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ERIC Number: EJ846552
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1528-5324
OneCleveland: Connecting the Digital City
Gonick, Lev; Junnar, Priya
EDUCAUSE Quarterly, v28 n1 p34-42 2005
A new urban landscape characterizes cities around the globe, eclipsing the smokestacks of the 19th century and skyscrapers of the 20th century, yet the topography of the 21st century digital cityscape is almost invisible. In sharp contrast to the limits of interaction imposed by geography, architecture, and physical distances characteristic of cities and universities in the past, the digital infrastructure of the new millennium can redefine the city's ecosystem as one intimately connected to--and interdependent with--with the university's. This paradigm shift morphs the traditional dichotomy between town and gown into a collaboration that can promote regional development, economic growth, and public welfare. Such a shift is unfolding in Cleveland, Ohio, where Case Western Reserve University (Case) is a founding member of OneCleveland, a nonprofit entity created to provide gigabit connectivity to Cleveland's nonprofit institutions and pave the way for a growing metropolitan provision of widespread and free regional Wi-Fi access. Incorporated in October 2003, OneCleveland connects the greater Cleveland area to promote economic development and growth and improve the lives of its citizens. OneCleveland links the entire nonprofit spectrum--education, culture and the arts, research, health care, and government--for collaboration and innovation on a large metropolitan scale. The vision for OneCleveland is to help the creative workforce of the region become agents in the reinvention of their own futures and that of the greater region. OneCleveland is an enabling platform that leverages the new digital cityscape to create opportunities in the areas of research, experimentation, jobs, wealth, and a new sense of community. As a result, a growing number of transformative applications in health care, arts and culture, research, government e-services, regional transportation, and education are being developed and deployed. (Contains 3 figures and 4 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Ohio