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Leonardo Rodríguez López, Chief Executive Officer of RENATA, presents (in Spanish) how Colombia's National Research and Education Network offers its technological infrastructure for the development of the country. What is RENATA's role in managing advanced technology services for academia and government entities?
Exciting times ahead for the Eastern Mediterranean: the region is to benefit from the recent EUMEDCONNECT3 project extension and increased EC-funding share: Lebanon has already upgraded its international connectivity with Jordan and Palestine to follow suit.
Organised by the EaPConnect project, the 2nd Eastern Partnership E-infrastructure Conference, EaPEC 2017, will be hosted by UIIP NASB (BASNET) in Minsk, Belarus, on 27-28 September 2017. Policy makers, researchers, students and experts on networking and high performance computing for research and education from EaP countries and all over the world are welcome to register.
Proceedings of last year's networking conference, TNC16, are published. Nine papers, presented in parallel sessions during the 32nd edition of TNC were selected for the European Journal of Higher Education IT 2016-2, covering both research and practical approaches to some of the challenges faced by today's research and education networks.
Roland van Rijswijk-Deij (SURFnet and University of Twente) has been awarded the Applied Networking Research Prize by the IRTF (Internet Research Task Force). He investigated the use of elliptic curve cryptography (ECC) in combination with DNSSEC. ECC is a type of public-key encryption based on elliptic curves. ECC offers more protection, but places a greater burden on hardware.
During SC16, SURF allowed people to experience network function virtualisation in a virtual reality environment. Together with the University of Amsterdam, University of Groningen and the Netherlands eScience Center, SURF exhibited ambitious Dutch developments in the field of networking, high-performance computing and visualization. Read the blog about the demo.
Over the past year, GÉANT has conducted a joint pan-European tender for Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) offerings: a collective invitation to providers, to submit a bid to supply their IaaS solutions to research and education institutions across Europe. The tender for 36 countries attracted strong interest, and a total of more than 20 providers, including Microsoft and Amazon resellers, qualified for contracts.
SURFnet asked Dutch educational institutions which services and applications they use to support their educational activities. This provided insight into how institutions design their digital learning environment in anno 2016. Institutions were also asked about their future plans.
Many institutions are keen to make their teaching more innovative. This requires lecturers to have good ICT skills. In this discussion paper, researchers Ineke Lam and Riekje de Jong from Utrecht University make 7 recommendations as to how colleges of higher education and universities can improve the ICT skills of their lecturers.
The next GÉANT Community Awards will be presented during the opening plenary session of the 2017 networking conference, TNC17, in Linz, Austria, on 30 May 2017. Nominations for this award are now open! The deadline for nominations is midnight CET on Thursday 2 March 2017.