Bee Photos 2012

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Bee Photos 2012, a set on Flickr.

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E-portfolio and wordpress

In preparation for my visit to our Secondary English Student Teaching Seminar course, these links might provide some background from courses of similar structure:

WordPress allows for much flexibility and variation. Depending upon how you envision creating and categorizing content, your e-portfolios may look very different. I am speaking not only about the specific content elements, such as videos, observations, found resources, experiences, but also the theme that you choose to align the aesthetics with your content.

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Emergence of E-Research – Cliff Lynch

The Emergence of E-Research–Lecture by Cliff Lynch Emergence of data and computationally intensive research practices are changing the shape of the scholarly communication.

Nebraska Union, City Campus on Monday Feb 15 at 2pm.

Cliff outlined three areas of discussion:

  • Define e-research and how cyber-infrastructure fits in
  • How do changes in scholarly research impact scholarly changes
  • Memory organizations and how scholarly repositories may be impacted

He also described radical change in how science is researched specifically related to information technology

  • Geology and simulations
  • Microarrays of dna data
  • Astonomy such as hubel telescope

These enable advancement of research. In approximately year 2000 some individuals found that e-science was too limiting. So the term came about called e-socialscience. Help understand language development, practice of history, and early world development. Until then the effort was being sourced primarily in European countries. The US became involved upon the creation of the cyber-infrastructure center and other efforts based around the NSF. High performanance computer, networks, networking and sharing of experimental and operational apparatus specifically attached to the high performance network. Help define complexity of interaction between hugh data sets and sources. An example might be combine, recombine, and reuse data to gain insight into new solutions. Meta analysis of various unconnected research efforts.

Software portfolio and virtual communities able to communicate in an agile way. Spin up a community of experts regarding data collection, research, and outcome. Enables collaboration in synchronous and asynchronous ways.

Journal articles are highly important though only one perspective. Journals draw upon many other tools for comprehensive research. An example is central repositories of data. Journals are beginning to require supplementary material such as video, other data sets.

Lynch described a very simple example of how data can be reused, ie. graphed data to reanalyze in a different way. Imagery that could be looked at in different context. Another repository is the the individual researcher. Some journals have begun to require data management plans. Increasing need to define amount of image editing has been done, how and where data are being stored. Literature can than be idealized as a corpus of information.

Collections of software have been built upon open source OS with many complexities. It is highly important to document hardware and software design and setup. We need to become much more conscience of the setup and documentation of the research process.

Scholarly data needs to be looked at in a very organic way.  It is very important to think about data for the next 10 years and even more important to look at data preservation for the very short term. Reuse of data is highly important for funding and scholarly work. Very little work has been done on what can be lost. The economic scale of data representation is changing radically. For example a personal dna geome on any given person for ~$1000 may be available in a few years.

Institutional repositories versus a discipline specific repository? Seems that disciplinary repositories scales better, though difficult due to the enormous variance of disciplines.

How is instruction changing relative to the changes in scholarship?

  • Example is allowing access to very complex simulations to k-12 aged schools-re-purposing data
  • Citizen scholarship-eg. backyard amateur autonomy for day to day observation
  • Amateur humanities regarding genealogy
  • Undergraduate engagement in research
  • Simulation of environments that are impractical or non-economics
  • Virtual communities amoung students

Separation of peer review process and journal publishing process.

  • Many disciplines it seems are becoming unraveled, high demands of people time.
  • Subject repositories may become the laboratory for information.

Sharing and re-purposing data

  • Anecdotal discovery not necessarily established methodology
  • How much context needs to be maintained.
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2010.01.13 NuTech Meeting-UNL CIO’s Year 1 Planning

It seems the title of this month’s UNL NuTech meeting was a bit misleading though I found the meeting to be very interesting and full of information to share. The room was much fuller than I had seen it in a long time. Though I didn’t take a formal count there must have been over 75+ people in attendance. The meeting kicked off with Mark Askren, CIO describing Information Services’ direction over the next few months. His message has remained the same, which for me is a tell tale sign that IS is not wavering in our mission to offer infrastructure and scaled solutions to help achieve the mission of the university through teaching, research, and service.

