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Registration is open for the eighth Network Performing Arts Production (NPAP) workshop, which will be held on 4-6 May 2015 in London, UK. The workshop's programme is more advanced than previous events in the series and will build on the basic knowledge and skills acquired there or by using the learning materials. The NPAP workshops facilitate outreach to new user communities in the arts and humanities areas, particularly by demonstrating the use of research networks in supporting real-time musical, dance and other artistic performances. Participants learn about and use cutting-edge distance-education technology and explore new ways of incorporating audio and visual technology in performances.
At the SuperComputing conference in New Orleans, we’ll be demonstrating how an institution – the University of Amsterdam (UvA) – can set up a light path and spin up a virtual machine within that light path in a single step and with no intervention whatsoever. Read our blog about the demo.
The President of the Republic of Slovenia decorated ARNES with the Order of merit for development and research in the field of introducing new information and communications technologies in Slovenia. The decoration was bestowed on 17 November 2014.
On Wednesday, 12 November 2014, the first ARNES free mass online course on safe Internet use was launched. The course consists of short videos, interesting materials and quizzes and is intended both for Internet user beginners and for those who are already familiar with safe Internet use. A three-week course allows particiants to choose their own weekly load and they receive a Smart Internet User badge upon completion of the course.
eduroam – the worldwide single sign-on secure network which provides Wi-Fi connectivity access for education and research – reached more than 600,000 internet-enabled devices in the UK last month.
During October a total of 608,131 devices were successfully authenticated using the eduroam national infrastructure, which is managed through the Janet network provided by Jisc. This is in comparison to 487,437 devices in the previous month, and is almost double the amount year-on-year (337,109 in October 2013).
Over the last three years an exponential increase in the number of devices counted roaming between member organisations has resulted in this milestone being reached. It is a measure of just how many students, teachers and researchers are benefitting by being able to connect to eduroam networks away from their home organisations when travelling.
The GÉANT Association has demonstrated its engagement in pushing forward open education (OE) standards and services by sending a positioning paper to the European Commission (EC) in which it proposes to develop a pilot European Open Educational Resource (OER) portal service. In the paper, the GÉANT Association also offers its knowledge and expertise to progress the objectives of the EC’s open education policy. The paper has been prepared by the GÉANT Association's member NRENs (National Research and Education Networks) and was approved by the NREN Policy Committee and the General Assembly of the association.
A group of Security administrators from Caribbean tertiary institutions met recently by video conference to discuss the security issues, challenges, lessons learned and possible solutions affecting students and staff at their respective institutions. Student’s views, issues affecting women, large and smaller campus views were all discussed. The group agreed to continue their dialogue to share and support each other. Spearheaded by the Jamaica Research and Education Network (JREN), other Caribbean NRENs also took part, using the Regional network, C@ribNET.
Image Caption: L-R: Captain Robert Finzi-Smith, Director of Safety & Security, The University of Technology, Jamaica, ACP Keith Gardner, Director of Security, The University of The West Indies, Mona, and Dr. Jeanette Bartley-Bryan, Associate Vice-President, Distance Learning, The University of Technology, Jamaica & Deputy Chair, the Jamaica Research & Education Network (JREN)
Leading network operators around the world announced that they have implemented a package of recommended measures that help improve the security and resilience of the global Internet. The network operators developed a tightly defined set of concrete actions to improve the global Internet routing system. The recommendations, called Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security (MANRS) recognize the interdependent nature of the global routing system and integrate best current practices related to routing security and resilience. More network operators from across the globe are encouraged to sign onto the movement and participate by visiting the website and completing the form.
This best practice describes how the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) has separated its network logically into a network for research and one for healthcare. This project was carried out as a part of the Campus Challenge project organised by SURFnet and SIDN.
SURFnet and SIDN are using the Challenge to encourage institutions to improve the ICT infrastructure at their campus so that users can make optimum use of the innovations of the SURFnet network as recently implemented during the GigaPort3 project. The winners of the Campus Challenge have created best practices for the rest of the educational and research institutions in the Netherlands, and are inspiring them to do the same.
Two years ago five proposals have won prizes in the Campus Challenge competition. The five winners received between EUR 275,000 and EUR 500,000 from SURFnet and SIDN (the company behind .nl) in order to make their proposal reality. The winners will themselves contribute at least the same amount. A total of EUR 2.1 million of prize money is available.
It has been a very busy period in the domain of computer security. With "shellshock", "heartbleed" and NTP monlink adding to the background of open DNS resolvers, port 445 viral nasties, SYN attacks and other forms of vulnerability exploits, it's getting very hard to see the forest for the trees. We are spending large amounts of resources in reacting to various vulnerabilities and attempting to mitigate individual network attacks, but are we making overall progress? What activities would constitute "progress" anyway?