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Educause and Caudit study tour 2007

  1. 1. Educause and Caudit Study Tour so what do you learn in two weeks in the States?
  2. 2. Educause and Caudit Study Tour <ul><li>Educause </li></ul><ul><ul><li>largest IT in Edu conference in the world </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Caudit Study Tour </li></ul><ul><ul><li>opportunity to visit major US vendors on home turf </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Educause <ul><li>In Seattle </li></ul><ul><li>three days many parallel streams </li></ul><ul><li>impossible to summarise </li></ul>
  4. 4. Educause - main themes <ul><li>What to do about collaboration and web 2.0 </li></ul><ul><li>Email outsourcing </li></ul><ul><li>Identity management </li></ul>
  5. 5. Collaboration <ul><li>Many US universities struggling with impact of collaboration (at best group learning - at worst sharing work) </li></ul><ul><li>Real problem to some universities </li></ul><ul><li>Widespread ignorance of wikis, blogs and </li></ul><ul><li>collaboration tools </li></ul>
  6. 6. Collaboration <ul><li>Some interest in LMS’s and group learning </li></ul><ul><li>No real understanding/nothing outstanding </li></ul>
  7. 7. Email outsourcing <ul><li>Two contenders </li></ul><ul><ul><li>windows live @edu </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>google apps </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Both promise much the same, email, shared document editing, blogging, some collaboration tools </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Windows live@edu <ul><li>more than just email </li></ul><ul><li>full details of offering at http://get.live.com/edu </li></ul><ul><li>email, simple word processing, online filestore, sharing, blogging </li></ul>
  9. 9. Windows live@edu <ul><li>Currently not platform independent or Web2.0 </li></ul><ul><li>Users need to download applets and run them </li></ul><ul><li>Next version will be properly web based </li></ul><ul><li>and … </li></ul>
  10. 10. Windows live@edu <ul><li>Email integration with exchange coming in 2008 to allow students on windows live to share calendars with staff of ‘real’ exchange </li></ul><ul><li>https://www.exchangelabs.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>googling for exchange labs is a good idea </li></ul>
  11. 11. Google Apps for Education <ul><li>Email </li></ul><ul><li>Presentation tools </li></ul><ul><li>Blogging </li></ul><ul><li>Shared document and spreadsheet editing </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.google.com/a/edu/ </li></ul>
  12. 12. Windows live vs Google Apps <ul><li>Not a lot of difference in functionality </li></ul><ul><li>Both offer advertising free email with university logo’s </li></ul><ul><li>Alumni get to keep account but get advertising </li></ul><ul><li>Vendors want to snare customer base </li></ul><ul><li>Example: http://www.it.northwestern.edu/stucollab/ </li></ul>
  13. 13. Identity Mangement <ul><li>Everyone’s fining it hard </li></ul><ul><li>Everyone has the same issues we do </li></ul><ul><li>Nice example from Temple on forcing password changes : http://www.temple.edu/tusecure/index.htm </li></ul>
  14. 14. Other Cool stuff
  15. 15. Zotero <ul><li>reference manager plug in for firefox 2.0 </li></ul><ul><li>replaces furl, end note, digg and the rest of them </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.zotero.org </li></ul>
  16. 16. Utilikilts <ul><li>Seattle was not totally normal </li></ul><ul><li>www.utilikilts.com </li></ul>
  17. 17. Caudit Study Tour <ul><li>Fairly intense experience </li></ul><ul><li>Lot of material under NDA </li></ul><ul><li>Going to concentrate on highlights </li></ul>
  18. 18. Sun <ul><li>Honeycomb </li></ul><ul><li>Blackbox </li></ul><ul><li>Sunspot </li></ul>
  19. 19. Honeycomb (Storagetek 5800) <ul><li>Sun’s digital preservation platform </li></ul><ul><li>Purpose designed for an object store and index engine & database </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.sun.com/emrkt/educonnection/newsletter/1107eduinsight.html?cid=e3661 </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.sun.com/storagetek/disk_systems/enterprise/5800/index.xml </li></ul>
  20. 20. Blackbox <ul><li>data centre in a shipping container </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.sun.com/emrkt/blackbox/index.jsp </li></ul><ul><li>Coming to Canberra http://au.sun.com/events/blackbox/index.jsp?cid=922602 </li></ul>
