On May 16-17, 2010, the University of Arkansas hosted Cyberinfrastructure Days to promote available cyberinfrastructure capabilities and resources and to engage faculty and students in the use of these resources to advance research and education.
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An institution that aims to do 21st Century research and education needs access to 21st Century tools. Scientific inquiry today requires tools that enable collaboration with colleagues worldwide, tools that enable simulation and modeling so that we can understand our observations of the world, and tools that enable the rapid exchange, manipulation, storage, and analysis of increasingly complex data sets that we can acquire from a rapidly expanding variety of data sources.
The National Science Foundation defines cyberinfrastructure (CI) as the collection of advanced technologies and services to support scientific inquiry. CI includes many different elements! CI includes computing clusters and high performance computing (HPC) systems, data management, data integration and data storage systems, high speed networks, data mining, data visualization, collaboration and security tools, and, of course, all the people who keep these systems operational.
At Cyberinfrastructure Days, faculty and students had the opportunity to understand the benefits that cyberinfrastructure can provide their scholarly pursuits, to see what faculty and students are doing with cyberinfrastructure at the University of Arkansas, and to learn what national resources are available and how to access them.
Read about the national Campus Cyberinfrastructure Coalition here.
CI Days at the University of Arkansas opened with a Poster Session on Sunday, May 16. We had the privilege of hosting Dr. James Bottum as the Keynote Speaker on Monday, May 17. The schedule details the other guest speakers and the day and displays the presentations.
Cyberinfrastructure Days at the University of Arkansas had many sponsors, including the National Science Foundation, partners from the national cyberinfrastructure community and campus community, and industrial partners.