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Hadoop: ECAR-WG Technology Spotlight
March 30, 2015

Apache Hadoop is an open-source software project for reliable, scalable, distributed computing . Hadoop enables big-data storage and processing by dividing the work across computer clu…

Adapting the Established SIS to Meet Higher Education's Increasingly Dynamic Needs
September 17, 2014

This Spotlight focuses on data from the 2013 Core Data Service to better understand how higher education institutions approach student information systems (SISs) . Information provided for…

How to Excel at Research Computing in Times of Diminishing Resources, Growing Demand, and Expanding Possibilities
April 30, 2014

For three days in January 2014, more than a hundred thought leaders met in Tempe, Arizona, to discuss the present and future challenges and opportunities for IT’s support of research . Recom…

Through a Glass, Brightly: IT’s Impact on Higher Education by 2020
August 28, 2012

The ECAR 2012 Symposium, was held June 18–20, 2012, in Boulder, Colorado. This event gave IT and higher education leaders the chance to imagine that the year is 2020 and to speculate about th…

Information Technologies for eScience: A Preliminary Report from the University of Washington
March 24, 2009

This ECAR research bulletin discusses the key findings of the first two phases of the University of Washington eScience conversations, including important trends related to the need for data mana…

Website Redevelopment: A Big Job with a Big Payoff
November 11, 2008

This ECAR research bulletin focuses on what it takes to reposition, reengineer, rebuild, and redevelop an existing university-wide website and structure it for ongoing manageability. It covers we…

Using Social Software to Enhance IT Operations
July 3, 2007

This research bulletin offers representative examples of social software in action within IT organizations at three institutions -- Duke University; the University of California, San Diego; and t…

Mobility and Higher Education: Not Just the Next Big Thing
October 23, 2006

This research bulletin describes the University of Cincinnati strategy for addressing a fundamental shift in communication technologies in higher education, and for meeting—or exceeding—commu…

Improving IT Governance in Higher Education
August 29, 2006

This research bulletin examines the ways many research universities govern their IT activities, explores some inherent problems in these processes, identifies several good practices, and suggests…

Web Space 9: A Journey Through Time
July 18, 2006

This bulletin discusses the processes being applied to refine the focus of the University of Toronto's institution-wide Web space to better serve the community in a more coordinated manner. …

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