Workshops to Help Improve Campus Understanding and Use of Cyberinfrastructure to Support Research and Instruction
Washington, DC – December 21, 2009 – Through a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant awarded to a consortium of higher education associations led by Internet2, it was announced today that eight research universities have been selected to receive funding to develop and host a workshop on Cyberinfrastructure. Called "CI Days" these events seek to advance understanding of, planning for, and implementation of Cyberinfrastructure in the institutions. The grant recipients include: Colorado State University, University of Kentucky, University of Michigan, North Carolina State University, University of Notre Dame, the Pennsylvania State University, Purdue University, and University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Cyberinfrastructure (CI) refers to inter-linked systems of advanced computing power, networks, storage, graphic display capabilities, and research instrumentation and sensors. CI also can include related software, services and virtual organizations for collaborative research and instruction. As articulated in the 2003 report of the NSF Blue Ribbon Panel on Cyberinfrastructure, such formidable problems as understanding global climate change, mastering nanotechnology, and probing the fundamental character of matter will require CI at institutional, regional, national, and international scales. CI Days agendas, while focused on institutional capabilities and requirements, will also address the role of research universities in the global CI environment.
"CI Days assemble key campus stakeholders including faculty and other researchers, IT and library experts, administrators and students to exchange ideas, articulate needs, and explore best practices in this fast-changing domain," said Dr. Jennifer M. Schopf, Program Director for the National Science Foundation's Office of Cyberinfrastructure.
"It is our hope that CI Days will broaden the higher education community's understanding of CI opportunities and challenges as well as accelerate institutional planning and investment in Cyberinfrastructure."
Over the next 12 months, each funded campus will hold a CI Days event of one to two days duration. The workshops will have locally programmed formats and content, ranging from keynotes by national experts to hands-on sessions to demonstrate and stimulate use of local and remote resources. The selected campuses will document the event as well as provide post-event assessment of the deployment and use of cyberinfrastructure in the institution. Through formal reports and conference presentations, campus representatives will share their experiences and insights with the broader research and education community.
The CI Days program is organized and supported by a consortium of associations working to advance use of information technology in research and higher education, including NSF, EDUCAUSE, Internet2, the Minority-Serving Institution Cyberinfrastructure Empowerment Coalition (MSI-CIEC), National LambdaRail, Open Science Grid, SURA and TeraGrid. Internet2 serves as the fiscal agent for the NSF grant.