IBM awards Rice $700K for shared university research project

Rice and IBM collaborate to help schools integrate academic software applications

HOUSTON, Oct. 6, 2006 — Rice University and IBM today announced they will collaborate on the development of an open-standards-based, service oriented architecture (SOA) that will help higher education institutions tie together their increasingly diverse academic software applications.

The collaboration is supported in part by IBM’s Shared University Research (SUR) award program, created to exemplify the deep partnership between academia and the industry to explore research in areas essential to innovation. Through the SUR award and software from the IBM Academic Initiative, IBM has donated IBM BladeCenter hardware technology, software for an SOA platform and related services valued at $700,000.

Rick Peterson, director for academic and research computing at Rice, is eager to capitalize on open standards systems. “Rice is already utilizing great, individual, open source/open standards-based tools such as D-Space, Sakai and Connexions. With this new research project, made possible by the IBM grant, we can create a framework that will allow these applications to operate well together. More broadly, the framework we develop may be of help to those in higher education who wish to tie together other stand-alone systems and applications. We want the work resulting from this grant to make life easier for faculty and students by allowing them to create a more integrated learning and collaboration environment.”


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