Meeting format: Cyberinfrastructure, Innovation, and University Policy

This is an invitation-only meeting to explore both local and collaborative strategy and policy for outward-facing and collaborative cyberinfrastructure. Targeted audience includes provosts, leaders in specific university services (IT, libraries, tech transfer, research administration), and counterparts in industry, federal agencies, and foundations. We are seeking to build a community of leaders in higher education who can advance the strategic and policy issues in the development of cyberinfrastructure at regional, national, and international levels.  The event is designed as a workshop rather than a conference and intended for sophisticated participants reasonably familiar with the range of panel topics.

Our emphasis is on cyberinfrastructure as a whole but especially those aspects of cyberinfrastructure that have received less attention than field-specific scientific research. Panels will address commonalities and distinctions in implementing cyberinfrastructure for data, publishing, courseware, knowledge and technology transfer, closed and open collaboration, and different forms of innovation. The focus is on cross-boundary cyberinfrastructure, with regard for the mix of local empowerment, partnership, and collaborative action through virtual organization(s).

Presentations will be very short (5-7 mins), problem/issue-oriented, and provocative – rather than an exposition of what the presenter’s organization is doing. (Presenters may of course reference what they are doing in the context of challenges, issues, and opportunities.) Background materials, including 1-3 page thought pieces requested in advance from panelists, will be posted privately for conference participants. All participants are invited to submit statements and questions to moderators in advance and will be called on accordingly. After the conference, we will prepare a report and public website.

The meeting will take place in the Keck Center of the National Academies in Washington on February 21 preceded by a reception at the Keck Center the evening before. The target number of participants, including panelists, is 100. Invitees will be asked to suggest two additional names to receive invitations.