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March 04, 2005

OneCleveland: From Digital Campus to Connected City

This week, Educause Quarterly published a feature-length treatment of the OneCleveland Initiative and the role of Case Western Reserve University. Priya Junnar and I penned the story. Educause is an international nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology. Here's an excerpt with a link to the feature article.

A new urban landscape characterizes cities around the globe, eclipsing the smokestacks of the 19th century and skyscrapers of the 20th century, yet the topography of the 21st century digital cityscape is almost invisible. Once the realm of dreams and science fiction, multi-textured layers of digital infrastructure and technology-enabled services have converged into tangible realities that are transforming the way in which people define community, work, education, and social experiences. Present mostly in academic settings, this new digital landscape—created with fiber-optic technology and broadband wireless—opens up rich possibilities for collaboration and mutually beneficial projects between the 21st-century campus and the digital city.

In sharp contrast to the limits of interaction imposed by geography, architecture, and physical distances characteristic of cities and universities in the past, the digital infrastructure of the new millennium can redefine the city’s ecosystem as one intimately connected to—and interdependent with—with the university’s. This paradigm shift morphs the traditional dichotomy between town and gown into a collaboration that can promote regional development, economic growth, and public welfare.

Such a shift is unfolding in Cleveland, Ohio, where Case Western Reserve University (Case) is a founding member of OneCleveland, a nonprofit entity created to provide gigabit connectivity to Cleveland’s nonprofit institutions and pave the way for a growing metropolitan provision of widespread and free regional Wi-Fi access.

To read the article, click here.

Posted by lsg8 at March 4, 2005 01:12 PM and tagged Bytes 

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