A: Because You Don’t ROWE Q: Why Can’t Tennessee Innovate? [Update]

Why Nashville Companies Are Targeting Tweens For High-Tech Jobs BY ALISSA WALKER | 07-09-2012

See here for news on ROWE in Nashville. Nicholas Holland demonstrates populr.me with his ROWE notes.

My older ROWE related posts here.

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Mar 13, 2012

What good do personal clouds and corporate data hives, aquihires and crowdsourcing do to meet your needs (as HR continues to stumble around trying to hire long-term individuals for short-term projects, meanwhile preparing for the year-end mass layoffs which inexorably ensue) if your managers cannot get past their love affair of physical MBWA when your employees are enculturated to do their best work in virtual innovation clusters and collaboratories (see article comments) which take place in a SecondLife CoLab or some such? What good does it do to build a city-wide innovation grid  infrastructure or a country-wide innovation cyber space if you still expect your employees to waste an hour of their day driving to and from a cube which holds a desktop computer when they have a speedier, more robust laptop at home? 1) Learn about Results Only Work Environments. 2) Invest in them. 3) Use them.


<ed.note>I’ve been tweeting and stuffing content into my “delicious knowledge management repository” [Update: Diigo] at a ferocious rate. Yet there’s some outstanding stuff I want to note. A City Sponsored BOINC Distributed Computing Effort – what if every municipality took advantage of its citizens as voluntary compute cylce resources this way (instead of that “give us more tax money approach”). BOINC, Facebook, GridRepublic and Intel wed social networking to distribtued computing promotion. HIMSS crowdsources.</ed.note>

1) A City Sponsored BOINC Distributed Computing Effort

Zivis is the first “city-wide supercomputer”. The project is run by the Zaragoza City Council, and the Institute for Biocomputation and Physics of Complex System (BIFI) at the University of Zaragoza. The objective is to harness local (and non-local) computing resources for local research; and at the same time to involve the community in the science being done locally. The initial research being done on Zivis is on the subject of fusion plasma (“Integration of Stochastic Differential Equations in Plasmas”) — improved understanding of this could lead to better designs for fusion power stations. (Fusion power is a form of nuclear energy that produces a lower volume of less dangerous waste than traditional nuclear fission power.)

Start Date: October 2005
Users: 2,359
Project URL: http://zivis.bifi.unizar.es

2) Intel introduces distributed computing to Facebook

Intel has set up a Facebook page designed to induce casual users to sign up for a distributed computing project that runs on the BOINC client system. Now Facebook users can crunch away on any of three DC projects… – Ars Technica

3) HIMSS crowdsources with Clinical Decision Support Wiki

Hello! The HIMSS Clinical Decision Support (CDS) Task Force helps guide and execute HIMSS efforts to ensure that CDS delivers on its promise to improve care delivery and outcomes.

What’s a Wiki? A wiki is an easy-to-use Web site that makes it easy to collaborate. You can use it to run a project at work, plan a trip, teach a class, etc.

Why a Wiki? The wiki provides a forum where stakeholders can come together to help develop, use, and discuss Task Force deliverables. The links below provide access to pages where this conversation and work is unfolding. Please browse this home page and links, and join us on this important performance improvement journey.

Leila Chirayath Janah, founder of Samasource

A scholarship from big tobacco company led Leila to volunteer as a teacher in Ghana. Seeing her students ambition combined with the rise in global literacy and access to technology, Leila presents the concept of microwork as a way to overcome poverty and participate in the global tech economy.

Leila Chirayath Janah is the founder of Samasource, a social business that connects women, youth, and refugees living in poverty to microwork — small, computer-based tasks that build skills and generate life-changing income.

Announcing the Taj Expansion of the Global Ring Network for Advanced Applications Development

GLORIAD is built on a fiber-optic ring of networks around the northern hemisphere of the earth, providing scientists, educators and students with advanced networking tools that improve communications and data exchange, enabling active, daily collaboration on common problems. With GLORIAD, the scientific community can move unprecedented volumes of valuable data effortlessly, stream video and communicate through quality audio- and video-conferencing.

