Quilt Member News
NJEDge.Net and MCNC highlight member events in November
Two Quilt members in New Jersey and North Carolina are hosting great events this month.
Digital Reality: What is it? is the theme of this year’s NJEDge.net 2013 Conference at the Crowne Plaza Princeton in Plainsboro on Nov. 20-22. The event will bring together innovators in higher education, K-20 education and other technology support staff
NJEDge.Net supports its members in their institutional missions by providing collaborative resources and networked information services in support of teaching and learning; research and development; outreach and public service; as well as economic development throughout the state of New Jersey. In providing a broadband statewide network, NJEDge.Net establishes standards for interoperability, achieves economies of scale and supports new and emerging technologies to foster and support productive use of technology across the academic enterprise.NJEDge.Net ensures that its objectives and goals align with the missions of the membership and the overall NJ educational enterprise
Online registration is available.
Quilt member MCNC will host NCREN Community Day 2013 on Thursday and Friday (Nov. 21-22) at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library on the campus of NC State University in Raleigh. This year's theme of "The Connected State" will highlight the continued growth of their user community and the leadership shaping broadband connectivity in North Carolina.
MCNC is a technology non-profit that builds, owns, and operates the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN). MCNC annually recognizes and celebrates the progress and achievements from all over the NCREN community with this event.
It also is a very special one for MCNC this year as they celebrate the completion of the Golden LEAF Rural Broadband Initiative through the Broadband Technologies Opportunities Program (BTOP).
Event highlights will include a training session on values-based leadership featuring Don Welch, president and CEO of Quilt member Merit Network. Other presentations on the agenda include the growth rate of NCREN heading into 2014 as well as active discussions on Gig.U and the N.C. Next Generation Network, innovation through network connectivity, digital learning in North Carolina featuring former North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue, the state of rural broadband, bandwidth and public safety, and an update on the health of the network by MCNC staff. View the full program agenda.
More than 200 top government, education, and technology industry leaders in North Carolina and throughout the country are expected to attend. The event will be held at both the Institute for Emerging Issues and at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library.
Day-of registration remains available. Online registration will close Nov. 15.
Rhode Island’s New High Speed, High Capacity Broadband Infrastructure is Completed
Positions RI for Growth & Job Development
Providence, RI: OSHEAN today announced the completion of Beacon 2.0 - one of the biggest digital milestones to date for Rhode Island- a new 450-mile fiber optic cyber infrastructure that connects over 100 Community Anchor Institutions (CAI).
Senator Jack Reed, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Governor Lincoln Chafee, Congressman Jim Langevin, and Congressman David Cicilline all joined Governor Lincoln Chafee and OSHEAN at the Providence Public Library where representatives of Rhode Island and SE Massachusetts colleges, universities, major health care institutions, state and local government, libraries and schools celebrated the feat.
Beacon 2.0 is one of the most significant new local infrastructure projects. It equips Rhode Island and South Eastern Massachusetts with an unparalleled cyber infrastructure, laying the foundation to support students, expand businesses, and improve the overall ability of the state to better compete on a regional and global scale.
“This is a significant milestone for the state and surrounding region,” said OSHEAN’s President and CEO, David Marble. “Rhode Island now has an amazing asset that enables it to be on the cutting edge of digital technology capability. Its uses are widely varied and extremely valuable allowing us to connect, collaborate, and innovate in a variety of ways. The infrastructure in place now affords major advances in everything from virtual classrooms to telemedicine.”
Beacon 2.0 was funded with a $21.7 million federal stimulus grant and $10.7 million in private funds. Senator Jack Reed, working with other members of Rhode Island’s congressional delegation, spearheaded the 3-year federal initiative under a program entitled the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP).
“Thank you to OSHEAN and their community partners for making this advanced fiber-optic network a reality,” said Senator Reed. “With the completion of Beacon 2.0, more Rhode Islanders in schools, libraries, research institutions, and hospitals throughout the state can connect to new opportunities, and access and share information. We need to continue investing in our digital infrastructure to ensure that all Rhode Islanders have access to reliable, affordable broadband access so they can connect, compete, and succeed.”
