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    Moving Data....Presented by Ian Foster
    Last Changed by Greg Monaco, Oct 05, 2011 15:41

    This is a very interesting presentation on moving large-scale data.  I spoke with Ian prior to the presentation and he explained that we would also be hearing from Steve Tuecke about this on Friday (Professional Development seminar).  I won't give it away!

    Posted at Oct 05, 2011 by Greg Monaco 0 Comments
    Innovation Panel (General Session), Internet2
    Last Changed by Greg Monaco, Oct 05, 2011 10:01

    Shannon Tufts, Director, UNC Center for Public Technology

    Innovation is something that we are all used to.  We have a distinguished panel.  

    Panelist Comments

    Holden Thorp, Chancellor, UNC

    RTP (Research Triangle Park) is competing for #3 in the region for innovation dollars.  The three reasons we haven't quite achieved everything we can:  1) do we have an adequate ecosystem for producing companies?  Not a lot of folks nearby who have created a company.  2)  If faculty members are successful at getting research dollars then they are less likely to want to start a company.  Our success in that area holds back the development of new startups. 3) There is a shortage of people that you can talk to, informally.  Seminars don't work.

    At Chapel Hill we are 1) Teaching entrepreneurship to our students.  This can be partnered with other degree programs, it seems.  2) Streamlining the bureaucratic hurdle--bureaucrats are good at initiating a rule to prevent something bad from happening.  We have an express license with the university that can get done in two weeks.  3) We try to improve the atmosphere where faculty can meet folks who have started a company.  We bring in folks to teach a class or two and faculty can meet them, informally.

    John Bardo, Retired Chancellor, Western Carolina University

    Discussion of innovation at the state level.  People are talking about American innovation sinking.  This discussion of innovation is also about the future of our children, the future of our country, aspects of employment and unemployment.

    Can we educate our work force?  Do we need more college degrees or is it the kind of education that folks receive.  Looking at this among states in terms of their abilities to be competitive I have found some indicators that are consistent in explaining business innovation and education innovation.

    Business Innovation (most to least predictive):

    1. % of employment in high tech firms
    2. % of computer specialists among workforce
    3. Business R&D among industry
    4. % of engineers in workforce
    5. SBIRs as percent of state GDP--
    6. Venture capital oer million
    7. s&e grad students per thousand people aged 25 to 34.

    Education Innovation (most to least predictive):

    1. Academic R&D as percent of state GDP
    2. S&E bachelor's degrees awarded
    3. Percent of 25 to 44 year olds who are high school grads
    4. SBIRs per million dollars of state GDP

    States who have more students who qualify for LOANS are more likely to be more competitive.  States with more students who qualify for PELL GRANTS are less competitive. LOANS are the best single predictor of a state's competitiveness (negative correlation).

    We have to help women and minorities understand the roots to success.

    Matthew Szulik, former President & CEO, Red Hat

    Some Controversy:  Most of the most successful entrepreneurs DON'T have college degrees.

    How did Redhat become a leader:  When I joined RedHat in 1996, they were a magazine company placing disks in the back of magazines.  They continued to reach out to kids in 1997 & 1998 who understood the Internet but did not have college degrees.  These were unbelievably young people who were incredibly constrained by the college setting and that caused them to drop out.

    We're here because of Open Source computing -- the Internet is the most visible open source project.  Open Source is here to stay!

    From 1998 to 2001 our board members tried to push me to move to California from North Carolina.  Fortunately, we did not.

    The roots of open source are in the academic world.  Open source is the content that can fuel education and training and innovation.  A person can learn via the MIT coursework that is now online and delve into the roots of open source code.

    Posted at Oct 05, 2011 by Greg Monaco 1 Comment
    Measuring the Value of Your Regional Collaboration
    Last Changed by Greg Monaco, Oct 05, 2011 10:02


    CIOs of institutions at OMNIPOP asked engineers, "What would we have to do or pay in order to replace the service?"

    If the cost is higher than working with OMNIPOP then we are doing the right thing.  If not, then we are doing the wrong things.

    Just looking at I2, some use OMNIPOP as a primary connection and others as a secondary.

    Survey was developed to see which were being used by members.  Essential services, value-added services and some that were not being used.

    Then, assigned a dollar value to each service.

    Handout has average savings per school.

    For FY11, they multiplied the average rating for the service by the number of respondents who ranked that item to come up with a value ranking.

    The cost of the collaboration was $825K.  The value of the return on investment was $3.26 in value for each dollar invested by a school.

    The metrics give CIOs confidence that they are on the right path.  

    For the engineers the answer to the questions, "What if the OMNIPOP went away?" was "We would find/start another collaboration.

    Another benefit is that the engineers have evidence that the services they are providing via OMNIPOP are valuable and a good use of time.

    This also helps others in CIC to communicate the value this particular collaboration. 

    Other Methods from Audience:

    Count number of proposals from institutions that indicate they are using the network.

    Posted at Oct 05, 2011 by Greg Monaco 0 Comments
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