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1 A Review of its Uses at the University of Michigan Data Collaboration in the Wild Erik C. Hofer Collaboratory for Research on Electronic Work School of Information University of Michigan

2 Erik C. Hofer Collaboratory for Research on Electronic Work School of Information, University of Michigan Overview The challenge ahead Confronting the Tsunami Some specimens from the Wild Some lessons

3 Erik C. Hofer Collaboratory for Research on Electronic Work School of Information, University of Michigan The challenge Why this talk? Why now? Many reasons An exploding market An exploding demand We have to sort this all out for our users

4 Erik C. Hofer Collaboratory for Research on Electronic Work School of Information, University of Michigan The tsunami A convenient metaphor Web conferencing and data collaboration products are a giant wall of water, headed straight for us, that will cause great destruction if we are not prepared We have to understand how this wave is going to hit us

5 Erik C. Hofer Collaboratory for Research on Electronic Work School of Information, University of Michigan Some tsunami background A series of massive waves Energy is constant function of height and speed grow rapidly in size as they approach shore Caused (typically) by earthquakes or other seismic activity Can cause massive destruction

6 Erik C. Hofer Collaboratory for Research on Electronic Work School of Information, University of Michigan Our tsunami There are seismic changes underway in how research and education are conducted Forces have been building for a long time, but we are about to see major motion as those forces release To prepare for this tsunami, we must understand the source of the wave, more so than the wave itself

7 Erik C. Hofer Collaboratory for Research on Electronic Work School of Information, University of Michigan Seismic changes There is wide belief that the education and research community is poised to embrace new applications enabled by advanced IT infrastructure The cyberinfrastructure perspective has some concrete thoughts on how this should work for higher ed. Atkins et al., 2003 K-12 is not far behind Fortunately, there have been some tremors that we can look to to understand what lies ahead

8 Erik C. Hofer Collaboratory for Research on Electronic Work School of Information, University of Michigan Some examples Remote instrumentation UARC/SPARC and NEESgrid Data discussion GLR CFAR and NEES ES-TF Distance education GIS Global Graduate Seminar and Anthrax Virtual Briefings

9 Erik C. Hofer Collaboratory for Research on Electronic Work School of Information, University of Michigan A note about the examples Standing on the shoulders of giants A huge number of people have been involved in each of these projects and I know I will not give due credit to each, but Ill try

10 Erik C. Hofer Collaboratory for Research on Electronic Work School of Information, University of Michigan UARC / SPARC NSF-funded Upper Atmospheric Research Collaboratory and Space Physics and Aeronomy Research Collaboratory projects Remote instrumentation of facilities for upper atmospheric science Provided simultaneous viewing of multiple instruments, archival data and model visualizations in a collaboratory environment

11 Erik C. Hofer Collaboratory for Research on Electronic Work School of Information, University of Michigan UARC 5.0

12 Erik C. Hofer Collaboratory for Research on Electronic Work School of Information, University of Michigan UARC 6.0

13 Erik C. Hofer Collaboratory for Research on Electronic Work School of Information, University of Michigan SPARC

14 Erik C. Hofer Collaboratory for Research on Electronic Work School of Information, University of Michigan NEESgrid Collaboratory component of the NSF- funded George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation Provides access to major earthquake engineering infrastructure at 15 research facilities in the US Enables remote participation and integration of numerical and physical simulation

15 Erik C. Hofer Collaboratory for Research on Electronic Work School of Information, University of Michigan NEESgrid Interface

16 Erik C. Hofer Collaboratory for Research on Electronic Work School of Information, University of Michigan GLR CFAR NIH-funded Great Lakes Regional Center for AIDS Research A virtual center connecting researchers at Connected through various collaboration technology

17 Erik C. Hofer Collaboratory for Research on Electronic Work School of Information, University of Michigan Virtual Lab meeting

18 Erik C. Hofer Collaboratory for Research on Electronic Work School of Information, University of Michigan Virtual Lab Seminar

19 Erik C. Hofer Collaboratory for Research on Electronic Work School of Information, University of Michigan Regular virtual lab meeting for equipment sites in NEES Typically sites Content ranging from roundtable discussions to presentations NEES ES-TF

20 Erik C. Hofer Collaboratory for Research on Electronic Work School of Information, University of Michigan NEES ES-TF

21 Erik C. Hofer Collaboratory for Research on Electronic Work School of Information, University of Michigan Global Graduate Seminar Graduate-level course taught between several universities University of Michigan, American University, Howard University, University of Witwatersrand, University of Fort Hare, University of Pretoria Professor spends time in each place Each student is a participant in a web conferencing session

22 Erik C. Hofer Collaboratory for Research on Electronic Work School of Information, University of Michigan Global Graduate Seminar

23 Erik C. Hofer Collaboratory for Research on Electronic Work School of Information, University of Michigan Rapid Response Collaboratory A public-health related project organized in October, 2001 as a response to concerns about anthrax Core group of 10 people affiliated with GLR CFAR organized virtual briefings Used Placeware and commercial conference call provider Over 1200 participants in 8 states

24 Erik C. Hofer Collaboratory for Research on Electronic Work School of Information, University of Michigan Some lessons Not all uses of data collaboration are the same No silver bullet in technology choice Effort required depends largely on what activities need to be supported There are many ways to do this!

25 Erik C. Hofer Collaboratory for Research on Electronic Work School of Information, University of Michigan Some themes Remote instrumentation Data is the focus Low technological barriers to entry Data discussion Conversation is the focus Specialized hardware may be necessary Distance education Need to be extremely fault tolerant

26 Erik C. Hofer Collaboratory for Research on Electronic Work School of Information, University of Michigan Conclusion The tsunami is heading for us We have to understand the seismic changes in work that are sending the water our way Task and infrastructure requirements can yield very different collaborative environments for different users There is no single integrated solution right now, but we can piece things together

27 Erik C. Hofer Collaboratory for Research on Electronic Work School of Information, University of Michigan Acknowledgments National Science Foundation SPARC - ATM UARC - IRI NEESgrid - CMS National Institutes of Health GLR CFAR - 5 P30 CA79458

28 Erik C. Hofer Collaboratory for Research on Electronic Work School of Information, University of Michigan Ack: GGS W.K. Kellog Foundation CSIR University of Michigan School of Information Center for Afroamerican and African Studies Alliance for Community Technology International Possibilities Unlimited Microsoft Research Cisco Systems Orbicom National Science Foundation

29 Erik C. Hofer Collaboratory for Research on Electronic Work School of Information, University of Michigan People (not all) Gary Olson Tom Finholt Stephanie Teasley Derrick Cogburn Dan Atkins Tim Killeen Farnham Jahanian Atul Prakash Bob Clauer Terry Weymouth Bill Spencer Peter Knoop Steve Wolinsky Jason Yerkie Vlad Wielbut Joseph Hardin Charles Severance Dan Horn Jeremy Birnholtz Dheeraj Motwani Sung-Joo Bae Dan Horn Tim Schacker Sarah Rybicki Deborah Robinson James Jackson Michael Traugoutt Michael Kennedy Michael Cohen Rik Panginiban Robert Guerra Amb. Anthony Hill Nestor Zaluzec


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