"Beacon 2.0 will provide Rhode Island’s medical, educational, and other important institutions with high-capacity broadband, which is essential for growing our state's economy," said U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse. "This is yet another example of Rhode Island's leadership in cutting-edge technological innovations, and I'm proud to celebrate the completion of the project."
The Beacon 2.0 network provides necessary cyber-infrastructure to support the state’s growing knowledge economy and the hundreds of industries and jobs it is expected to create.
“Cyber-infrastructure provides the fuel to grow our knowledge-based economy. Today, we celebrate the completion of more than 450 new miles of fiber optic network across all five Rhode Island counties, which makes Rhode Island one of the top three in the nation for broadband coverage,” Governor Lincoln D. Chafee said. “The result will be even more broadband capacity and digital literacy in Rhode Island’s schools, libraries, and hospitals. Broadband expansion is essential to fostering greater social, economic and political equality and narrowing income disparities throughout Rhode Island.”
Application examples include:
- Video - Medical institutions are utilizing video capture and streaming for on-line learning and to deliver on-line certification training and testing.
- Telemedicine – Healthcare Community Anchor Institutions are using the network for remote diagnostics and electronic medical records access.
- Disaster Recovery – Community Anchor Institutions are utilizing the new network to create a disaster recovery platform for back up of critical infrastructure to a number of local and geographically disperse locations.
- Emergency Management – Statewide coordination through an emergency management video system over the Beacon 2.0 infrastructure.
- Access to the Worldwide Internet2 Research and Education Network – Internet2 is an exceptional community of U.S. and international leaders in research, academia, industry and government who create and collaborate to advance national and global research and education.
- Cloud-based Digital Learning – High speed fiber connectivity allows access to a world of digital learning tools and learning management systems in the network for both Higher Ed institutions and K-12.
"Business, education, public safety, tourism - every aspect of our lives - is tied to technology. In order for Rhode Island to stay competitive on all fronts, and to attract the innovative, forwardthinkers who will grow our economy, we must make smart investments in technological infrastructure," said Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI). "Information technology continues to be an industry with high-growth potential, and this successful grant program will lay the groundwork for new jobs, more efficient health care delivery and an improved, more modern system of education.
"When they have the tools they need, Rhode Islanders will outwork, outthink and outperform any of their competitors in this country or around the world," said Cicilline. "The completion of this cyber-infrastructure project is connecting many diverse and vital institutions across Rhode Island so that men and women across this great state enjoy access to cutting-edge broadband infrastructure and the competitive advantage it provides."
Nation's first campus 'Super Wi-Fi' network launches at West Virginia University
West Virginia University today (July 9) became the first university in the United States to use vacant broadcast TV channels to provide the campus and nearby areas with wireless broadband Internet services.
The university has partnered with AIR.U, the Advanced Internet Regions consortium, to transform the “TV white spaces” frequencies left empty when television stations moved to digital broadcasting into much-needed connectivity for students and the surrounding community.
The initial phase of the network provides free public Wi-Fi access for students and faculty at the Public Rapid Transit platforms, a 73-car tram system that transports more than 15,000 riders daily.
“Not only does the AIR.U deployment improve wireless connectivity for the PRT System, but also demonstrates the real potential of innovation and new technologies to deliver broadband coverage and capacity to rural areas and small towns to drive economic development and quality of life, and to compete with the rest of the world in the knowledge economy,” said WVU Chief Information Officer John Campbell.
“This may well offer a solution for the many West Virginia communities where broadband access continues to be an issue,” Campbell said, “and we are pleased to be able to be a test site for a solution that may benefit thousands of West Virginians.”
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation Sen. Jay Rockefeller, said, “As chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, I have made promoting high-speed Internet deployment throughout West Virginia, and around the nation, a priority. That is why I am excited by today’s announcement of the new innovative wireless broadband initiative on West Virginia University’s campus.
