Attached is a proposal from Art Vandenberg of Georgia State University
requesting SURA matching funds to support a multi-institutional
collaboration for research into, and delivery of a prototype, directory
service based on a 'community of interest' model. He requests SURA funding
of between $276K - $ 351K, depending on whether his group is the recipient
of a grant of equipment from Sun Microsystems (applied for).
Some of you may recall Art's presentation at the IT Committee meeting last
January, which generated substantial discussion. Art previously submitted,
and subsequently withdrew, a proposal for SURA matching funds to support a
grant request to NSF to develop a directory service model. At that time,
we asked Art to solicit broader SURA institutional participation and to
coordinate his effort with other similar efforts in the region and
nationally, especially with the work of Internet 2 and the work of Michael
Art withdrew the earlier request because he was unable to respond
effectively to SURA's conditions in time to meet the NSF proposal
deadline. However, with this request he has broadened the participation of
SURA members, the result of a call for participation, and has the direct
involvement of Michael Gettes from Georgetown University, who is a
principal in the Internet 2 work in this area.
As you can see, the request is for a fairly substantial amount of
money. While we certainly have sufficient funds in the IT Initiative Fund
budget to cover the request, we also anticipate having to expend funds to
support the Regional Infrastructure Initiative in the not-too-distant
future (although we have no idea yet what those requests may look like.
I believe Art has done due diligence in responding to the earlier concerns
we voiced about the previous proposal. Therefore I ask that the IT
Committee and the Steering Group to give his proposal appropriate
consideration for those efforts.
Art is not under any particular deadline for a response to this. Because
we have the luxury of some time in which to consider his request, I would
like to engage the full IT Committee in a dialogue about this request,
which will serve as input to the Steering Group for their consideration in
making a decision.
With this email, then, I am offering this proposal for comment by the
members of the IT Committee for the duration of this week. Please send any
comments you may have to the list. Next week, the Steering Group will take
up this issue for a decision.
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>Date: Mon, 07 May 2001 14:52:15 -0400
>From: "Art Vandenberg" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Cc: <email@example.com>, <firstname.lastname@example.org>, <email@example.com>,
> <firstname.lastname@example.org>, <email@example.com>
>Subject: Re: SURA directory services proposal
> Attached are four documents for the consideration of the SURA IT
> Committee. There has been quite a bit of development, review, and
> communication on this proposal over the last several months, and I trust
> the effort to accommodate open and inclusive review is appreciated. We
> look forward to SURA's review and feedback.
><DirSURA.doc> is a proposal for "Directory Services for Communities of
>Interest." This proposal represents research investigation into directory
>infrastructure that is consistent with the development of national
>infrastructure by the Internet2 and higher education research community,
>and is cognizant of the ViDeNet project research being done by other SURA
>members. Faculty from Georgia State (Prof. Vaishnavi) and Georgia
>Institute of Technology (Prof. Navathe) are prepared to participate in the
>work. Michael Gettes, chief architect of the directory-of-directories
>work at I2MI, and I have collaborated with Navathe and Vaishnavi to
>develop what we believe is a sound approach to directory services.
><SURAbud?.xls> is an initial first year budget. It reflects the fact that
>we are submitting a SUN Academic Equipment Grant for 3 directory servers,
>and that GSU is prepared to commit funds for graduate and PhD students' work.
><ViDeCoIBigPic.doc> is a note from Jill Gemmill, ViDe Chair,
>acknowledging that this proposal and the ViDeNet proposal to SURA are
>"symbiotic, but do not overlap."
><ToViDe.doc> is a memorandum from me to Jill Gemmill in which I agree that
>there is synergy between this proposal and ViDeNet and that we are
>committed to communication and exchange of information.
>I appreciate the opportunity to submit this proposal, look forward to
>SURA's review, and believe that this proposal has excellent merits as to
>its research objectives * supporting a directory services infrastructure
>to benefit the research and higher education community.
>Director, Advanced Campus Services
>Information Systems & Technology
>Georgia State University
Gordon D. Wishon
Associate Vice President and Associate Vice Provost
for Information Technology
Georgia Institute of Technology
258 4th Street
Atlanta, GA 30332-0700
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