CURVE: Collaborative University Research & Visualization Environment by Bryan Sinclair, Georgia State University
CURVE: Collaborative University Research & Visualization Environment is a new technology-rich discovery space supporting the research and digital scholarship of Georgia State University students, faculty, and staff. Located at the heart of the Georgia State campus within the University Library, CURVE’s mission is to enhance research and visualizations by providing technology and services that promote interdisciplinary engagement, collaborative investigation, and innovative inquiry. The centerpiece technology, the interactWall, is a touch enabled, 24-foot-wide video wall designed for collaborative visual and data-rich research projects. Seven additional collaborative workstations, including an advanced 4K workstation, feature high-powered PCs and Mac Pros that allow users to work with and manipulate large images and datasets. Each workstation is equipped with a large display that can accommodate up to six people, allowing multiple groups to work together on a research problem.
Yesterday Read/Write/Web ran a story about collaboration services in email, focusing on a new service that makes sharing documents through an email system more reliable. The idea behind YouSendIt is that many people try to send big documents through an email system that was not created to handle files of that size. This service gives you a way to store the document “in the cloud” and use the YouSendIt features to make the document available to download to your collaborators – without having to actually send the document in the email. They have a close relationship with Exchange and Outlook, for libraries who use that sort of email system. Libraries who use Gmail can use the new Google Docs functionality that lets you store (and share) any type of document on Google’s servers (again, “in the cloud”) to get many of the features that YouSendIt offers. Either way, using cloud services to share big documents with other librarians is becoming easier – and is always more reliable than trying to figure out if the document you are sending is small enough to work with your teammates’ email services!
Social Media Metrics
By David Stuart, ONLINE Magazine
Excerpt: “Social media has been adopted by every type of library in recent years, from small special libraries to large national ones. Many now host blogs and wikis, are members of numerous social network sites, and even participate in virtual worlds. These sites and technologies offer new ways for library staff and users to communicate and collaborate. However, with so many different technologies and sites available—and with more emerging all the time—it is important that librarians develop methods for measuring the use and effectiveness of the technologies so that time is not wasted and the implementations are justifiable to upper management.”
Library Journal Newswire Special—How do you build staff consensus across campuses? Joan Starr
Library Journal, 12/3/2009
Excerpt: “Everyone values give-and-take. But how do you translate that into genuine collaboration, and avoid merely paying lip-service to participation? In the world of busy and increasingly decentralized library environments, more and more of us are depending on technology to mediate the collaborative process. This was the issue the California Digital Library (CDL) faced as we set out to remake our organizational values statement. In the end, we found a technology framework to suit our needs, but more importantly discovered that careful encouragement, a dedicated project “evangelist,” and a singular focus on virtually connecting our dispersed staff were crucial to the creation of a worthwhile staff-generated document.”