Issues

Issues

This one-day invitational meeting will examine the implications of cyberinfrastructure for institutional strategy and policy – and, conversely, the implications of universities programs and policies on the design of cyberinfrastructure – by focusing on issues in organizing and sustaining the sharing of data, knowledge, technology, and innovation across institution and sector boundaries:

  • What are the roles of the individual university, regional consortia, and specialized consortia in sustaining and evolving cyberinfrastructure?
  • How can universities reconcile incentives and expectations of increased upstream control with demands for increasing openness?
  • How can universities work with industry in advancing data collection, research, and infrastructure that spans open science and proprietary technology?
  • How can universities help adapt cyberinfrastructure to downstream innovation, taking into account differences in technologies, innovation, business models, organizational cultures, and costs?
  • How will cyberinfrastructure affect the balance between independent, collaborative, and sequential innovation? How can different models of cyberinfrastructure mediate between closed and open models of collaboration?
  • What are the implications of cyberinfrastructure for different forms of knowledge and the codification enterprise within and beyond the academy? What role should academic services provide in reaching agreement on standardized definitions, categories, and procedures?
  • What is the practical research agenda for cyberinfrastructure and knowledge about knowledge – and how can universities participate as institutions?
  • How does innovation in cyberinfrastructure differ from innovation in natural science-based technology?
  • What are the implications of cyberinfrastructure for public access to university resources and the public service mission of the university? How does it affect tradeoffs between exclusivity and nonexclusivity in dealings with industry?