Mobile technologies have become an integral part of our lives. Research indicates that by 2015 80% of people accessing the Internet will be doing so from mobile devices. Mobile applications and services are changing the way we engage with the web, and to a certain extent with each other.
At the same time, cloud technologies deliver better and better IT services. From email and content storage to complex computing and development platforms, users can access clouds via simple browsers, thus eliminating the need for end-user applications and high-power computers.
In UK Higher Education, cloud solutions are an integral part of a JISC programme aimed at helping universities and colleges deliver better efficiency and value for money through the development of shared services. As pointed out by Rachel Bruce, JISC’s Innovation Director for digital infrastructure, cloud solutions are increasingly attractive to HE institutions. They allow universities to reduce environmental and financial costs, share the load of maintaining a physical infrastructure, be flexible and operate on a pay-as-you-go basis, access data and applications from any location, and make scientific experiments easier to reproduce.
Mobile and cloud technologies are here to stay, and open source already plays a key part in the new market emerging from their cross-pollination, as the Future of Open Source survey indicates.
What are the effects of these two giants moving towards each other? What are the technological and economic implications of their intersection?
Open Source Junction 3 is an event specially designed to help you answer such questions by bringing together scientific innovation and business entrepreneurship to showcase early success and facilitate new collaboration in this sector. Over two days delegates from industry and academia will meet at Trinity College in Oxford to hear about highly innovative mobile cloud projects and work together to build industry-academia partnerships in this field.
One of the featured projects at OSJ3 will be ‘Access King’s Global Desktop’, which was implemented to support a new mobile working strategy at King’s College. Alex Hove from Getronix will describe King’s successful migration to a private cloud platform delivered over the JANET network, which provided some 25,000 staff and students with access to core applications from almost any device and any location.
Ajit Jaokar, founder of the publishing and research companyfuturetext, will highlight the technical architecture challenges facing a world of 50 billion connected devices predicted for 2020. He will discuss how the next generation web and new networking technologies such as white space networks may be able to address these challenges, in the context of the European ‘Smart cities’ initiative.
The ASTRA research project develops and tests low cost platforms capable of delivering scientific instruments into the stratosphere. Steve Johnston, Senior Research Fellow at Southampton University, will describe the hardware, data communications and software applications required for stratospheric flights, including the recent success of using Windows Phone 7 dataloggers with GSM communication and the Azure cloud for back-end processing.
The Eduserv Education Cloud provides compute and storage cloud IaaS for UK Higher and Further Education sectors. Eduserv was recently nominated as one of the top 20 tech companies to watch in 2012. Research Programme Director Andy Powell will describe the service and suggest ways in which cloud infrastructure such as Eduserv can support and enhance mobile technology projects.
Andrew Betts, founder of the web technology firm Assanka, will talk about the HTML5 web app they developed for Financial Times. HTML5 includes features that allow the creation of web applications that work while offline, and Assanka’s FT web app demonstrate how this capability provides excellent user experience in conditions of intermittent or no network access.
These are just a few of the projects that will be showcased at Open Source Junction 3. The programme also includes specially designed small group interaction sessions to help delegates understand each others’ value propositions and identify partnership opportunities.
Social activities on the evening of the first day, including a tour of the five century-old Trinity College, drinks at the historical Turf Tavern, and dinner at a surprise restaurant, will also offer excellent opportunities to network and further discuss collaboration.
Places are still available but early bird registration ends soon. We hope to see some of you at the event.