  21. 21. Sunspot <ul><li>minimalist java computers for teaching programming </li></ul><ul><li>aim is for a logo style experience </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.sunspotworld.com/ </li></ul>
  22. 22. Microsoft <ul><li>Microsoft briefing centre </li></ul><ul><li>also have the collaboration religion </li></ul>
  23. 23. Microsoft <ul><li>Collaboration services need identity services </li></ul><ul><li>policy based rbac model incompatible with silo basd identity/application provision </li></ul><ul><li>windows live id </li></ul><ul><li>www.identityblog.com </li></ul>
  24. 24. Microsoft <ul><li>Virtualisation seen as the way forward </li></ul><ul><li>increasing resources put into their virtualisation product </li></ul><ul><li>aim is to beat VmWare </li></ul>
  25. 25. Apple <ul><li>fairly bland - a lot of “we’ve got shiny things” and not a lot of content </li></ul>
  26. 26. Apple <ul><li>Internal IT </li></ul><ul><ul><li>low number of people per box </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>extreme standardisation with some choice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>café style pick list </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>interoperability reduces support load </li></ul></ul>
  27. 27. ItunesU <ul><li>major effort to play in lecture content space </li></ul><ul><li>itunesU </li></ul><ul><li>podcast prducer </li></ul>
  28. 28. VmWare <ul><li>Engineer led company </li></ul><ul><li>new things </li></ul><ul><ul><li>site recovery manager to automate workflow </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>improved storage granularity to move vmfs’s between storage pools </li></ul></ul>
  29. 29. VmWare <ul><li>storage </li></ul><ul><li>granularity increases resilience </li></ul><ul><li>vmfs allows stores to be moved on the fly </li></ul><ul><ul><li>virtual data centre </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>real time capacity management </li></ul></ul>
  30. 30. VmWare <ul><li>increasing interest in client virtualisation </li></ul><ul><li>pc’s not strategic - desktop environment is </li></ul><ul><li>eg pano - http://www.panologic.com/ </li></ul>
  31. 31. Google <ul><li>drinking from the firehose </li></ul><ul><li>high content presentation </li></ul>
  32. 32. Google <ul><li>Cloud computing model </li></ul><ul><li>use of google apps internally </li></ul><ul><li>also interested in id management </li></ul><ul><li>google uses shibboleth for some authentication processes and helped shib work with SAML2 and Liberty </li></ul>
  33. 33. Stanford University <ul><li>has had a formative input into a lot of these companies </li></ul><ul><li>many are stanford spin offs </li></ul>
  34. 34. Stanford <ul><li>Stanford still has a key role in developing new technologies including learning technologies </li></ul>
  35. 35. Stanford <ul><li>not everything is hi tech </li></ul><ul><li>technology enables - not an end in itself </li></ul><ul><li>flexible spaces to allow experimentation </li></ul><ul><li>laptops without power are dead weights </li></ul>
  36. 36. Palo alto <ul><li>again full of hi tech spin offs from stanford </li></ul><ul><li>also still a kind of nice university town - st andrews without sleet or oxford without rain </li></ul>
  37. 37. Lockss/Clockss <ul><li>ANU is going to be signing up to clocks, took the opportunity to meet up with the people involved </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.lockss.org/lockss/Home </li></ul>
  38. 38. Odd cool and other stuff
  39. 39. Parc <ul><li>VMWare’s HQ is opposite the original Xerox Parc </li></ul><ul><ul><li>didn’t get to go in tho’ :-( </li></ul></ul>
  40. 40. Alexander Steak House <ul><li>America is the land of meat </li></ul><ul><ul><li>came back feeling I would moo if poked </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Apple took us to this upmarket steak house with a display of dead cow parts in the foyer </li></ul></ul>
  41. 41. Conclusions <ul><li>Collaboration, web 2.0 and the rest increasingly important </li></ul><ul><li>id management is key to a lot of this </li></ul><ul><li>less and less about hardware, more and more abstracted away from hardware and OS </li></ul>
  42. 42. where can I get a copy <ul><li>copies of the presentation are available from: </li></ul><ul><li>http://au.geocities.com/moncur_d/educause_caudit.ppt </li></ul>
  43. 43. disclaimer <ul><li>none of these pictures are mine -they are either sourced from flickr or from company websites. They remain © the original owners </li></ul>

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