The Pervasive Technology Institute at Indiana University (PTI@IU) is launching a project to explore, advance, and develop evidence of the impact of the use of human resources—also known as "humanware"—to support and increase the use of cloud-based cyberinfrastructure (CI) by researchers in university environments in North America. Funding from Microsoft Corporation supports the project.


Indiana University is a leader in the development of concepts, programs, and processes that enabled successful adoption of humanware approaches across higher education, and sees this new endeavor as yet another way in which the concept will be applied. This project will demonstrate that this established concept can be successfully applied to a new area—specifically to aid in the adoption and successful use of cloud-based resources as a key element of CI supporting research. The project will explore and illuminate the potential (positive) impact humanware has on increasing ROI in the use of cloud-based CI, as well as the potential (positive) impact of the use of cloud-based CI on increasing ROI of research endeavors in higher education in North America.

IU’s Pervasive Technology Institute is a collaborative organization with seven affiliated research and development centers, representing collaboration among the IU Office of the Vice President for IT and CIO (which leads the effort), University Information Technology Services, the Maurer School of Law, the Kelley School of Business, the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering, and the College of Arts and Sciences at IU. Its mission is to transform new innovations in cyberinfrastructure and computer science into robust tools and support the use of such tools in academic and private sector research and development. IU PTI does this while aiding the Indiana economy and helping to build Indiana’s twenty-first century workforce.