miércoles, octubre 29, 2008

eBook: The Tower and The Cloud

Estando en EDUCAUSE me percato de que acaban de publicar un nuevo eBook sobre la disponibilidad de la información gracias a las redes de información con acceso de banda ancha a precios que cada vez resultan ser más accesibles. Entre los ensayos me llamaron la atención: "A Matter of Mission: Information Technology and the Future of Higher Education", "University 2.0", y "Accountability, Demands for Information, and the Role of the Campus IT Organization". A continuación una corta reseña.
"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. Comsumerization 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."
Pueden acceder al libro en PDF aquí.

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