Let’s talk about cyberinfrastructure …

December 20th, 2006 by Kaitlin Thaney

Science Commons has joined the Committee for Economic Development, the Council on Competitiveness, the National Science Foundation and the University of Michigan in sponsoring a conference this January on Cyberinfrastructure.

Entitled “Designing Cyberinfrastructure for Collaboration and Innovation – Emerging Frameworks and Strategies for Enabling and Controlling Knowledge,” this conference hopes to do just that – to open the lines of communication in hopes of further assessing emerging models. The event brings together policy makers and opinion leaders in government, industry and academia to discuss the future of cyberinfrastructure, enabling it to successfully continue to support current and future discoveries in science and engineering. Participants will help examine the strategies needed to fully address the tension between enabling infrastructure and traditional controls on the expression and application of knowledge. Questions will be posed on how experience in attempting to resolve this issue affects policies governing the creation and application of knowledge.

The move towards a more digital environment, globalization, and the rise of collaborative research and innovation, knowledge is now managed and created in new ways. Cyberinfrastructure is said to offer the vision necessary that can integrate diverse resources across barriers based on time, geography and jurisdiction across the disciplines.

This event, the fourth in a series on the economic implications of advancing digital technology and infrastructure, builds on issues recently examined in “Advancing Knowledge and the Knowledge Economy”, held in January 2005.

The conference will be held at the old National Academies Building, adjacent to the Mall, and will run from January 29-30, 2007. For more information about the event and registration, please visit the conference’s Web site.

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