2018 Internet2 Global Summit

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International Council on Interdependence for Higher Education: A Modest Proposal

Time 05/08/18 05:45AM-07:00AM

Room Grand 5-9

Session Abstract

CORRECTION: Elliott Shore's title is misidentified in the video recording above. Elliott Shore is Special Advisor to Association of Research Libraries and CLIR Presidential Fellow. We apologize for the error.

Our academic knowledge environment today is disorganized and exorbitantly expensive, segmented by an array of local, redundant investments. The reasons for this are complex, and include inherited normative methods of research and scholarly expression that continue to be rewarded, inhibiting innovation and risk taking. Uniquely, there exists today an opportunity to construct a new, robust, interoperable environment: never before have so many well-conceived, large scale digital projects begun to flourish, with each of these projects representing a fundamental element of academic knowledge organization. Together they represent the cycle of knowledge. To architect these projects as an aggregated system would offer an unprecedented advancement to the commonwealth of academic knowledge, while mitigating many of the constraints--debilitating costs, franchise walls, resource isolation, and idiosyncratic maintenance-- we struggle with today.” [Charles Henry]
This session could be an interactive discussion in the Executive track that will gauge the willingness and interest – and the challenges – to engage in this budding enterprise. Internet2 itself was created for this very purpose: we propose it is time to move to the next level of collaboration. Much like the Flexner Report a century ago which reimagined medical education on a continental scale, we propose that it is time to reconceive the relationship of the academy with one of its fundamental underpinnings: its digital infrastructure. We believe we are beyond ready to take the next step and would like to learn from you whether we are ready to take on this grand, global challenge.


Speaker Elliott Shore Association of Research Libraries

Speaker Charles Henry Council on Library and Information Resources

Speaker Steve Masters Jisc

Primary track Solutions for Research and Education – Global and National

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