“Wireless broadband is an important part of bringing the economic, educational, and social benefits of broadband to all Americans,” he said.
“My Public Safety Spectrum legislation, which the president signed into law last year, helped to preserve and promote innovative wireless services,” Rockefeller said. “The lessons learned from this pilot project will be important as Congress continues to look for ways to expand broadband access and advance smart spectrum policy.”
Mignon Clyburn, acting chair of the Federal Communications Commission, praised the development, saying, ””Innovative deployment of TV white spaces presents an exciting opportunity for underserved rural and low-income urban communities across the country. I commend AIR.U and West Virginia University on launching a unique pilot program that provides campus-wide Wi-Fi services using TV white space devices.
“This pilot will not only demonstrate how TV white space technologies can help bridge the digital divide, but also could offer valuable insights into how best to structure future deployments,” she said.
The network deployment is managed by AIR.U co-founder Declaration Networks Group LLC and represents a collaboration between AIR.U and the WVU Board of Governors;the West Virginia Network for Telecomputing, which provides the fiber optic Internet backhaul for the network; and Adaptrum Inc., a California start-up providing white space equipment designed to operate on vacant TV channels. AIR.U is affiliated with the Open Technology Institute at the New America Foundation, a non-partisan think tank based in Washington, D.C. Microsoft and Google both provided early support for AIR.U’s overall effort to spur innovation to upgrade the broadband available to underserved campuses and their surrounding communities.
“WVNET is proud to partner with >AIR.U and WVU on this exciting new wireless broadband opportunity,” WVNET Director Judge Dan O’Hanlon said. “We are very pleased with this early success and look forward to expanding this last-mile wireless solution all across West Virginia.” O’Hanlon also serves as chairman of the West Virginia Broadband Council.
Because the unique propagation characteristics of TV band spectrum enables networks to broadcast Wi-Fi connections over several miles and over hilly and forested terrain, the Federal Communications Commission describes unlicensed access to vacant TV channels as enabling “Super Wi-Fi” services. For example, WVU can add additional Wi-Fi hotspots in other locations around campus where students congregate or lack connectivity today. Future applications include public Wi-Fi access on the PRT cars and machine-to-machine wireless data links supporting control functions of the PRT System.
AIR.U’s initial deployment, blanketing the WVU campus with Wi-Fi connectivity, demonstrates the equipment capabilities, the system throughput and performance of TV band frequencies to support broadband Internet applications. AIR.U intends to facilitate additional college community and rural broadband deployments in the future.
“The innovative WVU network demonstrates why it is critical that the FCC allows companies and communities to use vacant TV channel spectrum on an unlicensed basis,” said Michael Calabrese, director of the Wireless Future Project at the New America Foundation. “We expect that hundreds of rural and small town colleges and surrounding communities will soon take advantage of this very cost-effective technology to extend fast and affordable broadband connections where they are lacking.”
“Microsoft was built on the idea that technology should be accessible and affordable to everyone, and today access to a broadband connection is becoming increasingly important.” said Paul Mitchell, general manager/technology policy, at Microsoft. “White spaces technology and efficient spectrum management have a huge potential for expanding affordable broadband access in underserved areas and we are pleased to be partnering with AIR.U and West Virginia University on this new launch.”
The AIR.U consortium includes organizations that represent over 500 colleges and universities nationwide, and includes the United Negro College Fund, the New England Board of Higher Education, the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California, the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education, and Gig.U, a consortium of 37 major universities.
Founding partners of AIR.U include Microsoft, Google, the Open Technology Institute at the New America Foundation, the Appalachian Regional Commission, and Declaration Networks Group, LLC, a new firm established to plan, deploy and operate Super Wi-Fi networks.
“Super Wi-Fi presents a lower-cost, scalable approach to deliver high capacity wireless networks, and DNG is leading the way for a new broadband alternative to provide sustainable models that can be replicated and extended to towns and cities nationwide,” stated Bob Nichols, CEO of Declaration Networks Group, LLC and AIR.U co-founder.