GLORIAD exists today due to the shared commitment of the US, Russia, China, Korea, Canada, the Netherlands and the five Nordic countries of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, to promote increased engagement and cooperation between their countries, beginning with their scientists, educators and young people. The benefits of this advanced network are shared with Science & Education (S&E) communities throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas.

gloriad map 2009

GLORIAD provides more than a network; it provides a stable, persistent, non-threatening means of facilitating dialog and increased cooperation between nations that often have been at odds through the past century. This new era of cooperation will provide benefits not only to the S&E communities but to every citizen in the partner countries through:

  • Improved weather forecasting and atmospheric modeling through live sharing of monitoring data
  • New discoveries into the basic nature and structure of the universe through advanced network connections between high energy physicists and astronomers – and the expensive facilities GLORIAD makes it possible to share
  • Support of the global community building the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), creating a technology which will someday provide a practically limitless supply of energy
  • Advancing joint geological sciences related to seismic monitoring and earthquake prediction
  • Enabling new joint telemedical applications and practices
  • Strengthening current programs in nuclear weapons disposal, nuclear materials protection, accounting and control and active discussions on combating terrorist threats.
  • Increasing classroom-to-classroom cooperation to accessible scientists and students in other countries through the 24/7 EduCultural Channel, the “Virtual Science Museum of China,” the Russia-developed “Simple Words ” global essay contest, and a special partnership with International Junior Achievement.
  • These are a small sample of the literally thousands of active collaborations served by both the general and advanced network services provided by GLORIAD. To learn more about the applications using GLORIAD, browse the following pages. This site describes the currently operating GLORIAD network and plans to expand this to a much higher capacity and more capable infrastructure in the years ahead.

    Diabetes Is No Fun, but It Can Be a Game

    <ed.note>UPDATE: OK, I admit it took a little longer than I thought it would and I had assumed it would be the cable guys rather than the gamebox folks–it was actually a consumer|innovator who did the work (yea, open innovation). Thanks to Brian Dolan from mobihealthnews.com for the pointer to the article. OLD COMMENTS: I reiterate, if you don’t get Ken’s IQ Reports, you’re missing out ( big time, man ).

    Ken thinks about the data coming down the pipe; I concentrate on the data which can be uploaded. I anticipate a medical banking grid connecting High Deductible Health Plans, Healthcare Savings Accounts, real-time adjudication, integrated charity care eligibility, and Smartphone-based Electronic Medical Records and mobile payments with provider point of service pricing; eHealth interactive home healthcare servers extended with wireless sensors and other devices facilitating remote disease management; medical data expressed via cell phones, web tablets, IPTV set top boxes, ATMs, kiosks, and web portals, etc. Additionally, there will be GRIDS aplenty for research and HOPEFULLY more Work Over IP ( if management ever learns the technology needed to trust the distributed workforce ).</ed.note>

    By Arlene Weintraub, businessweek.com

    Bayer hopes that partnering with Nintendo will make it the leader in glucose testing.

    Association 2.0

    <ed.note>O.k., we all know that the real subhead is “And How Planners Can SURVIVE it” but it is interesting to see that the author omits the only real advantage conventions which don’t take place virtually still hold over their non-geo-locked equivalents.</ed.note>


    How Social Media Is Revolutionizing Community Building – And How Planners Can Manage It


    By Mickey Murphy, Association Conventions & Facilities, themeetingmagazines.com

    During a major conference that her firm was assisting, Julie S. McKown, communications strategist, Fusion Productions, was sitting backstage during a general session of the meeting. On the projection screen, rolling along in real-time, were tweets from attendees in the audience who were listening to the speaker’s remarks.

