Internet2 regularly showcases our members' efforts on behalf of advanced research and education networking. We not only encourage Internet2 members to share their achievements with the community, but also the interesting people, events, developments and collaborations that make those achievements possible. If you have suggestions for news, events, projects or people that might be featured, please contact email@example.com and include a brief description, appropriate links and images and contact information. Thanks for helping us spread the word.
Rob Carter of Duke University, is an active member of the Internet2 MACE-paccman group. One of Rob’s crucial contributions was coordinating, with Duke Assistant Vice President Klara Jelinkova, a survey that examined privilege management needs of over twenty higher ed institutions. Rob recently led an Identity and Access Management Seminar in Philadelphia, directly preceding the Internet2/EDUCAUSE CAMP, which Rob helped plan as a program committee member.
Register now for the Fall 2009 Internet2 Member Meeting, 5-8 October in San Antonio, Texas. The theme for this fall's meeting is: “Collaborations and Resource Sharing in Research and Education: How the economic crisis is fueling the expansion of networking technology, fostering global communities, and driving social change.”
The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently joined the InCommon Federation to provide NSF’s research and education community simpler and easier access to online services. Principal Investigators and Sponsored Projects Office officials from InCommon member institutions will soon be able to access NSF’s online services such as Research.gov and NSF’s site for submitting and reviewing proposals, FastLane, using their unique IDs and passwords from their home institutions.
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Offered twice per year, CAMP workshops provide guidance on identity and access management topics. CAMPs feature case studies and discussion sessions for the purposes of informing practical campus implementations. Advanced CAMPs are futures-oriented discussions on emerging trends. Register now for CAMP: Practical Building Blocks for Access Management, 15-17 June, and Advanced CAMP: Identity Services Summit for Higher Ed Open/Community Source Projects, June 18-19. Both will be held in Philadelphia.
Internet2 is pleased to announce a new international partnership with the Caribbean Knowledge and Learning Network (CKLN). The partnership was made official in a signing ceremony during the Internet2 Spring Member Meeting when Doug Van Houweling, President & CEO of Internet2, and Kenneth Sylvester, CEO of CKLN, signed a Memorandum of Understanding. CKLN is working toward establishing C@ribNET, a unified research and education network which will connect more than 15 countries in the Caribbean region. This advanced, high bandwidth, backbone network will bridge the digital divide that currently exists in the region. We look forward to future collaborations between our organizations!
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Sciences Network (ESnet) was recently honored with an Excellence.Gov award for its achievements in leveraging technology. The Excellence.Gov awards are sponsored by the Industry Advisory Council’s (IAC) Collaboration and Transformation Shared Interest Group and recognize the federal government’s best information technology (IT) projects. ESnet was honored for ESnet4, its next-generation nationwide network infrastructure - recently completed in collaboration with Internet2 - which provides highly reliable, high-bandwidth connectivity to support and advance the United States’ scientific competitiveness and capabilities by linking scientists at national laboratories and universities across the country.
On April 29, 2009, Internet2 together with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs provided a live demonstration at the Internet2 Spring Member Meeting to showcase how telepresence technologies can help support important telehealth initiatives. The demonstration leveraged the Cisco TelePresence platform to connect a psychiatrist located at the conference hotel in Arlington, Virginia with a remotely located “wounded warrior” veteran patient in Cambridge, Massachusetts for a simulated psychiatric diagnosis session. The demonstration represented the first Cisco TelePresence session held over the Internet2 Network and spotlights how telepresence technologies can revolutionize health services for patients that do not have direct access to quality specialists.
The InCommon Federation has seen significant growth in the last year and a new community-driven three-year plan will help drive future strategy and development. Those attending the Internet2 Spring Member Meeting, and those dialing in from around the country, can participate in the first public discussion of the draft report from the InCommon Future group. The InCommon Future report takes place 27 April at 5 p.m. EDT. Details and screencast login are available online. Additionally, the meeting will feature ten sessions on federation building -- at the state, higher education system, regional, consortial and national levels.
Internet2 hosts its 3rd Health Network Initiative Workshop on April 30 in Arlington. This meeting will convene participants in the FCC Rural Healthcare Pilot Program, government agencies, state and regional networks, leading technology companies, and health IT professionals. The workshop will feature discussions of the latest developments in initiatives like the FCC RHCPP and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. We thank the workshop's sponsors, ADVA Optical, Ciena, Fujitsu and Level 3, for their generous support.
On April 6, Internet2 netcast a meeting on the National Science Foundation’s IRNC program from the Mortara Center for International Studies at Georgetown University. We welcome continued input to the discussion via the Internet2 collaboration space. If you were unable to attend, click here to view the presentations.
The Internet2 community relies greatly on IRNC-funded link projects which interconnect users of the Internet2 Network with collaborators, scientific instruments, data, teaching resources, remote campuses, cultural institutions, clinical sites, and many other resources around the world.
