It was one year ago today that the University Library welcomed distinguished guests including President Mark Becker, Vice President for Research & Economic Development James Weyhenmeyer, numerous student and faculty presenters, and approximately 120 attendees from the University and Atlanta communities to the official opening of CURVE: Collaborative University Research & Visualization Environment.
What a successful first year we’ve had! We invite you to read our annual report (pdf; 15MB) documenting the many student, faculty, and staff accomplishments that have taken place in CURVE since last fall’s ribbon cutting.
CURVE is a technology-rich discovery space supporting the research and digital scholarship of Georgia State University students, faculty, and staff. A service of the University Library, CURVE’s mission is to enhance research and visualizations by providing technology and spaces that promote interdisciplinary engagement, collaborative investigation, and innovative inquiry.
The centerpiece technology, the interactWall, is a touch enabled, 24-foot-wide video wall designed for collaborative visual and data-rich research projects. Seven additional collaborative workstations, including an advanced 4K workstation, feature high-powered PCs and Mac Pros that allow users to work with and manipulate large images and data sets. Each workstation is equipped with a large display that can accommodate up to six people, allowing multiple groups to work together on a research problem.
As higher education continues to be transformed by new technologies that are challenging traditional modes of research and learning, research libraries are reinventing their service models and physical spaces. Through the creation of CURVE, Georgia State University Library has begun to gain national recognition as a leader in new service development and space innovation.
We look forward to continued innovations and success stories as we work to transform library services and spaces.