Archive for December, 2005

Computation AND collaboration

Friday, December 23rd, 2005

Truly understanding the benefits of the Grid requires an understanding of the problems the Grid helps solve. The “inteliGrid”, or “smart Grid” some call it, is a European Union project designed to

… deliver on the long promised but never realised potential of networks, which people and companies can plug into, use its resources, and find and share information based on its meaning.

In other words, this view of the Grid is more than an infrastructure designed to avail computational resources. It’s just as much about the collaboration opportunity. See the InteliGrid website for more information.

Broadband legislation revisited

Wednesday, December 21st, 2005

In an article on ZDNet recently, the myriad of opinions on the direction of legislation for updating the Telecommunications Act of 1996 have been exposed. Before Congress can agree on the updates for the Act, they have to overcome the philosophical hurdle of how much government regulation to include, which is no easy task when legislators think partisan thoughts instead of logical thoughts. And the overwhelming evolution of the Internet since the passage of the Act in February of 1996 creates a whole new set of problems for Congress to grapple with. Lots of stuff on the table with this one. For those interested in the text of the Act as it currently stands, the official citation is Telecommunications Act of 1996, Pub. LA. No. 104-104, 110 Stat. 56 (1996). Also, see the previous post on Dec. 4th below.

A meeting of the minds?

Monday, December 19th, 2005

Software research collaboration between universities and private business may soon become easier, depending on the results of the new intellectual property model recently announced by 11 academic and commercial partners. The New York Times also has a piece about this new partnership, which includes HP, IBM, Stanford and Georgia Tech among others.

More dissension in Internet mgmt ranks

Monday, December 5th, 2005

Underscoring recent unrest with the status of ICANN, resulting from Western dominance of character encoding among other things, is an interesting article from the folks at The Register about a letter written by the CEO of the Multi-lingual Internet Names Consortium (MINC) to ICANN that calls for greater efforts in making the Internet more multi-lingual and less US dominant. Follow the link to download a copy of the letter.

Telecom reform bill

Sunday, December 4th, 2005

Once again, another article has come out about the Internet, ownership, regulation, and pay for use. In this article by InfoWorld, some of the scenarios of the telecom reform bill are covered, including the possibility of ISPs slowing down access to certain sites and content. More info can be found here at ITworld and this article at National Journal’s Insider Update. This is garnering a lot of attention (as it should) as more and more diverse interests begin to weigh in. And the outcome will be important - to education, commerce, and everything in between.

Science and libraries

Sunday, December 4th, 2005

As disciplines such as biology, ecology, chemistry, etc. become more ensconced with computational science, information needs and sharing increase. One such need is the demand for information professionals, especially academic librarians, who provide invaluable services for students and researchers. The University of Tennessee is one institution addressing this need, becoming a recent recipient of a grant to educate and train next generation science information professionals and strengthen the information infrastructure on which research is founded.

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