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Why Has Unidata Been Successful?. Celebration of Unidata’s 25 th Year October 15-16, 2009 Clifford A. Jacobs National Science Foundation. Themes. The conversation The premise The intangibles The unanticipated The burden of success.

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why has unidata been successful

Why Has Unidata Been Successful?

Celebration of Unidata’s 25th Year

October 15-16, 2009

Clifford A. Jacobs

National Science Foundation

themes
Themes
  • The conversation
  • The premise
  • The intangibles
  • The unanticipated
  • The burden of success
a cacophony to a symphony
A cacophony to a symphony
  • A cacophony - 1983
  • A patron and a conductor
  • Stability and reflection
  • The nagging question
key elements
Key Elements

WORK

  • Purpose
  • National Character of relating to one another“Americans of all ages, all conditions, and all dispositions constantly form associations. …In democratic countries the science of associations is the mother of science; the progress of all the rest depends on the progress it has made.” -- Alexis DeTocqueville's DEMOCRACY IN AMERICA 1835
  • Trustworthy execution
    • Governance
    • Software
    • Communications
    • “Reputation system” broker

WORK

Organization

Convention

virtual communities and social capital
Virtual Communities and Social Capital
  • Unidata as a virtual community? -
    • “Virtual communities are social aggregations that emerge from the Net when enough people carry on those public discussions long enough, with sufficient human feeling, to form webs of personal relationships in cyberspace.” - Rheingold, Howard (1993). The Virtual Community
  • Unidata fostering Social Capital –
    • “features of social organization such as networks, norms, and social trust that facilitate coordination and cooperation for mutual benefit.” - Robert Putman (1995) America’s Declining Social Capital. Journal of Democracy
  • Unidata as a synthesis of a virtual community that fosters social capital –
    • “….social capital and civic engagement will increase when virtual communities develop around physically based communities and when these virtual communities foster additional communities of interest.” - Anita Blanchard and Tom Horan (2000) Virtual Communities and Social Capital
an unanticipated shared purpose
An Unanticipated Shared Purpose
  • Shared values that lead to greater impact than originally anticipated
    • Unidata as an “Incubator”
      • “…organizing processes to accelerate shared discovery, maturation, and validation of community-based capabilities. Common understanding of scenarios
        • Greater foresight and discernment
        • Improved collaboration
        • Sustainable “life-cycle”
    • Unidata as “A Frontier Outpost”
      • “…to open a quality conversations, augmented by “light-weight tools, to leverage collaborative capacity of united, but diverse sectors of society, seeking to discover, frame, and act on national potentials”

Courtesy of Susan Turnbull, GSA

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  • The increasing reach and influence of Unidata demands a thoughtful response
    • Developing a ancillary support community and a coalitions of the willing
  • Strategic decisions about engagement - ROI
  • Defining the community will become increasing difficult
    • Stovepipes to Wind chimes