The Pervasive Technology Institute at Indiana University (PTI@IU) is conducting a project—Humans Advancing Research in the Cloud (HARC)—to explore, advance, and develop evidence of how human resources support and increase the use of cloud-based cyberinfrastructure (CI) by researchers in university environments in North America.


Indiana University is a leader in the development of concepts, programs, and processes that enable successful adoption of information technology 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 people have 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.