University of Cincinnati: An E-Science Institute Success Story

Wed, 2013-11-06 14:08 -- carol

Winchester, MA  The E-Science Institute (ESI), designed to help academic and research libraries develop a strategic agenda for e-research support, is set to offer the course from December 2013 through April 2014. Registration is available here: http://duraspace.org/e-science-institute.

The University of Cincinatti (UC) team found the course to be particularly helpful in jump-starting strategic planning and implementation at their institution. The Institute consists of a series of interactive modules that take small teams of individuals from an institution through a dynamic learning process to strengthen and advance their strategy for supporting computational scientific research. Team UC got to work when they returned from the two-day capstone event held in Washington, DC in December of 2012.

The University of Cincinnati team recorded their eScience Institute impressions and outcomes here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8CTXsSLd24&feature=c4-overview&list=UULOFcrbLUUYisxTzOaTiFuA

Xuemao Wang, Dean and University Librarian at the University of Cincinnati feels that ESI offered a real opportunity for libraries and central IT organizations to partner together to take a critical look at digital scholarship and the research agenda.

By demonstrating the power of partnerships across the library, IT and faculty Vice President for Information Technology and CIO Nelson Vincent agrees that ESI helped UC move forward towards next century planning.

By participating in ESI Ted Baldwin, Head of the Science and Engineering Library at UC reports that the ESI collaborative learning process offered opportunities to collaborate to build and sustain systems, learning spaces and transform the workforce. As a result a next generation digital repository based on Fedora's open source Hydra framework is in development. In time he believes that the digital repository will become a strong option for meeting the data intensive needs for researchers across the institution.

Stephen Marine, Associate Dean for Special Collections and Digital Initiatives, has never been this excited about where the university is headed after 25 years at UC. "We are more educated about building the momentum for science on campus," he says. "Our self-study determined that there was a real passion for eScience already. Our ESI course work set the stage for aggressive strategic planning. With reallocation and leveraging we are off and running--thank you ESI!"

The E-Science Institute is limited to 25 institutions. Visit http://duraspace.org/e-science-institute for more details and to register.