Convia is a ‘smart grid’ ceiling system that enables quick reconfiguration, device control and power management.

The first installation on campus is in the @tLab in B003 DeBartolo Classroom Building. A second installation is in Innovation Park at Notre Dame. For more information, please contact Jon Crutchfield (jcrutchf @


Social Media Mashups

Experimenting with Facebook as a social media platform – already used by Center for Social Concerns.

For more information, please contact Paul Turner (pturner1 @

Course Management System Usage Reporting

The University’s Course Management System (CMS) records a wealth of data about how students use the system. The CMS usage reporting project will provide enhanced reporting of the usage data.

For more information, please contact Jon Crutchfield (jcrutchf @



Digital Video Server

The Digital Video Server (DVS) consists of a multi-core server, storage array and software that will allow users throughout the University to efficiently encode video and audio files as well as automatically upload to the iTunes U Public and Private site. The server provides 8 parallel cores of processing that allows video and audio files to be encoded into other formats in a fraction of the time it takes to process them on a standard workstation. This frees up the users to do other things on their workstations instead of a single CPU intensive task. It allows users to process more files in less time and in more formats.

For more information, please contact Jeff Hanrahan (hanrahan @



eBooks, eReaders and ePublishing

eReaders come in many different hardware and software configurations and are capable of displaying eBooks and other electronic document formats. Some eReaders provide the ability to search, bookmark and annotate sections of content. eReaders were one of the main attractions at the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Apple also recently introduced the iPad. Major newspaper and magazine publishers are rolling out plans to deliver content to eReaders of various sizes and capabilities. The U.S. Government is now publishing documents in ePub format.

At Notre Dame, an evaluation of the iPad as eReaders is underway in its first phase with Mendoza College of Business’s Corey Angst. For more information, please visit the eReader study news report, or contact Jon Crutchfield (jcrutchf @

Gesture-based Computing

Gesture-based computing will provide a more natural, more collaborative way to interact with computers by interpreting human gestures and direct manipulation. Gesture-based computing was highlighted in the 2010 Horizon Report as a technology that will have a large impact on teaching, learning and creative expression in the next four to five years.

For more information, please contact Jon Crutchfield (jcrutchf @


Ning is an online platform for people to create their own social networks. Ning includes tools such as discussion forums, groups, activity streams, and textual and multimedia content. As a social platform, Ning has been utilized by numerous faculty around the world to collaborate with other faculty and to engage their students in their own classes. It has both free with advertisements and paid without advertisement options.

For more information, please contact Kevin Abbott (kabbott @





Omeka is a free, flexible, and open source web-publishing platform for the display of library, museum, archives, and scholarly collections and exhibitions. It is designed with non-IT specialists in mind, allowing users to focus on content and interpretation rather than programming. It enables Web 2.0 technologies and approaches to academic and cultural websites to foster user interaction and participation.

For more information, please contact Kevin Abbott (kabbott @



One Laptop Per Child (OLPC)

OLPC XO laptops are rugged laptops meant to be used by students in developing nations. The laptops have the ability to form mesh networks between multiple OLPC XO laptops, which enables many computers to share a single Internet connection.

OIT is working with the Ford Family Foundation and Uganda Martyr’s University to assess need and infrastructure readiness. For more information, please contact Kevin Abbott (kabbott @


OpenEyA (Enhance your Audience) enables archival and sharing of lectures and talks carried out using chalkboards and whiteboards found in classrooms and/or using modern presentations (PPT, PDF, animations, etc). The lecture is captured using a microphone and a web cam while the chalkboard or whiteboard is captured by a linked camera. The lecture portion is delivered via Flash and is synced with the photos taken of the chalk/white boards so the student can see a very high quality (and zoomable) capture of the board as the professor writes. It would cost less than $1,000 to create an openEyA system that would be portable and scalable enough to equip multiple classrooms throughout the campus.

For more information, please contact Kevin Abbott (kabbott @