Great Plains Network Annual Meeting 2013 March 07, 2013

Kansas City MO, May 29 – 31 2013

Submissions due Friday, April 19, 2013

Contact: Greg Monaco (

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Conference Theme: Big Data: From Bits and Bytes to Knowledge and Insights

GPN Annual Conference Submission Request

Overview: Faculty, librarians, technical staff, graduate and undergraduate students are invited to submit posters, oral presentations, panels, and birds-of-a-feather sessions. This year’s theme is Big Data and we invite presentations on any aspect of cyberinfrastructure including but not limited to networking, high performance computing, data movement, data management, archiving and curation, and research data lifecycle management.

Posters: Posters will be accepted and displayed during the Welcome Reception on May 29, 2013, starting at 6PM. They may remain up through the conference closing on May 31. Poster presenters should be available to answer questions about their posters during the Welcome Reception.

Presentations will be scheduled for May 30 and 31st. Oral presentations may be from 20 minutes to 45 minutes in length.

Graduate Student Networking Summit: Graduate students in networking are encouraged to submit oral presentations for this event.

Graduate Student High Performance Computing Summit: Graduate students in computer science, informatics, and other users of HPC resources are encouraged to submit oral presentations for this event.

Panels of multiple speakers to discuss a topic of interest are encouraged. We would like to invite panel discussions of collaborations among researchers, IT, and library science.

Birds of a Feather Sessions: These are relaxed opportunities to discuss a topic among interested parties. These BoF sessions are typically one hour in length and are facilitated by the submitter. In the past, BoFs have focused on HPC System Management, XSEDE Campus Champions, EPSCoR Collaboration, and more.

This year’s meeting is co-sponsored by the Greater Western Library Alliance, comprised of 33 leading research university libraries in 17 states, with a focus on resource sharing, digitization, and ensuring the preservation and access of scholarly research and data.

The GPN Annual Meeting relies on contributions from national and international speakers, contributing sponsors, and, most especially, the contributions of faculty, staff, and graduate students from member and non-member universities and cyberinfrastructure-related organizations.

This is an invitation to submit a presentation and/or poster NOW and/or to attend the pre-eminent meeting of CI professionals in the Midwest. Please visit Submissions will be accepted up until April 19.

Gregory E. Monaco, Ph.D.
Director for Research & Cyberinfrastructure InitiativesThe Great Plains Network
Phone: 785-554-9657
Teleconference: 877-366-0711 Participant Code: 57348838#

R&E Networking Leaders Gather at Quilt 2013 Winter Meeting February 28, 2013

Program highlights included trends in large-scale research and leading-edge applications for R&E

Seattle, February 27, 2013 – More than 100 leaders from research and education (R&E) networking organizations gathered at The Quilt’s Winter Member Meeting to discuss top technology trends and leading-edge applications for the R&E community. The meeting was held near the campus of University of California San Diego in La Jolla, California February 5-7. The Quilt is the national coalition of advanced regional R&E networks.

Sessions from the meeting focused on key developments in advanced networking to support large-scale, data-driven research. Eli Dart, network engineer of ESnet, presented on big data trends for researchers and provided insights into how regional networks might adapt to the requirements of extreme-data science. A panel of Quilt leaders shared perspectives on their organizations’ efforts to meet the challenges of supporting trends in big data for researchers, including the deployment of 100G infrastructure and software-defined networking.

The program continued with featured presentations on federal legislation of interest to Quilt members related to network architectures, security and telecommunications.

Also on the agenda was an opportunity for Quilt members to share communications strategies and learnings refined as a result of a series of outreach and advocacy workshops hosted by The Quilt in 2012. A team from Quilt member OneNet in Oklahoma presented on their experiences implementing its communication strategies. As Quilt members support R&E in a highly changing and technically complex environment, smaller groups convened at the meeting for focused discussions on such topics as OpenFlow and “above-the-net services” for Quilt member constituent groups.

“As a leader of a research and education networking organization, The Quilt member meeting programs strongly reflect my organization’s priority interests and ensure the opportunity for me to informally network with my national colleagues to exchange experiences and ideas,” said Cort Buffington, executive director, Kansas Research and Education Network or KanREN.

“Regional R&E networks often face common challenges, such as rapid technology change or pressures on traditional business models and thus we can learn a great deal from each other,” said Jen Leasure, president and CEO, The Quilt. “The Quilt’s biannual member meetings are designed to inform our members on topics that are of key interest to the regional networks as well as to provide the forum for our members to leverage one another’s knowledge and expertise to collectively advance networking for research and education.”

Immediately after the Member Meeting, The Quilt jointly hosted a first-of-its-kind Federated Identity and Access Management Workshop with InCommon, the identity management federation for U.S. R&E. The workshop was designed to develop a new distributed framework for federation that would extend InCommon Federation Services to K-12 and other community anchor institutions in collaboration with regional networks.

Please help us in welcoming the new OSHEAN President and CEO, David Marble November 24, 2012


A Letter from the OSHEAN Board of Directors, Chair Susan Cerrone Abely:

I am pleased to announce that, after an extensive search, we have hired David Marble as the new President and CEO of OSHEAN.

David brings almost 30 years of experience in technology companies. He is experienced in operations planning, budget development and management as well as technical planning and project management.

Having worked with OSHEAN in the past as a business partner, David not only understands our mission, and our challenges, he also brings a keen perspective and innovative vision that will move us forward as we continue creating and expanding the cyber-infrastructure that is crucial to our region’s growth.

Most recently, David was the co-founder and director of operations of the Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL).  AAEEBL established affiliations and collaborations with nearly all worldwide ePortfolio initiatives and cultivated membership of over one hundred academic institutions. He is also the founding member of MetaLearning, the strategic consulting group working in the use of technology for advanced learning environments. From 2001- 2007, David was the Chief Operating Officer and VP of Business Development for TAZZ Networks.

A lifelong Rhode Islander, David is committed to growing OSHEAN’s role as a strategic asset for the education and economic future of our region.

Please join me in welcoming David to our team. Over the next several weeks, he will be reaching out to each of you individually and I know he is looking forward to a close working relationship that will maximize operational efficiencies while providing service innovation for all of our members.

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