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Lesser Merriment University Cyberinfrastructure Task Force Dee Childs ([email protected]) Ken Fauerbach ([email protected]) Rich Greenfield ([email protected]) Erin Griffin ([email protected]) Christopher Mackie ([email protected]) Pam McQuesten ([email protected]).

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Lmu cyberinfrastructure plan

Lesser Merriment University Cyberinfrastructure Task Force

Dee Childs ([email protected])

Ken Fauerbach ([email protected])

Rich Greenfield ([email protected])

Erin Griffin ([email protected])

Christopher Mackie ([email protected])

Pam McQuesten ([email protected])

LMU Cyberinfrastructure Plan


Who are we

  • Lesser Merriment U at a glance:

    • Private, Master’s I institution in SoCal

    • 6k UG, 3k GS, residential, regional

    • Schools: LibArts, SciEng, Film, Comm, Bus, Ed

    • Consortial memberships: Library, I2

    • Consortial opportunities: plentiful

      • CA consortia

      • LibArts consortia

Who are we?


Where are we going

  • Our charge: Develop a plan and business model to provide the technology infrastructure (“cyberinfrastructure”) necessary to support LMU’s six strategic initiatives:

    • Bioethics

    • Globalized, distributed film-making

    • Serious and commercial games

    • In-service infrastructure for K-12 teachers

    • Entrepreneurship

    • Connecting A&S faculty with disciplinary research communities

Where are we going?


What is cyberinfrastructure

  • Computer, information, and communication technology deployed in support of multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional collaboration [NSF]

    • Computation and communication

    • Data management

    • Virtual organizations (VOs)

    • Education and workforce training

  • Emphasizes sharing, efficiency, interoperability across scholarly communities

  • Facilitates new applications, new modes of scholarship and practice

What is Cyberinfrastructure?


Our process

  • Engage stakeholders as advisers in support of multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional collaboration [NSF]

    • CFO/COO

    • Deans & Faculty: Comp Sci; others (identified by strategic initiatives)

    • IT: Networking, Collaborative Services, Academic Services

  • Map strategic initiatives to CI capabilities

  • Assess readiness/identify gaps

  • Prioritize needs

  • Develop resource acquisition plan

Our Process


Mapping requirements to readiness
Mapping Requirements to Readiness in support of multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional collaboration [NSF]


Are we ready for ci

  • Not quite… in support of multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional collaboration [NSF]

    • Networking, storage need significant upgrades

    • Some additional staffing is needed, esp. as usage grows

    • Organizational development is needed

      • Cross-disciplinary collaboration, coordination

      • Expertise in developing/inhabiting “virtual organizations”

      • Closer cooperation between schools/faculty and IT

    • Need CI-friendly support software (“middleware”)

      • Multi-institutional identity management (“Shibboleth”)

      • Institutional repository/publishing platform (“Fedora”)

  • But there’s good news…

    • Facilities are adequate for the near term

    • Strategic initiatives are already improving collaboration

    • Institutional strengths in education and ed tech will be valuable

Are we ready for CI?


Timeline
Timeline in support of multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional collaboration [NSF]

3-year plan


Financial support strategy

  • Minimize LMU capital expenditures via external support in support of multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional collaboration [NSF]

    • Corporate partnerships

      • Outsourced capabilities in computation, data, and/or VOs

      • LMU provides research and/or workforce development (e.g., in bioethics)

    • Government and other philanthropy

      • NSF, NIH, DoD; corporate & private philanthropy

      • Support for network & data storage upgrades

      • Focus fundraising on the strategic initiatives, not on cyberinfrastructure implementation per se

Financial Support Strategy


At end of year 3

  • Sustainable CI installation that will support the comprehensive pursuit of LMU’s strategic initiatives:

  • Participation of LMU faculty in relevant national and international CI initiatives

  • Cross-disciplinary collaboration within LMU and with other institutions

  • Creation and management of ad hoc and institutionalized virtual organizations for teaching, research, service

  • Full life-cycle management of faculty and institutional data

At end of Year 3….


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