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UC and SUNY announce global consortium to make UCosmic available worldwide

UC and SUNY announce global consortium to make UCosmic available worldwide

The University of Cincinnati (UC) and The State University of New York (SUNY) officially reached agreement to form a global institutional consortium to bring an open source version of UCosmic® to institutions worldwide. The College Board and three universities have endorsed and joined the effort prior to the launch announcement.

UCosmic (University of Cincinnati Online System for Managing International Collaboration), originally developed at the University of Cincinnati, provides a means to comprehensively map global activities taking place across the university enterprise. Co-developers Mitch Leventhal (former Vice Provost for UC International) and Dan Ludwig (UC Applications Analyst) will continue to lead UCosmic development. Under the terms of the agreement, SUNY will take over management of the UCosmic Consortium, with Leventhal – now Vice Chancellor for Global Affairs at SUNY – serving also as Executive Director. Dan Ludwig, who led technical development of the prototype, will serve as Chief Technical Officer on a full-time basis, and will remain employed by the University of Cincinnati.

The Consortium will convert the system’s code to an open-source model, so that institutions anywhere can adopt the technology at minimal cost. Joining the Consortium provides member institutions a platform to develop data standards needed for strategic planning, as well as a network for developers to share code and accelerate development of compliant modules. The Consortium will test new code created by the UCosmic development community and maintain open-source libraries.

“UCosmic represents a paradigm shift in how data is collected and shared as information,” says co-founder Mitch Leventhal, “it allows for visualization of relationships which can enhance research collaborations, teaching, learning, and university advancement. Furthermore, we have demonstrated that such systems can be developed without investments running into the hundreds of thousands of dollars through the collaborative effort of leading institutions around the world.”  

Lehigh University (USA), Griffith University (Australia) and Manipal Education (India, Nepal, Malaysia, Dubai and Antigua) have already joined the consortium, making its membership global from day one. Details on fees, benefits and development timelines can be found at http://www.ucosmic.org.  UCosmic was featured in the “Innovators in Internationalization” column of The Chronicle of Higher Education on September 7, 2009 (http://chronicle.com/article/U-of-Cincinnati-Tracks-Its/48303/).