I’m sure by no means a complete list but highest priority within the short term (3-6 mo):

  • IDM
  • Security
    • vulnerability testing
    • purchased security software
    • organized group is for support
  • Shared Storage
  • Desktop support
    • LanDesk and/or others

John Gilliam was also gave a quick update regarding new ideas surrounding video and presences awareness, unified communications (not just e-mail, im, and voice). He explained systems that need to integrate with each other, adhoc desktop video conference scheduling and more.

David Defruitter and his staff from CBA ITS described the services they are currently offering of which seemed to focus on desktop support though they also are experienced in web2.0 app development, backup solutions, virtualization etc. The CBA ITS web site has a comprehensive list of offerings.

A new acronym (which slips my mind and my scribbled notes) formally known as CIT was unveiled by Bob Losee. He briefly explained the changes that are occurring in their department moving more toward and academic offering than service offerings. Contact him directly for more information. He described their strengths in CMS offerings, especially business management and decision making regarding content provision. They also offer many of the services that other shops offer as well on campus.

Univerisity Communications, Bob Crisler described their presence in design and adherance to web standards. This affords the best scale and support model.

My descriptions of the above are very truncated and highly edited, the main thing I took away from the meeting was that there are many IT and Web experts in the UNL community. Mark described a need to pull together and collaborate whenever and where ever possible. He also described a future of data centers, power consumption, and the necessity of economies of scale. It will be imperative for our institution to begin to monitor power consumption and look at utilizing data centers in the cloud.

The last thing that stuck in my mind is that Mark has mentioned in various discussions that it seems that in higher ed, we always think of 20 ways we are different or special. He mentioned that we need to begin to think about how we have similarities and maximize economies of scale in those areas. Build upon community source projects and leverage our personal networks to achieve our goals.

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Easy media publishing

I’ve come across a variety of tools that I’ve been testing in my personal life as well as seeing how it may apply to academia. The first such tool is posterous. In a nutshell this is a quick blogging platform that allows for simple, yet elegant media publishing.

I co-teach a course for a group of honors students, and one of the exercises we have them do is to output a short powerpoint presentation to enable them to share the content on their iPods. I found this tool to be a tremendous asset for me to display their final output in a quick, relatively uniform way, also adding capability for them to critique each others content. I just gave them the post e-mail address, they composed an e-mail with their photos attached. I received a request to post through my e-mail as well as the posterous administrative interface, and after I approved the post, all the work was done for me.

On the personal side, I coached Ryan’s first grade soccer team this year. I used this as a tool, along with sms and e-mail to push updates as to when soccer practice was canceled, changes in schedules, etc. I didn’t formally ask the parents what they thought of my process, though for me it was major time saver.¬† None the less, we only lost 1 game the entire year. Go Magic!

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2009-11-13 ITS Staff Meeting

I found that our ITS staff meeting was very productive. Pam lead a discussion of IS Values that we could agree and take forth as a common platform through our organizational changes. Mark also attended and pointed out our necessity to change, as has been referenced by consultants and other peer institutions. Unfortunately I did not capture our board comments. I look forward to minutes posted. Final thoughts, while we have our smaller (ITS meetings) I feel that it be highly important that these values be commonplace that pervade the organizational culture.

On another note, Gary Caster sent out a synopsis of our ‘effective meetings’ effort that has occurred over the last 6 months or so, though I was a bit confused as to how to read the charts. In a sense I think generally they state that IS as a whole is in consensus that meetings are important, though agendas need to be established and the topics need to be addressed specifically without a lot of straying. One final thought is that while most IS employees felt that the right people were at the table, action items were lacking at the conclusion of the meeting. I personally would like to thank Gary for his efforts and I for one found the process and data valuable.


Effective Meeting Survey

UPDATE: Pam subsequently sent out a note mentioning that the directors are going to work with HR and map job descriptions with roles. Members of the organization will then be asked for feedback as an overlay on how accurate the descriptions are to the actual job duties being performed.

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Welcome Mr. Askren

This afternoon we had the opportunity to meet Mr. Mark Askren, our new CIO at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. It was a complete surprise to us, though we seized the opportunity and gave him quick snapshot tour of the facility, things we do, and the people behind our area.

I am very anxious to interact with Mr.Askren, the leadership team, and the institution to help align and focus Information Services and the Institution. I applaud our Institution’s leadership by initiating a technology survey through electronic surveys, technology consultants, and reports to help gauge a starting point for the CIO. The UNL Information Technology Review should serve its purpose well.