    National LambdaRail and Internet2 Communities Applaud FCC’s 1-Gigabit Per Second Broadband Goal for Community Anchor Institutions

    Expansion of Existing Research and Education Networks Are Key to Accelerating FCC National Broadband Plan Vision

    Cypress, CA and Ann Arbor, MI, March 16, 2010 –  The Internet2 and National LambdaRail (NLR) communities strongly commend the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for emphasizing the importance of providing advanced broadband to community anchor institutions in its National Broadband Plan. The FCC plan outlines the goal of providing these institutions with one Gigabit per second (Gbps) connections as well as support for the development of a “Unified Community Anchor Network” (UCAN) that could be built leveraging existing non-profit research and education networks like Internet2 and NLR and their partner regional networks. UCAN would be dedicated to providing high-capacity nationwide connections for universities, schools, libraries, community colleges, healthcare providers, public safety entities, public media and other “community anchor institutions” across the country.

    The FCC plan recognizes that these institutions have broadband needs that are substantially different than the needs of residential consumers and require far different capabilities in order to fulfill their missions and spur economic growth and opportunity. As the FCC recognizes in its plan, the nation does not have to start from scratch to connect the over 200,000 community anchor institutions across the country.

    The FCC National Broadband Plan states, “In the past, the connectivity needs of research institutions have been met by non-profit research and education (R&E) networks such as Internet2 and National LambdaRail. R&E networks played a central role in the development and growth of the Internet itself through ARPANET and later NSFNET. Today, similar R&E networks provide high-speed (10 Mbps-1 Gbps) connectivity to 66,000 community anchor institutions. But more can be done—it is estimated that only one-third of anchor institutions have access to an R&E network today. This model should be expanded to other community institutions . . . .  Expanding the R&E network model to other anchor institutions would offer tremendous benefits.”

    Almost fifteen years ago, universities banded together to create a structure of university-led non-profit R&E networks at the national, regional and state levels. National R&E backbones operated by Internet2 and NLR together with over 30 regional R&E networks connect an estimated 66,000 community anchor institutions across the country with very high performance, open networks engineered to meet the vast bandwidth needs of these organizations.

    As the FCC plan suggests, building on the extensive investment the research and education community has already made in national network infrastructure and leveraging the human expertise and collaborations they have already developed would greatly accelerate the delivery of UCAN to all of the nation’s community anchor institutions. The R&E community detailed such a recommendation in a filing to the FCC in January 2010.

    Glenn Ricart, NLR president and CEO, said, “At NLR we’ve seen based on our own experience how state, regional and national networks can collaborate to create a seamless, national broadband platform that has helped produce a quantum leap in research and education productivity.  We applaud the FCC for recognizing that equipping our community anchor institutions with 1-Gigabit or higher connectivity to each other and to state and national resources will similarly enable our schools, libraries, healthcare providers and other community-based organizations to be more productive and to deliver an enhanced array of services.  NLR enthusiastically supports the FCC’s bold vision for a National Broadband Plan and stands ready to work with all parties to consider how the existing network assets and expertise of the research and education community can contribute to making UCAN a reality.”

    Doug Van Houweling, Internet2 president and CEO, said, “For over twenty years, students, faculty and researchers in our community have been using emerging broadband technologies to work together in virtual classrooms and collaborate in global laboratories. The FCC’s National Broadband Plan will help enable the same life-changing technologies at community anchor institutions nationwide. We look forward to working with the FCC to ensure that this visionary plan benefits fully from the existing network investments, leading-edge applications development, and technical expertise residing in the research and education community.”

    Peter Siegel, CIO and vice provost of Information & Educational Technology for the University of California Davis, said, “When we consider the wealth of data coming online from across the community—electronic medical records, vast sky survey and physics data, genome sequencing, as well as data on the natural forces that surround us—we are at a real tipping point, where researchers, policy makers, students, critical service providers, and health care workers will be able to generate and depend on timely, effective, and in many cases life saving, information that will be available instantly. The FCC’s clear vision and goals are the catalyst for moving us forward, by ensuring that the community anchor institutions are able to join together in a sustainable way to create, use, and build on these unprecedented and priceless sources of information.”

