A panel discussion celebrating the future of information was held on July 8, 2016 at the Harpers Ferry Design Center (HFC) to honor Don Kodak as he steps down from 10 years of leadership at HFC. Over the past 4 years, Don has been an active member of the Future of Information Alliance, helping to host meetings, collaborating with colleagues at the University of Maryland, the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian, the Newseum, and more. A few of these colleagues joined the discussion to explore issues, challenges, and opportunities of the future of information.

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Dan Russell — Google’s “director of user happiness” and FIA’s Future-ist in Residence — taught a workshop on how to become a power search user and continue down the path of being a lifelong learner.

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Three future-ists discussed the future of virtual reality and innovative imagery: Graham Roberts, Senior Editor at The New York Times; Dan Russell, Google’s Director of User Happiness; and Amitabh Varshney, Director of the University of Maryland’s Institute for Advanced Computer Studies. Leslie Walker, the Visiting Professor in Digital Innovation at the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism moderated the discussion.

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FIA sponsored, along with UMD’s Division of Information Technology and the Campus Visualization Partnership (CVP), a lecture on October 7, 2015 by Dr. JoAnn Kuchera-Morin on the computational framework that she and a team of researchers is developing at the Allosphere Research Facility which will enable the transformation of big and complex data.

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Sixty-five lab and center directors from across campus and diverse disciplines gathered to discuss the challenges they face and the potential opportunities ahead.

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Learners and designers of all ages spent two days shaping and designing the future of learning. Congratulations to Team Learners on winning the challenge for their prototype model of a Google Glass-augmented 3D-printed animal dissection lab!

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Congratulations to Team BayBucks on winning the Governor’s Cup in the DataBay “Reclaim the Bay” Innovation Challenge! Programmers, scientists, civic hackers and students created data-driven applications to increase public engagement …

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Highlights of a week-long event that explored the future of the past, ranging from innovative uses of satellites and 3D imaging, to confronting the challenges of archiving social movements.

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The Future of Information Alliance, in partnership with the State of Maryland, presented a program on May 8, 2013 that explored both the opportunities and challenges associated with big data.

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A series of events marked the launch of the Future of Information Alliance. Three “Visiting Future-ists” spent a week on campus brainstorming with students, faculty, administrators, staff and alumni to identify key information challenges that can best be addressed through interdisciplinary collaboration.

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