Welcome Mr. Askren!

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ITG Staff – 2009-Feb17

We will be hosting a regional BlackBoard Conference Thursday and Friday mostly geared toward system administration and what will be coming in Bb 9.0. Thursday night will be a socialization get together to kick the conference off at Lazlos.

Bruce will be attending the classroom advisory board to brief them regarding classroom technology needs.

IS staff meeting and project updates will be tomorrow morning.

Leona will be coming on full time to help with BlackBoard support through the end of the fiscal year. A grad student has also been requested to help with support.

Instructional Technology Advisory Committee discussing the BlackBoard contract negotions for the upcoming years. Bruce is also insterested in creating a user survey for instructional technology services. Utilize campus services for creating the survey. Bruce will encourage the committee to think about how to reach all the constituents including students and staff.

Andrew reported that he attended a Journalism and EE&O meeting that they have interest in using Breeze to decrease travel costs and administrative expenses.

Walt attended a Postgres database administration in North Carolina. He gained valuable information from the session.

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ITS Council – 2009-Feb04

Evaluation information will be distributed starting February 16. There will be a supervisor evaluation to be distributed at a separate time. The response will be anonymously distributed to the next level supervisor for use in the person’s current evaluation. Final deadline for all to be completed is May 4.

Asset list has been distributed, a review of items on the list will be established shortly. Electronic feedback will be requested. Instructions to be included.

Multiple responses to Pam’s request regrading Budget scenarios were received. Many good ideas were gleaned and very helpful.

Pam passed around a document describing 2008 top articles from Educause as well as Business week. If there is more interest, she requested that you contact the office for additional information.

  • Greg described server maintenance engagement regarding food allergy program.
  • Claudette mentioned¬† potential of savings regarding FedEx versus UPS.
  • Tom Hansen requested Interior Design students as a project to determine a redesign of the computer shop. He will be moving forward to take action and develop a potential budget.
  • Todd has interest in recording the IS staff meeting as a proof of concept using Camtasia Relay.
  • Bruce reported that Kevin Borgeson has accepted a position with BlackBoard Inc. Clickers will be used at the IS meeting to gather feedback.
  • Norm reported that Jason L. in the labs will be deploying sub-notebooks for check-out. Students have requested that laptops be checked out in Harper residence hall. Jeff is working on a large spreadsheet to break down per room expenses, maintenance, etc. Instructional Facilities Design is beginning a large installation of cameras and additional equipment in the Barkley center. Primary use is mostly capture, but some live observation will take place. Another project mentioned was an overhaul of Facilities conference areas.
  • Patrick reported that the Sophos installer for mac is currently being worked on to resolve some issues.
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ITG Staff – 2009-Feb20

The Vision

Integrate complex technologies in simple ways to improve the learning environment for our customers.

The Values

To foster a work environment that will promote and support a meaningful and successful experience of our vision, we adhere to the following values:

Practice Authentic Leadership
Authentic leadership is consistently listening, speaking and acting from a place of honest self awareness. The more this is practiced, the deeper the awareness becomes and the more authentic our actions. This encourages us to act with integrity, which the dictionary defines as “An unreduced or unbroken completeness or totality”, and “Moral soundness”. Authentic leadership calls us to consider our actions within the context of our vision and the mission of the University of Nebraska, and the best interests of our customers.

Be Innovative
Being innovative allows us to come up with creative solutions to challenges we are presented with. It fosters the creative process and reinforces a “can do” attitude.

Have Courage
It takes courage for anyone to step out of their familiar comfort zone to try something new, or to challenge the status quo with a better alternative. This quality of spirit is encouraged in our work environment and encourages risk taking.

If we share what we do with one another, with our customers and with anyone else who may be interested, then we quickly break down the illusion of separation and foster a “we’re all in this together” attitude and quickly realize that helping one another is helping ourselves as well.

We recognize that living these values will bring about a culture in our workplace that will foster:

  • Being responsible and taking on responsibility
  • A safe environment for taking risks to try new things
  • A “can do” attitude
  • Finding joy in what we do
  • Giving customer service a priority in all we do
  • Recognizing the value of everything we do within the context
    of our vision

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