CONTACT: WVU University Relations/News 304.293.6997
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Third Frontier Commission helps fund $6.4 million effort to boost Ohio businesses through modeling & simulation
The Ohio Third Frontier Commission this morning voted to award a $3 million grant to help fund a $6.4 million public/private initiative led by OSC to maximize Ohio manufacturers’ use of simulation-driven design.
OSC is working with Procter & Gamble, Intel, Nimbis Services, TotalSim USA, AltaSim Technologies and Kinetic Vision to launch the Intelligent Simulation Platform (IntelSim) project. These partners organizations are funding the balance of the budget for the three-year project. Most of these organizations have been involved in a pre-existing federal public/private program to provide small- and medium-sized manufacturers with simulation resources and expertise.
The Intelligent Simulation Platform (IntelSim) project will help businesses replace a large share of their physical product prototyping with computer simulations to cut time and costs. Previously, smaller manufacturers could not afford such projects, but this new program offers affordable simulations with easy-to-use “manufacturing apps.” I’ve attached the OSC press release should you want to read more about the program.
This announcement represents a significant milestone for OSC, as the announcement of the 100 Gigabit-per-second network backbone in December did for OARnet. These great accomplishments are made possible through the hard work of the staff and leadership of OH-TECH and its member organizations, as well as through the continuing support of our academic, government and business partners.
We will keep you informed of developments related to this and other important programs in the months ahead. Please see attached PR.
MAX Launches “Double HELIX” in Maryland’s Biotechnology Corridor
Mid-Atlantic Crossroads (MAX) announces the launch of Double HELIX (Health, Education, Life Sciences, and Internet eXchange), the new high-performance point of presence (PoP) located at the Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research in Rockville, Maryland. Double HELIX offers high-speed big data transfer services through a 100 Gbps-capable networking infrastructure to the Shady Grove Life Sciences Center and the surrounding research community.
The launch of Double HELIX expands the MAX regional network and further facilitates communication and collaboration between scientific researchers. Double HELIX provides high-performance network services enabling direct connections between collaborating institutions within the Washington D.C. metropolitan area, as well as high-speed on-ramps to the larger research and education cyberinfrastructure via MAX's peerings with other networks. This facility enables access to the full suite of MAX's state-of-the-art network services, which includes dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) transport, Ethernet, and routed IP services.
“MAX strives to stay one step ahead of the research community’s technological needs, and the launch of Double HELIX achieves this goal,” said Tripti Sinha, Executive Director of MAX. “Double HELIX is located in the epicenter of research and innovation in Maryland’s biotechnology and life sciences business corridor, and we are excited for the opportunities it will create.”
Double HELIX operates using Fujitsu technologies, which includes a highly scalable and agile multi-100 Gbps DWDM system. MAX relies on this advanced optical technology as the base for its network footprint in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.
“The launch of Double HELIX was a major undertaking for MAX, and we are proud to see it come to fruition,” said Tom Lehman, Director of Research at MAX. “The growth of MAX’s network is driven by the needs of the research and science communities, and Double HELIX will certainly help to meet those needs.”
For more information about MAX services, please visit www.maxgigapop.net.
Merit Network and Michigan Cyber Range Announce Michigan Cybersecurity Industry Summit
First annual Michigan Cybersecurity Industry Summit to take place May 14 in Ann Arbor
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Merit Network and the Michigan Cyber Range announced today the first annual Michigan Cybersecurity Industry Summit. The Summit will take place May 14, 2013 from 3:00-7:00 PM at the Sheraton Ann Arbor.
The theme of this year's Summit is Building Michigan's Cybersecurity Industry. It will feature expert speakers from government and industry. In addition, a demonstration of the Michigan Cyber Range's capabilities will introduce attendees to the education, training and testing capabilities that will help launch Michigan's cybersecurity industry to the forefront of the global marketplace.