    Robert Musgrove, president of Pine Technical College, said, “Our rural community & technical colleges are the anchor institutions that are critical in any effort to expand Internet2-level broadband into under-served rural communities. The FCC’s National Broadband Plan recognizes that reality and represents a major strategic step forward in bringing rural America onboard to realize the benefits of high speed Internet connectivity. A unified community anchor network is a solid and achievable tactic for this important strategy.”

    Carol Willis, manager of the Texas Education Telecommunications Network (TETN) which is dedicated to serving the K20 community in Texas, said, “The research and education community has for close to a decade promoted the use of advanced networks among the K20 community by providing state education networks access to nationwide research and education networks – creating, in essence, a ‘National Education Grid.’ A unified community anchor network that builds on this success represents an opportunity to not only reach many more community anchor institutions in the US but also expand the diverse collaborative community of K20 innovators and expertise developed by our national initiative and others.”

    National Emergency Number Association CEO Brian Fontes said, “The transition to Next Generation 9-1-1 and emergency communications systems depends on access to specialized high-capacity broadband networks like those operated by the research and education community today. The development and availability of a community anchor network for public safety is an important step toward making a nationwide Next Generation 9-1-1 system a reality.”

    Carla Smith, executive vice president of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) said, “Providing reliable high speed broadband that builds on the success of the research and education community is critical to improving the quality, safety of – and access to – healthcare and is necessary to ensure the successful deployment of health information technology across the US.”

    Dr. Timothy Lance, president and chair of NYSERNet, the regional research and education network serving the State of New York, said, “The FCC has embedded in policy the role that community anchor institutions and the networks that served them have played in advancing the state of the art of networking, from the first public use of the Internet protocol with NSFNET and creation of the original regional networks a quarter century ago, to building the first ISPs by the regionals shortly thereafter, to deployment of modern optical networks and network technologies today. This plan helps sustain the extraordinary symbiosis here between this research and education networking community and their mission driven ability to experiment with the network’s future, and the carrier and technology community with which we have worked.”

    Christa Werle, electronic services coordinator for Sno-Isle Libraries in Washington state, said, “Increasingly, our patrons are coming to the library in search of media-rich interactive online content and experiences often not available in their homes. Simultaneously, in addition to traditional print resources, libraries are offering more downloadable and streaming content requiring robust broadband connectivity to access. Moving forward, the creation of UCAN will help libraries provide the online experiences that our students, job searchers, small-business owners, and families need and want.”

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    About Internet2

    Internet2 is an advanced networking consortium led by the research and education community. An exceptional partnership spanning U.S. and international institutions who are leaders in the worlds of research, academia, industry and government, Internet2 is developing breakthrough cyberinfrastructure technologies that support the most exacting applications of today—and spark the most essential innovations of tomorrow. Led by its members and focused on their current and future networking needs since 1996, Internet2 blends its human, IP and optical networks to develop and deploy revolutionary Internet technologies. Activating the same partnerships that produced today’s Internet, our community is forging the Internet of the future. For more information, see http://www.internet2.edu.

    About National LambdaRail (NLR)

    Owned and operated by the U.S. research and education community and dedicated to serving the needs of researchers and educators, NLR is the innovation platform for some of the world’s most demanding research projects and a wide range of public-private partnerships.  NLR’s coast-to-coast, high-performance network infrastructure offers unrestricted usage and bandwidth, a choice of cutting-edge network services and applications, and customized support for individual researchers and projects.  For more information, please visit www.nlr.net.

    Media Contacts

    Kristina Scott, NLR, 650.678.9034, kscott@nlr.net

    Lauren Rotman, Internet2, 202.331.5345, lauren@internet2.edu

    Contact NLR

    We welcome your questions and feedback.

