The presentation will focus on emerging technologies that support collaboration at a research university by creating a scorecard that will be issued twice a year. The scorecard will review the top social networking and collaboration tools offered by the top higher education vendors. Additionally, the scorecard will highlight the top collaboration applications being offered to support user communities at research universities. The presentation will provide the foundation necessary for higher education professionals (administrators, faculty, IT professionals, and librarians) to understand the Web 2.0 world that is quickly transitioning to cloud-based computing. The presentation will provide facts to support the next steps necessary to ensure the best solutions are selected to support faculty and students.