The Summit will feature the following speakers:
David Behen, CIO of the State of Michigan, on the governor's vision for cybersecurity and what the state is doing to expand the IT industry in Michigan.
Dug Song, founder of Duo Security, on how to successfully train a skilled cybersecurity workforce.
Craig Labovitz, Ph.D., CEO and co-founder of Deepfield, on current Internet trends and the evolution of the cloud and cybersecurity.
This event is ideal for CIOs and IT executives who follow and support cybersecurity activities in Michigan.
About Merit NetworkMerit Network Inc., a nonprofit corporation owned and governed by Michigan's public universities, owns and operates America's longest-running regional research and education network. In 1966, Michigan's public universities created Merit as a shared resource to help meet their common need for networking assistance. Since its formation, Merit Network has remained on the forefront of research and education networking expertise and services. Merit provides high-performance networking solutions to Michigan's public universities, colleges, K-12 organizations, libraries, state government, healthcare, and other non-profit organizations.
For more information: www.merit.edu
About Michigan Cyber RangeHosted by Merit Network, the Michigan Cyber Range enables interactive learning through real-world exercises and course work. The program offers students and IT professionals a full curriculum of meetings and workshops as well as critical cybersecurity training and awareness tools. Organizations may also utilize the range in closed exercises for their staff to help them practice protecting their infrastructure. The Michigan Cyber Range is part of the State of Michigan's initiative to improve cybersecurity efforts to protect families, communities, businesses and government.
For more information: www.merit.edu/cyberrange
Merit Network, Inc.
Great Plains Network Annual Meeting 2013
Kansas City MO, May 29 - 31 2013
Submissions due Friday, April 19, 2013
Submit a Presentation: http://www.dce.k-state.edu/conf/great-plains-network/presentations
Conference Theme: Big Data: From Bits and Bytes to Knowledge and Insights
GPN Annual Conference Submission Request
Overview: Faculty, librarians, technical staff, graduate and undergraduate students are invited to submit posters, oral presentations, panels, and birds-of-a-feather sessions. This year's theme is Big Data and we invite presentations on any aspect of cyberinfrastructure including but not limited to networking, high performance computing, data movement, data management, archiving and curation, and research data lifecycle management.
Posters: Posters will be accepted and displayed during the Welcome Reception on May 29, 2013, starting at 6PM. They may remain up through the conference closing on May 31. Poster presenters should be available to answer questions about their posters during the Welcome Reception.
Presentations will be scheduled for May 30 and 31st. Oral presentations may be from 20 minutes to 45 minutes in length.
Graduate Student Networking Summit: Graduate students in networking are encouraged to submit oral presentations for this event.
Graduate Student High Performance Computing Summit: Graduate students in computer science, informatics, and other users of HPC resources are encouraged to submit oral presentations for this event.
Panels of multiple speakers to discuss a topic of interest are encouraged. We would like to invite panel discussions of collaborations among researchers, IT, and library science.
Birds of a Feather Sessions: These are relaxed opportunities to discuss a topic among interested parties. These BoF sessions are typically one hour in length and are facilitated by the submitter. In the past, BoFs have focused on HPC System Management, XSEDE Campus Champions, EPSCoR Collaboration, and more.
This year’s meeting is co-sponsored by the Greater Western Library Alliance, comprised of 33 leading research university libraries in 17 states, with a focus on resource sharing, digitization, and ensuring the preservation and access of scholarly research and data.
The GPN Annual Meeting relies on contributions from national and international speakers, contributing sponsors, and, most especially, the contributions of faculty, staff, and graduate students from member and non-member universities and cyberinfrastructure-related organizations.
This is an invitation to submit a presentation and/or poster NOW and/or to attend the pre-eminent meeting of CI professionals in the Midwest. Please visit http://www.dce.k-state.edu/conf/great-plains-network/presentations. Submissions will be accepted up until April 19.
Gregory E. Monaco, Ph.D.
