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Workshops : Symposium on Knowledge Environments for Science and Engineering: Past, Present and Future
(SKESE)

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November 25-26, 2002
National Science Foundation
Arlington, Virginia
 
     
 

It has been over a decade since Bill Wulf defined the concept of a collaboratory as a "…'center without walls,' in which the nation's researchers can perform their research without regard to geographical location [Wulf, 1989]." Since this initial moment of definition the landscape of distance collaboration in scientific endeavors has changed dramatically. A variety of research communities have been seriously exploring new types of comprehensive technology-mediated environments to better support science and education. Communities and movements to create such environments have a number of origins, goals, and names including collaboratory, grid, and e-science environments. Recently the combined technological, human, and institutional underpinnings for such environments are being called cyberinfrastructure. The goal of our November symposium is to bring together international representatives of these movements/communities in hopes of creating better mutual awareness, harmonizing understanding, and instigating coordinated activities to accelerate research, development, and deployment of these new environments to support science. A related objective is to articulate both the technical and social/organizational prerequisites for success in these endeavors.

We are, for example, inviting principals from the grid and distributed terascale activities centered around the NSF PACIs and Argonne National Labs; from the space science collaboratory and science of collaboratory projects centered at the University of Michigan; from the e-science initiatives in the UK and EU, from various discipline-specific grid/collaboratory projects funded by the NSF-ITR and other federal programs, and from the recent NSF Blue Ribbon Panel on Cyberinfrastructure. Although the focus of the Symposium will be on support of scientific research, this nascent movement has profound implications for science education, for education and research in the humanities, and indeed for the future of the entire higher education enterprise.

 
     
     
 
         
    
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