Friday, March 30, 2007

A Question of Vision

I was trying to catch up on my reading this morning, and I came to a post on Derek's Blog about a new National Science Foundation publication entitled Cyberinfrastructure Vision for 21st Century Discovery, which is available for download here. It is a 64-page document, and I have just started reading it, but I was immediately struck by a statement from Dr. Arden L. Bement, Jr., Director of National Science Foundation. He said:
At the heart of the cyberinfrastructure vision is the development of a cultural community that supports peer-to-peer collaboration and new modes of education based upon broad and open access to leadership computing; data and information resources; online instruments and observatories; and visualization and collaboration services. Cyberinfrastructure enables distributed knowledge communities that collaborate and communicate across disciplines, distances and cultures. These research and education communities extend beyond traditional brick-and-mortar facilities, becoming virtual organizations that transcend geographic and institutional boundaries. This vision is new, exciting and bold.
It is, indeed.

2 comments:

joanna said...

For the past six years, I have worked in a Biology-based learning community, and this document looks like something that my colleagues will find very useful. Thanks for posting it.

Anonymous said...

hi, i didn't exactely know where to leave a comment :P i hope this is right.
anyway, thank you for your comment, that sounds very interesting, my mum and i are going to travel around the world and go to all the places we would like to see, one day (we have a list :P.) and that place is definatly going on the list :)
yours sencerily bree!