-university-of-texas-at-austin-top-spot-in-intercollegiate-competition-300021404.html”.

The correspondence pertaining to your Open Records Request is attached. Please be advised that the IBM Watson Prototype Development Agreement is not available for release until the Attorney General’s Office issues their AG Letter Ruling. Generally, the Attorney General issues a decision no later than the 45th working day after the date the AG receives the request for a decision (on/about April 15, 2015).

Please feel free to contact me directly at (512) 471-8300 if you have any questions in the interim.

____________________________________
Annela M. Lopez
Open Records Coordinator
Office of the VP & Chief Financial Officer
The University of Texas at Austin
(512) 471-8300 (phone)
(512) 471-7742 (fax)
Hook 'Em Horns

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 3, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #160203.

Thank you for your help.

From: Withers, Brandi L

We sent a response to your request on March 17, 2015. I’ve attached a copy of the email for your review.

From: Lopez, Annela M

Hello Mr. Nash:

Once again, you inquired about the status of your Open Records Request for the agreement between UT Austin and IBM for the use of Watson, IBM’s supercomputer. Please be advised that this document is still at the Attorney General’s Office pending issuance of an AG Letter Ruling that will instruct UT Austin whether or not to release the requested document to you.

Presently, we have received no word from the AG that they have issued their ruling. Generally, the Attorney General “shall promptly render a decision not later than the 45th working day after the date the AG receives the request for a decision.” You will receive a copy of the AG Letter Ruling when it is issued. Until then, we estimate the AG should issue their AG Letter Ruling on/about May 1st.

Please contact us if you have any questions regarding the pending status of your request.

____________________________________
Annela M. Lopez
Open Records Coordinator
Office of the VP & Chief Financial Officer
The University of Texas at Austin
(512) 471-8300 (phone)
(512) 471-7742 (fax)
Hook 'Em Horns

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 3, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #160203.

Thank you for your help.

From: Lopez, Annela M

Dear Mr. Nash:

This is an update to your Open Records Request received via e-mail on February 3, 2015. You requested that The University of Texas at Austin provide you with the following:

"The agreement, memorandum of understanding or contract between UT Austin and IBM regarding the use of Watson, IBM's supercomputer, issued between 2013 and the time this request is processed. The program is referenced here: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/ibm-watson-group-awards-university-of-texas-at-austin-top-spot-in-intercollegiate-competition-300021404.html."

Our records indicate that the Attorney General's Office has not issued their AG Letter Ruling for this request. Generally, they have 45th working days after the date the AG receives the request to issue their ruling. We estimate we will receive the ruling as early as next week or as late at May 1, 2015.

When the AG issues their AG Letter Ruling, it is their standard practice to provide the requestor with a copy of their ruling.

Please feel free to contact this office if you have any further questions in the interim.

____________________________________
Annela M. Lopez
Open Records Coordinator
Office of the VP & Chief Financial Officer
The University of Texas at Austin
(512) 471-8300 (phone)
(512) 471-7742 (fax)
Hook 'Em Horns

From: University of Texas, Austin

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

From: University of Texas, Austin

A cover letter granting the request and outlining any exempted materials, if any.

From: University of Texas, Austin

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 3, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #160203.

Thank you for your help.

From: Tom Nash

Hello,

I have since received the requested documents. Thank you so much for your help.

Tom

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