Director for Research & Cyberinfrastructure InitiativesThe Great Plains Network
Teleconference: 877-366-0711 Participant Code: 57348838#
Please help us in welcoming the new OSHEAN President and CEO, David Marble
A Letter from the OSHEAN Board of Directors, Chair Susan Cerrone Abely:
I am pleased to announce that, after an extensive search, we have hired David Marble as the new President and CEO of OSHEAN.
David brings almost 30 years of experience in technology companies. He is experienced in operations planning, budget development and management as well as technical planning and project management.
Having worked with OSHEAN in the past as a business partner, David not only understands our mission, and our challenges, he also brings a keen perspective and innovative vision that will move us forward as we continue creating and expanding the cyber-infrastructure that is crucial to our region's growth.
Most recently, David was the co-founder and director of operations of the Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL). AAEEBL established affiliations and collaborations with nearly all worldwide ePortfolio initiatives and cultivated membership of over one hundred academic institutions. He is also the founding member of MetaLearning, the strategic consulting group working in the use of technology for advanced learning environments. From 2001- 2007, David was the Chief Operating Officer and VP of Business Development for TAZZ Networks.
A lifelong Rhode Islander, David is committed to growing OSHEAN's role as a strategic asset for the education and economic future of our region. Please join me in welcoming David to our team. Over the next several weeks, he will be reaching out to each of you individually and I know he is looking forward to a close working relationship that will maximize operational efficiencies while providing service innovation for all of our members.
Pacific Wave and Northern Wave High-Speed Peering To Connect Researchers in Asia and Europe
Today Pacific Wave and Northern Wave announced an agreement that will allow their participants to peer with each other. Northern Wave will now connect Pacific Wave (www.pacificwave.net) in Seattle to the StarLight International/National Communications Exchange Facility (www.startap.net/starlight) in Chicago. This relationship provides new opportunities for international research and education networks and university participants to exchange networking traffic at multi-Gigabit rates between the Pacific Rim, the US, and Europe. In addition, researchers and educators at any connecting institution along the Northern Wave path in Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana, and Washington will have access to participants on the Pacific Wave exchange.
Pacific Wave is state-of-the-art peering exchange facility that, for over 10 years, has connected research, scientific, and education institutions and networks throughout the Pacific Rim and the world, increasing network efficiency and throughput while reducing latency and costs. Pacific Wave is a joint project of the Corporation for Education and Network Initiatives in California (CENIC) and the Pacific Northwest GigaPoP (PNWGP) and is designed to enhance the efficiency of research and education network traffic across the west coast of the US and with partners around the Pacific Rim.
Northern Wave is a similar facility recently funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) via North Dakota State University (NDSU) and PNWGP to provide a new shared 10Gbps optical network connection between Seattle and Chicago for research and education institutions. The grant, part of NSF's Academic Research Infrastructure program, funded optical equipment to build the network along a fiber path provided by PNWGP and the BOREAS network (a collaboration among the Universities of Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin-Madison, and Iowa State University (www.boreas.net). "Northern Wave brings a significant new capacity to research and education networks through improved international communication facilities as well as the easy exchange of data for initiating collaborations with other institutions. This is especially important for the establishment of large competitive research centers. It will also provide connectivity to large computational and visualization platforms at remote locations," says Kalpana Katti, North Dakota State University Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering and NSF CAREER Award grantee.
"Connecting Northern Wave and Pacific Wave puts into place a new piece of the cyberinfrastructure necessary for complex interdisciplinary work on the cutting edge of science and technology," said Amy Philipson, Executive Director, PNWGP. "Together with the other advances that Pacific Wave offers its participants, such as 100G networking along the US west coast, dynamic circuits, support for Science DMZ-model research networks, and software-defined networking, we're delighted help facilitate the arrival of true 21st century networking.
" Northern Wave is supported by the National Science Foundation ARRA ARI Award No. 0963559.
Pacific Wave is supported by the National Science Foundation IRNC Award No. OCI-0962931.
StarLight receives support from the National Science Foundation, IRNC Award No. OCI-0962997 and ARRA ARI Award No. 0963095.