Professor Farnam Jahanian has been named the University of Michigan Distinguished University Innovator for 2009. Jahanian, a member of Internet2's External Relations Advisory Council, is a widely recognized expert in network security at the College of Engineering and a successful entrepreneur. He has conducted breakthrough research leading to a fundamental shift in how the Internet is protected from security threats. The culmination of this research was the establishment of Arbor Networks, Inc. to deploy the novel technology.
The Economic Stimulus Bill will have many implications on advanced networking in research and education. Internet2 has developed an online Stimulus Legislation Community Resource Guide, which provides the full legislation, as well as copies of provisions and summaries of the broadband provisions, Health IT provisions, and science and technology provisions. Additionally, learn about the NSF Academic Research Infrastructure Program Solicitation.
FLR, USF and Internet2 are collaborating to provide Internet2 Network access to nearly every K20 institution in the state of Florida, enabling teachers and students across the state to take advantage of cutting-edge learning resources available through the K20 initiative. This marks a major expansion of the Florida SEGP effort, originally announced in 2006, in cooperation with the USF and the Florida Department of Education through its Florida Information Resource Network 2 (FIRN2), which together with FLR, provide connectivity to most K20 institutions in the state.
The Spring 2009 Internet2 Member Meeting is here! Member Meetings provide unique opportunities for representatives from our diverse member community to meet in person and exchange information about new and ongoing work. Browse the online program to see the exciting sessions planned for this meeting. If you are attending the meeting, please complete the evaluation. If you are unable to attend, be sure to watch the netcast.
Congratulations George McLaughlin! According to the formal citation, "On Australia Day, 26 January 2009, George Millar McLAUGHLIN of Tarago NSW was appointed by the Governor-General as a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia, for service to the information technology sector through a range of advisory roles with national and international educational, research and infrastructure organisations, particularly Australia's Academic and Research Network.” For his part, George contends "this acknowledgement needs to be put in context, and the real achievers to be recognised are:
(i) just over a handful of technically expert, dedicated and imaginative people who worked with me from 1996 until a few years ago, and…
(ii) the friends and colleagues around the world who mentored and supported us…and who have helped and supported me personally in many ways since then."
George has been instrumental in getting many a NREN up and running, and was the Executive Director of AARNET, the Australian R&E network that provides advanced network services to the Australian education and research community, who signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Internet2 in 1999. More recently, George has been focusing on developing NRENs and inter-NREN connectivity and collaboration in South Asia and the Asia Pacific.
As part of its ongoing efforts to promote the adoption of the IPv6 protocol, the Internet2 IPv6 Working Group will host its second IPv6 accessibility challenge for attendees of the ESCC/Internet2 Joint Techs meeting hosted this week by Texas A&M University in College Station, TX. The challenge asks workshop attendees to set up their personal computers to operate using only IPv6. Users will then attempt to connect to the meeting's wireless network to access a registration website only accessible via IPv6. The IPv6 website will also be used to gather anonymous documentation on the level of IPv6 compliance for each user's computer system, DNS server and campus network to enhance the working group's knowledge on current deployment and adoption rates. Further details can be found at: http://jointtechs.es.net/texas2009/challenge.pdf
Internet2, Sitola - the Laboratory of Advanced Networking Technologies at Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic, CESNET in the Czech Republic, LEARN, and Texas A&M University will this week highlight the use of dynamic circuit networks to enable an UltraGrid high-definition video application at the ESCC/Internet2 Joint Techs Workshop. For the first time, this demo will showcase the use of the CoUniverse middleware application, which will enable the dynamic set up of circuits across through several administrative domains including Texas A&M University, LEARN, and Internet2.
The ESCC/Internet2 Joint Techs Workshop will hold its annual winter session this week in College Station, TX. Hosted by Texas A&M University, the four-day conference brings together thought leaders in the research and education community to explore and discuss important technology issues and advancements in next-generation networking. Presentations this week will have four main focus areas including: The Coming Crisis in Routing and Networking, Campus Network Challenges, Convergence Technologies, and End to End Campus Cooperation. The main plenary sessions held from February 1- 5, 2009 will be netcast for worldwide viewing. Those interested in participating remotely in the conference may access live streams, including audio, video and presentation slides via: http://jointtechs.es.net/texas2009/netcast.html. Once the workshop is over, netcast session archives will also be available. For the full Joint Techs program visit: http://events.internet2.edu/2009/jt-texas/agenda.cfm?event=1019&day=&track=&details=on
The deadline for submissions for the 2009 IDEA Awards has been extended to 25 February. Open to existing or proposed applications, the Internet2 IDEA awards are designed to showcase projects that apply the latest in advanced networking capabilities to enable transformational progress in research, to enhance teaching and learning, and to potentially increase the impact of next-generation networks around the world.