George Mason Hosts i-drive University Consortium Meeting Today

Posted: March 30, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Emily Yaghmour

On March 30 and 31, George Mason hosts a meeting for the i-drive University Consortium, a group of approximately 30 universities that have agreed to work with the i-drive corporation to help establish and improve its product–a website through which users may store files on the web. Storing files on the web enables users to access their files from any computer in the world that has access to the Internet. George Mason was one of the first universities to join the consortium, which includes such universities as Stanford, University of California at Berkeley, and Carnegie Mellon.

In addition to providing file storage space on the web, the i-drive website may be used as a shared drive for collaborative work, eliminating the necessity of e-mailing documents back and forth between users. Because i-drive provides file conversion services, a file created in one application may be opened in another. In addition, i-drive hosts user websites.

By participating in the i-drive University Consortium, George Mason has the opportunity to influence the development of this product so that its features meet the needs of George Mason users, says Keith Segerson, executive director of University Computing and Information Systems. As a consortium member, the university has its own i-drive website for the sole use of George Mason users, and the university has been guaranteed no-cost, commercial-free access to the product.

This is the first time that an i-drive conference has been hosted at a university, Segerson says. Between 40 and 50 people are attending the conference, most of whom come from other universities in the consortium. Held in Mason Hall, the conference showcases the web-based technologies that faculty and staff members use at George Mason. It includes panel discussions in which some of i-drive’s industry partners share the ways they are using the product. The conference also features presentations by i-drive representatives in which they discuss the ways they plan to modify and improve the product.

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