    Contact us at editor@nlr.net.

    National LambdaRail (NLR)

    P.O. Box 1610, Cypress, CA 90630

    My Pro results-only work environments rant at broadband.ideascale.com


    Cali Ressler and Jody Thompson and their team at GoROWE.com have made it their mission to promote “results-only work environments”. They have a Linkedin GoROWE Group http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=2715125 and a blog at their web page. I think it is asinine that as we build out global broadband, cloud computing and distributed computing like World Community Grid, Grid Republic and BOINC, that management refuses to adopt/provide tools which would allow folks (many with disabilities — 70% unemployed) to work from anywhere the work can be done. Sure, there are security and IP issues, but there are rural economic development and green issues, not to mention digital accessibility issues that CANNOT be solved until the mental culture/worldview of C-Suites and their subordinates promote the available technologies. So share holders, proxy holders, institutional investors–let’s start asking about these issues during the next quarterly conference call.

    Call for Papers, 9th Annual Fiber to the Home (FTTH) Council Conference, September 12-16, 2010, Las Vegas, NV

    The Fiber to the Home (FTTH) Council has issued a Call for Papers for its 9th annual conference to be held from September 12 – 16, 2010 in Las Vegas, NV.  The 2010 FTTH Conference & Expo is the only gathering of its kind dedicated to the advancement and deployment of FTTH technologies and benefits. This year’s theme, FTTH: All Fiber, All the Way!, will bring leaders, visionaries and decision makers to the Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino to share success stories and lessons learned about the business elements needed to generate revenue with FTTH.

    With considerable investments in fiber to the home deployment, the pressure is on for operators to add subscribers and to generate revenue from the subscribers they serve. The stakes are high and so are the expectations. The 2010 program will offer attendees an overview of best business practices for advancing of high speed broadband over fiber optic networks.

    The FTTH Council is seeking papers in the following target areas:
    Conference Tracks

    1.    Why Fiber all the Way – explain the advantages of the all fiber network – for greater revenue services, lower cost of ownership, and economic development. Experience-based service provider submissions will be given first consideration.

    2.    Success Stories: Share your experiences as a provider of FTTH services to help others build successful FTTH based businesses. Explain the benefits realized from linking your customers and community to FTTH, to better quality of life and prosperity.  Experience-based service provider submissions will be given first consideration.

    3.    New Technology: Educate prospective and practicing network builders on new technologies that enable profitable FTTH services. Target topics include new FTTH standards such as 10 Gigabit PONs, MDU technologies, in-home connectivity, video and IP video, green benefits, and comparisons of FTTH to other broadband technologies. Special consideration will be given to system-level papers that help decision-makers improve the business case for FTTH.

    4.    Advanced Network Design, Construction and Management: Explain innovations in efficient network design, construction, installation and testing. Describe new options for efficient management of the network and subscribers. Target topics include network design cost modeling, construction techniques and equipment, testing and tools for managing subscribers.

    5.    Finance and Regulatory:  Elucidate the new funding and financing options available, and teach how to access capital.   Explain how to navigate though the application process to reach government loans and grants. Provide insights on the National Broadband Plan.

    6.   Fiber 101:  Provide a firm foundation in the fundamentals of FTTH – in the areas of greatest concern to FTTH deployers – content acquisition, technology, installation techniques, network design, or any topic you feel is relevant to FTTH neophytes.

    7.  Latin America (Portuguese and/or Spanish only):  Latin America (Portuguese and/or Spanish only) – provide insights to Latin American providers on the opportunities, challenges, and lessons learned in deploying FTTH to help our Southern neighbors launch FTTH successfully to millions of homes in the region.

