CNI Fall 2014 Membership Meeting
Dec. 8-9, 2014
Monday — 1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.
A Conversation on the Changing Landscape of Information Systems
For the last decade the higher education and research world has invested heavily in community source development efforts to develop alternatives to large-scale commercial software, and, in some cases, to create new kinds of software in advance of the emergence of a commercial marketplace. Recently, we have seen substantial changes in the framework for one major, well-established community source development program to introduce a for-profit component; the launch of several new projects that are primarily focused on the development of community platforms based in the cloud; and a growing number of institutions investigating strategies that move existing in-house applications to software as a service offerings. This is an enormously complex, dynamic, and difficult to understand environment both for developing new institutional strategies and for launching new community collaborations for innovation.
This opening plenary session will be a conversation in which three long-time leaders, both in the world of community source and also in the broader enterprise of organizing and advancing inter-organizational collaborations to advance technology in support of higher education, explore these developments and where they may be taking us in the near and longer terms. We will focus on the landscape broadly, using individual systems and projects mainly as illustrations, and try to understand issues like the diversity, stability and resilience of the emerging landscape, the changing loci of innovation and expertise, the shifting role of standards, and the implications of shifts in the rate of innovation and deployment of innovation.
Tuesday — 2:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
2014 in Review and 2015 in Prospect