EGI CF2014: ITaaU community building and engagement - 22 May, 2014, Helsinki

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Presentation for EGI Community Forum 2014 in Helsinki. Audio added to each slide as I had to leave the conference early due to other commitments. …

Presentation for EGI Community Forum 2014 in Helsinki. Audio added to each slide as I had to leave the conference early due to other commitments.

And do join our Community Conference next month in Southampton on the 19-20th June -

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  • 1. Community building and engagement The ITaaU method for fostering collaborative multidisciplinary utilisation of IT in the digital and post-digital economy Steve Brewer: IT as a Utility Network+ Research Coordinator University of Southampton Helsinki University, Helsinki 22 May 2014
  • 2. Outline • Overview of the Digital Economy research theme • IT as a Utility Network+ • Identifying the community • Pathways to engagement • Impact to date • Lessons learned
  • 3. DE vision: transformational impact of digital technologies on all aspects of life • “The Digital Economy: Promise and Peril in the Age of Networked Intelligence” by Don Tapscott in 1995 • The Internet has changed how we do business • The Research Councils UK created major funding stream - £138 million since 2008 • Aim: to have a wide impact on society, jobs, businesses, industries and research
  • 4. IT as a Utility funded under Research Council UK's Digital Economy theme The Digital Economy vision is of the transformational impact of digital technologies on all aspects of life.
  • 5. Introduction: partners & collaborators • PI and Co-Is: – Jeremy Frey, PI (University of Southampton) – Gerard Parr (University of Ulster) – Mark Sandler (QMUL) – Richard Mortier (University Nottingham) – Mike Surridge (University of Southampton) • Advisory group: – ustwo – IBM – BT – Thales – Microsoft – BBC Reseaerch – Cabinet Office – DSTL – Zenotech – Cambridge & Newcastle Universities Steve Brewer – Network Coordinator (University of Southampton)
  • 6. Identifying the communities The Cloud food security traditional utilities cloud computing sensors & actuators telecommunications data-driven science electronic lab notebooks “Network+ smart spaces/ smart cities” libraries of the future “tangible Interfaces” “apps are the new taps…” 3D printing
  • 7. • Apps for Healthcare – 7 May • User Experience/User Interface Design Workshop – 8 May • Delivering Food Security: from the Cloud to the App – 13 May • Data as a Utility, Analytics as a Service – 9 June • ITaaU Community Conference, Southampton – 19-20 June • Cloud computing - Newcastle – 11-12, November • Platforms for Media Production - Bournemouth - autumn • DE2014 – London – December 3-5 • Cloud workshop @ UCC2014 – London, December 8-11
  • 8. Call 1 Trusted Tiny Things (Aberdeen) – interactive bus stops Uplands Rescue Resilience (Cambridge and QMUL) – integration of communication systems in the mountains Call 2 Sun and Sky (Southampton) BluPoint (Southampton) small extension given The Typology Of Loss In Vaccine Supply (UCL) Communities in the clouds (Nottingham) CloudMaker (Liverpool John Moores) – big launch
  • 9. Secondments Goal: to facilitate knowledge exchange between researchers in universities, business organisations and policy making bodies such as government agencies • Workshops held at the Food Standards agency in London • Yao (Frank) Gao – QMUK Weightless SIG – Workshop at QMUL on M2M wireless standard • Ravensbourne + BT  project • Ashiq Anjum – SB – site visit to Bristol – (project proposal anticipated) • Dr Deveril – report produced – further project planning underway
  • 10. Impact to date • Around 20 workshops (average 20 attendees) • 7 pilot projects underway or completed • 4 secondments • Thriving community of 170 researchers across all domains and industry plus governement agencies etc. • Community conference in Southampton, UK in June, 2014 – places still available: –
  • 11. Lessons learned • Fostering inter-disciplinary collaboration matters • Achieving this takes time • Incentives needed – funds for pilot projects… – Workshops improve quality of project applications • Communication: go out and give talks, social media, flyers, brochures and papers… • Listen, discuss, and share ideas & opportunities
  • 12. Join the ITaaU Network+ • Web: • Mailing list: • Hashtag #itaaun • Twitter: SteveITaaU • Facebook page: • Email: • LinkedIn group: IT-as-Utility-Network