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Tower and the Cloud

The emergence of the networked information economy is unleashing two powerful forces. On one hand, easy access to high-speed networks is empowering individuals. People can now discover and consume information resources and services globally from their homes. Further, new social computing approaches are inviting people to share in the creation and edification of information on the Internet. Empowerment of the individual—or consumerization—is reducing the individual's reliance on traditional brick-and-mortar institutions in favor of new and emerging virtual ones. Second, ubiquitous access to high-speed networks along with network standards, open standards and content, and techniques for virtualizing hardware, software, and services is making it possible to leverage scale economies in unprecedented ways. What appears to be emerging is industrial-scale computing—a standardized infrastructure for delivering computing power, network bandwidth, data storage and protection, and services. Consumerization and industrialization beg the question "Is this the end of the middle?"; that is, what will be the role of "enterprise" IT in the future? Indeed, the bigger question is what will become of all of our intermediating institutions? This volume examines the impact of IT on higher education and on the IT organization in higher education.

Richard N. Katz, Editor
©2008 EDUCAUSE ISBN 978-0-9672853-9-9
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Table of Contents

Foreword
by Diana G. Oblinger
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Preface
by Richard N. Katz
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About the Authors
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Higher Education and Information Technology

The Gathering Cloud: Is This the End of the Middle?
by Richard N. Katz
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A Matter of Mission: Information Technology and the Future of Higher Education
by Clifford A. Lynch
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The University in the Networked Economy and Society: Challenges and Opportunities
by Yochai Benkler
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The Globalization of Higher Education

Growing in Esteem: Positioning the University of Melbourne in the Global Knowledge Economy
by Glyn Davis, Linda O’Brien, and Pat McLean
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Higher Education and the Future of U.S. Competitiveness
by David Attis
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Accountability

The Social Compact of Higher Education and Its Public
by Larry Faulkner
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Accountability, Demands for Information, and the Role of the Campus IT Organization
by Brian L. Hawkins
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IT Governance

E-Research Is a Fad: Scholarship 2.0, Cyberinfrastructure, and IT Governance
by Brad Wheeler
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Beyond the False Dichotomy of Centralized and Decentralized IT Deployment
by Jim Davis
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From Users to Choosers: The Cloud and the Changing Shape of Enterprise Authority
by Ronald Yanosky
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Open Information, Open Content, Open Source

Cultural and Organizational Drivers of Open Educational Content
by Malcolm Read
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Challenges and Opportunities of Open Source in Higher Education
by Ira H. Fuchs
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Who Puts the Education into Open Educational Content?
by Andy Lane
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Scholarship in a Cloudy World

The Tower, the Cloud, and Posterity
by Richard N. Katz and Paul B. Gandel
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From the Library to the Laboratory: A New Future for the Science Librarian
by Mary Marlino and Tamara Sumner
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Social Networking in Higher Education
by Bryan Alexander
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Scholarship: The Wave of the Future in the Digital Age
by Paul N. Courant
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Where Is the New Learning?
by Kristina Woolsey
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Teaching and Learning Unleashed with Web 2.0 and Open Educational Resources
by Christine Geith
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University 2.0
by John Unsworth
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The Tower, the Cloud, and the IT Leader and Workforce
by Philip Goldstein
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Afterword
by Andy Cooley
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