For about a year now, I have been working with three other CIOs on a project we call LabSTOR. Rick Holmgren (Allegheny), Mike Roy (Middlebury), Pam McQuesten (Occidental) and I all wanted to find a way to get access to the kind of remote computing services provided by North Carolina State’s Virtual Computing Lab (VCL). The service allows people to use specialized software without having to install it on their local machine and without having to visit a lab.
At the Consortium of Liberal Arts Colleges (CLAC) conference in June 2009, we tested the waters for interest and came away confident that we should move forward with a pilot project. After a good deal of research, we contracted with NITLE to help manage the project and with Longsight for the infrastructure. We recently announced the initiative and called for twenty schools to commit funding for a three year pilot. Within a day of the announcement we had fourteen commitments! See the map below for a snapshot of schools that have joined.
Here at CIS, we are thinking of use cases that would make sense in LabSTOR. If you know of a piece of software that is installed, say, in only one lab, but which you think ought to be available remotely to anyone on campus, drop me a line.
The LabSTOR web page is http://labstor.blogspot.com. And You can view a screencast of the NC State VCL at http://www5.hmc.edu/vcldemo.html
From the Sakai listserv….
Nominations for the Sakai Fellows Program for 2010 are now open. Up to six fellows will be chosen by the selection committee. We are seeking nominees who have advanced the goals of the Sakai Community by their innovative work, leadership and/or advocacy. The nomination form is attached and eligibility requirements are listed below. You are encouraged to submit more than one nomination and you are free to nominate yourself.
The Sakai Fellows program seeks to foster community leadership and contributions by recognizing and supporting active contributors. Fellows enrich the community in a variety of ways, including technical expertise, teaching and research practices and community organization, support and leadership. Fellowship awards recognize such contributions and support the efforts of the Fellows with a modest stipend.
AWARD AT A GLANCE
Total: up to six Fellowships will be awarded
Term: 1 year from date of award
Stipend: $2500.00 (USD); Sakai 2010 Denver conference registration fees will also be waived.
All members of the Sakai Community are eligible for nomination subject to the following limitations:
1. A nominee must not have held a fellowship awarded in the previous year.
2. A nominee cannot be a member of the Sakai Board, Sakai Foundation staff or Sakai Fellows Selection Committee
Friday, 7 May 2009, Midnight EDT
From the NEH’s Office of Digital Humanities blog at http://www.neh.gov/ODH/
The Digging into Data Challenge
The Digging into Data Challenge is an international grant competition sponsored by four leading research agencies, the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) from the United Kingdom, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) from the United States, the National Science Foundation (NSF) from the United States, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) from Canada.
What is the “challenge” we speak of? The idea behind the Digging into Data Challenge is to answer the question “what do you do with a million books?” Or a million pages of newspaper? Or a million photographs of artwork? That is, how does the notion of scale affect humanities and social science research? Now that scholars have access to huge repositories of digitized data — far more than they could read in a lifetime — what does that mean for research? Check out the competition website: http://www.diggingintodata.org/.
An announcement from HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Advanced Collaboratory) came in this morning. It may be of interest to HMC students. With sponsorship from the MacArthur Foundation, they have announced a digital media and learning competition.
The website is http://www.dmlcompetition.net/
Here’s the announcement that came via email:
An announcement from HASTAC.org
We want to hear your ideas about how you can make new technologies enable and enhance learning. This year the $2 million Digital Media and Learning Competition has special awards for those aged 18-25, to help you take your innovative ideas from the garage to implementation. Young Innovator awards range from $5,000-$30,000. Focus: Participatory Learning. Deadline: October 15, 2008. Find out more at http://www.dmlcompetition.net
—PLEASE DISTRIBUTE WIDELY—
DIGITAL MEDIA AND LEARNING COMPETITION 2008
Looking for Young Innovators
$2 Million Competition
Focus: Participatory Learning
Application Deadline: October 15, 2008
Full information at: www.dmlcompetition.net
The Stanford Humanities Center has announced a Digital Humanities Fellowship for 2009-2010:
The Stanford Humanities Center seeks to award one Digital Humanities Fellowship for the academic year 2009-2010 to a junior or senior scholar.
The Digital Humanities Fellowship reflects the Stanford Humanities Center’s commitment to supporting new directions in humanities research. The fellowship is intended for humanities scholars whose research methods are critically shaped by information technology. Projects should be oriented to producing new research outcomes rather than focusing primarily on the creation of archives or software. Appropriate projects will approach significant questions in humanistic study with the aid of new research tools or methodologies.
Deadline is October 15, 2008. Full details at http://shc.stanford.edu/fellowships/digital_hum.htm