Hi Jim, Diane and Cathleen,
By way of introduction, I'm emailing mostly Director of IBM Global University Jim Spohrer here in preparation for our conversation later this afternoon, but want to include you both, Diane and Cathleen, in this email, to give you an idea of some possibilities I would like explore vis-a-vis the IBM Impact Grant brochure you sent, and in a way, also to create the possible beginnings of an IBM / startup World University and School team for subsequent developing collaborations. (I'll email you both separately and specifically vis-a-vis the IBM Impacts Grant brochure later, which I'm attaching re Jim).
I'm still learning how our communications may lead to further IBM/WUaS developments, but I'm also interested in exploring, organizationally, how WUaS might staff all of what's below and more, with respect to possible engagement with IBM Ph.D.s, but also especially with respect to possible IBM project managers and similar vis-a-vis IBM Impact Grants, if this might at all please be possible. While there may be a lot below, IBM's 426,000 employees worldwide (http://www.slideshare.net/spohrer/strategies-for-psm-funding-20121109-v1) seems like it might be able to engage some of this.
Jim, Diane and Cathleen: the SUBJECT TEMPLATE is central to WUaS - http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/SUBJECT_TEMPLATE#Digital_To_Do - and all of these WUaS Digital To Do's will create a lot of interesting scientific and STEM innovation possibilities, for example - but please check out the whole wiki page, since it informs all pages at MIT OCW-centric WUaS thus far, and especially as we make the transition from the current Wikia wiki to the planned Wikidata/Wikibase interlingual wiki.
In preparation for conversation with you as an innovating computer scientist with a focus on IBM Global University and knowledge of multiple online university projects around the world, a few information technological items come initially to my mind about where WUaS would like to head, but doesn't yet have the resources to do so, and which you could possibly help with, or suggest innovative ways with which to proceed, and which might also articulate with a variety of IBM projects:
- begin WUaS in MediaWiki / qLabel / Wikidata / Wikibase / SemanticWiki, accessing Wikicommons in the process ... potentially in 3 or 4 languages to begin ... possibly En / Es / De (which I speak some) and Hindi together? Are you on the wikidata-l, wikitech-l and semanticwiki email lists by chance? see for access to these lists - http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2014/08/california-tiger-salamander-wuas-in.html.
which would then inform
- begin together the inter-lingual MIT OCW-centric schools in large languages anticipating how WUaS will STUDY how students learn in exchange for free MIT OCW-centric degrees, and for WUaS to show to prospective students around the world, and help staff it with WUaS/IBM developers ...
- begin together the universal translator in Wikidata
- begin the "You at WUaS" site for student registration, matriculation, the WUaS all-languages/all-instruments music school, social networking site
- begin together the inter-lingual wiki Music School
- begin together the inter-lingual Medical School
- Structure WUaS in Wikidata for a wide variety of multi-lingual scientific MIT OCW-centric research projects
- "Information Technologies and Data Plan" wiki main page at WUaS -
- Master Plan wiki page at WUaS ...
- Would you, Jim, Diane, or Cathleen, be available to explore joining the WUaS Board?
Jim, startup CC MIT OCW-centric WUaS is also seeking to develop all of this entrepreneurially (see WUaS's business plan here - http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Business_Plan#World_University_and_School_Links), especially in WUaS's need for financial resources, and also in developing an IT strategy, - and in order to grow steadily and somewhat rapidly as wiki schools for people to people open teaching and learning in Google + group video Hangouts, for example, in all 7,106 languages and 242+ countries, and would greatly welcome you ideas for this especially.
Thank you and looking forward to talking with you soon.
All the best,
Hi Cathleen, Diane and Jim,
There are many potentially very helpful offerings in the IBM Impact Grants' brochure - https://www.ibm.com/ibm/responsibility/downloads/initiatives/2014_IBM_Impact_Grant_Offerings_Brochure.pdf (see also: https://www.ibm.com/ibm/responsibility/initiatives/citizenship.shtml) - you sent, which would be great to talk about vis-a-vis the email I just sent to you and Director of IBM Global University. As I look through the brochure, I see - in each of its categories - the following as being particularly germane:
- Capacity Building
- Strategic Growth
- Business Analytics
Startup Development Analytics (which I don't see here, but could relate to kinds of "Predictive Analytics" and "Brand Analysis in the Social Web," which I do see in the brochure).
In terms of staffing WUaS's Academic Subjects - http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Subjects - in particular, and for students applying to (next autumn 2015), and matriculating at, accrediting MIT OCW-centric WUaS (which I mentioned in my email earlier today), WUaS is particularly interested in hiring, even starting now, graduate students (and also possibly undergraduate students) from great universities, such as MIT and Harvard and Yale (and Stanford ... and hopefully also from this wiki list of great universities at WUaS - http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Courses#University_course_listings - worldwide).
I noticed, too, Cathleen that you seem to be based in the Boston Area, and it could be great to talk specifically about reaching out to such students with these job opportunities in terms of project management and strategic planning. (I'm including Jim in this email because some of these student interns - http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/WUaS_Intern_positions#World_University_and_School_Links - might be great developers as WUaS moves from Wikia to Wikidata/Wikibase). Such student interns might be particularly skilled in developing, by learning by doing, their own skills in - academic software development, big data, enterprise architecture, business intelligence and academic business strategy - in conjunction with the courses they're concurrently taking.
Thank you, looking forward to talking with you soon, and I await your ideas about how best to proceed with the above possibilities, - and about the best times to talk about these possibilities.