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Media Advisory 08-004

NSF Leads Efforts to Build Effective Virtual Organizations

Workshop to be held in Washington, D.C., Jan. 14-16

Office of the future: a virtual handshake using sophisticated computer graphics.

Office of the future: a virtual handshake using sophisticated computer graphics.

January 14, 2008

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Virtual organizations are increasingly central to the science and engineering projects around the world. The rules, conventions, and means to success of virtual organizations are evolving every day.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) will sponsor a conference on how to establish such virtual, collaborative teams, how to make them successful and how to employ technologies that can help them effectively function. With a world-class lineup of speakers, including virtual organization veterans from academia and industry, developers of virtual organization technologies and social scientists with years of experience studying what makes virtual organizations succeed (and fail), this program promises to afford lots of opportunities for participants to learn from formal presentations and less formal discussions.

What: "Building Effective Virtual Organizations" Workshop

When: Jan. 14-16, 2008

Where: Fairmont Hotel, in Washington, D.C.

The workshop begins with a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. on Jan. 14 in the Colonnade (first floor), and with a 2:30 p.m. session:

"Workshop Synthesis: Where have we been, Where are we Going? A Conversation with NSF Leadership" featuring NSF officials:

Diana Rhoten, Program Director, Office of Cyberinfrastructure
Dan Atkins, Director, Office of Cyberinfrastructure
Tony Chan, Assistant Director, Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences
David Lightfoot, Assistant Director, Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences
Thomas Weber, Director, Office of International Science and Engineering

The workshop agenda is posted at:

There is no fee, and attendance is at capacity, but a few spots will be made available to registered journalists. To cover the conference, please register with Lisa-Joy Zgorski, 202-285-7396,

Sessions to be Webcast live (Webcast) and available after the workshop (Playback) are so noted on the workshop agenda. System requirements are described on the conference website. For live viewers, the live link will be rtsp://; The alternate live link will be

The workshop on "Building Effective Virtual Organizations" is sponsored by NSF's Office of Cyberinfrastructure, which has identified virtual organizations as a fundamental element of its infrastructure plans.


Media Contacts
Lisa-Joy Zgorski, NSF, (703) 292-8311, email:

Program Contacts
Diana R Rhoten, NSF, (703) 292-8970, email:

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