*About CENIC* California's education and research communities leverage their networking resources under CENIC, the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California, in order to obtain cost-effective, high-bandwidth networking to support their missions and answer the needs of their faculty, staff, and students. CENIC designs, implements, and operates CalREN, the California Research and Education Network, a high-bandwidth, high-capacity Internet network specially designed to meet the unique requirements of these communities, and to which the vast majority of the state's K-20 educational institutions are connected. In order to facilitate collaboration in education and research, CENIC also provides connectivity to non-California institutions and industry research organizations with which CENIC's Associate researchers and educators are engaged. For more information, visit www.cenic.org.
*About North Dakota State University (NDSU)* North Dakota State University is a student-focused, land-grant, research university --- an economic engine that educates students, conducts primary research, creates new knowledge and advances technology. The university provides affordable access to an excellent education at a top-ranked research institution that combines teaching and research in a rich learning environment, educating future leaders who will create solutions to national and global challenges that will shape a better world. For more information, please visit http://www.ndsu.edu/.
*About Pacific Northwest Gigapop (PNWGP)* The Pacific Northwest Gigapop is a nonprofit corporation serving research and education organizations throughout the Pacific Rim. They provide cost-effective, robust, reliable, high-bandwidth, and high-capacity networking to support the missions of these organizations and the needs of researchers, faculty, students, and staff. PNWGP designs, implements, and manages a multi-state high-bandwidth and high-capacity network specifically designed to meet unique requirements of research and education communities. For more information, please visit http://www.pnw-gigapop.net/.
*About StarLight* StarLight is the world's most advanced national and international communications exchange facility. StarLight provides advanced networking services and technologies that are optimized for high-performance, large-scale metro, regional, national and global applications. With funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), StarLight was designed and developed by researchers, for researchers. StarLight is managed by the Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL) at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the International Center for Advanced Internet Research (iCAIR) at Northwestern University, the Mathematics and Computer Science Division at Argonne National Laboratory, and Calit2 at University of California, San Diego, in partnership with Canada's CANARIE national networking organization and The Netherlands' SURFnet. (www.startap.net/starlight)
NSF-Supported Research Data Alliance/U.S. Collaborates with International Partners to Accelerate Data Sharing
11/08/2012 04:52 PM EST
The National Science Foundation today awarded a $2.5-million grant to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to enable its participation in a new international organization that will accelerate research data sharing among scientists around the globe.
The grant will be used to develop a Research Data Alliance (RDA) that will allow researchers the world over to collaboratively use scientific data to speed up innovation.
To date, more than 120 U.S. and international participants are helping conceptualize the organization and populate its first efforts. Along with scientific and data leaders from the United States, members from Australia and the European Union are part of the new alliance's organizational steering committee. U.S. participation will be led by Rensselaer Computer Science Professor Francine Berman.
"The Research Data Alliance addresses a world-wide need for efforts that accelerate data-driven innovation," Berman said. "The National Science Foundation, with U.S. and international partners, is expanding the global conversation on data-driven research. Community development of the RDA will contribute to the global infrastructure needed for new discovery and insights."
The international launch and first plenary of the RDA will be held in Gothenburg, Sweden, in March of 2013.
As an example of gains that can be expected from the RDA, Berman explained that researchers sharing open-access data sets about a particular disease would increase the pool of information, and therefore, the potential for insights that can only be gained at large scale.
She added that the coordination of economic data sets, geographic data sets and census data to create urban data sets can be used to make strategic predictions about programs and initiatives that can improve the quality of life in cities. "All of us use digital information every day to augment our lives in innovative ways," Berman said. "The goal of the Research Data Alliance is to help researchers work with a world of useful digital information more innovatively and at scale."
"RDA today is a timely, ambitious and practical advance in data sharing that is key to scientific collaboration, enabling discoveries to address needs of our global society," said Robert Chadduck, NSF program director for data and cyberinfrastructure, which funded the grant. "We are proud to join our global colleagues in supporting this initiative."
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