Category Archives: IT

Whither the CIO?

Whither the CIO? Bo Wandschneider, CIO at Queen’s University (and full disclosure the Deputy CIO at Guelph when I was CIO), recently posted about the nature and future of the CIO in higher education: “The demise of the Canadian University CIO…?” … Continue reading

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Organizational Culture

Over the years I’ve participated in a number of external organizational reviews (for academic libraries, public libraries, and IT divisions). While all organizations are truly different, even unique, there are two characteristics that almost always emerged as key issues during … Continue reading

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Integrated Digital Scholarship Ecosystem (IDSE)

The scholarly communications environment in Canada is complex, diverse, and evolving quickly as digital scholarship becomes more prominent in almost every field. The stakeholders are equally diverse including researchers, publishers, scholarly societies, academic libraries, information technology organizations, high performance networking … Continue reading

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Open Access: Publishing *and* Reading

I now only publish in open access journals and what I publish myself (or with teams) is either CC BY or CC BY-NC-SA. Admittedly, this is a mere (and largely unnoticed) drop in the scholarship bucket. It’s something, but I … Continue reading

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Women in CIO Positions in Canadian Higher Education

Last summer, as part of the Master of Education program I’m taking from OISE at the University of Toronto, I wrote a paper about the state of women in Chief Information Officer (CIO) positions in Canadian higher education. I looked … Continue reading

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The Value of Human Capital in the Social Network

Facebook just acquired Instagram for a whopping $1 billion. Why? And what does this mean? My two cents. Almost everyone agrees that FB didn’t do this for Instagram’s technology; its just not that innovative. Most people think that the key … Continue reading

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Funding CANARIE

The recent federal budget announced continued funding for CANARIE, the national research and innovation network. This was both good and not so good news. The reduced allocation was no surprise in a restraint budget but the two year mandate was. … Continue reading

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ORION THINK Conference 2012

ORION is the Ontario Research and Innovation Optical Network. The focus is on innovation. The Think Conference is ORION’s new annual meeting format and I am encouraging you to attend. [Full disclosure: I’m on the ORION Board of Directors] Here’s … Continue reading

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Online Learning

The recently leaked MTCU 3×3 report was clearly one of those transparent attempts to test the waters on some key ideas. Governments do this all this time. Many of the supposed recommendations got a cool reception, especially three year degrees … Continue reading

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SOPA Strike

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