    Abstract Guidelines

    Abstracts should be a maximum of 500 words, without pictures, and must be commercial free. The abstract should describe the primary conclusion or results of the paper including pertinent details of the work indicating the significant findings. Learner outcomes must be included. Papers must contain significant new material not presented or published previously.  Papers may range from introductory to advanced, but bear in mind that your audience may be just getting started in this field. As such, “FTTH 101” papers will also be considered within each category.*

    Returning by popular demand for our 2010 Program…we will be offering a track sessions in Spanish or Portuguese supported by the FTTH Council Latin American Chapter.  As a perspective speaker, you may wish to indicate that you wish to repeat your presentation in Spanish or Portuguese during the online submission process.

    For complete information on deadlines and submission guidelines go through the newsletter signup/update process ( click here ) and select “Add Me To: 2010 Call for Papers Submission Announcement.”

    FTTH 101 Papers do not need to meet the new or unpublished requirement.

    About the Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) Council

    The Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) Council is a non-profit association consisting of companies and organizations that deliver video, Internet and/or voice services over high-bandwidth, next-generation, direct fiber optic connections – as well as those involved in planning and building FTTH networks.  The Council works to create a cohesive group to share knowledge and build industry consensus on key issues surrounding fiber to the home. Communities and organizations interested in exploring FTTH options may find information on the FTTH Council web site at www.ftthcouncil.org.

    About Legend Conference Planning

    Legend Conference Planning is the official project management and event planning firm for the 2010 FTTH Conference & Expo and the FTTH Council Secretariat. For further information, email at info@legendconferences.com.

    Speaker Liaison
    Legend Conference Planning
    Tel: 613-226-9988 x4
    Email: speakerliaison@legendconferences.com

    UPDATE: National Broadband Plan Presentation, TUESDAY, MARCH 16, 2010, 10:30 AM (EDT)

    Download the plan here.

    The Federal Communications Commission will hold an Open Meeting on the subjects listed below on Tuesday, March 16, 2010, which is scheduled to commence at 10:30 a.m. in Room TW-C305, at 445 12th Street, S.W., Washington, D.C.

    With respect to the items on the open meeting agenda, the Commission, on its own motion, is waiving the prohibition on ex parte presentations that normally applies during the Sunshine period. 47 C.F.R. §§ 1.1200(a), 1.1203. Parties that make ex parte presentations that would otherwise be subject to disclosure requirements must continue to disclose them during the Sunshine period. Id. § 1.1206(b).

    The meeting will include a presentation of the National Broadband Plan.


    TITLE: A National Broadband Plan for Our Future (GN Docket No. 09-51)

    SUMMARY: The Commission will consider a Broadband Mission Statement containing goals for U.S. broadband policy. The meeting site is fully accessible to people using wheelchairs or other mobility aids. Sign language interpreters, open captioning, and assistive listening devices will be provided on site. Other reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities are available upon request. In your request, include a description of the accommodation you will need and a way we can contact you if we need more information. Last minute requests will be accepted, but may be impossible to fill. Send an e-mail to: fcc504@fcc.gov or call the Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at 202-418-0530 (voice), 202-418-0432 (tty).

    Additional information concerning this meeting may be obtained from Audrey Spivack or David Fiske, Office of Media Relations, (202) 418-0500; TTY 1-888-835-5322. Audio/Video coverage of the meeting will be broadcast live with open captioning over the Internet from the FCC Live web page at www.fcc.gov/live.

    For a fee this meeting can be viewed live over George Mason University’s Capitol Connection. The Capitol Connection also will carry the meeting live via the Internet. To purchase these services call (703) 993-3100 or go to www.capitolconnection.gmu.edu. Copies of materials adopted at this meeting can be purchased from the FCC’s duplicating contractor, Best Copy and Printing, Inc. (202) 488-5300; Fax (202) 488-5563; TTY (202) 488-5562. These copies are available in paper format and alternative media, including large print/type; digital disk; and audio and video tape. Best Copy and Printing, Inc. may be reached by e-mail at FCC@BCPIWEB.com.