The news service by and for the Research and Education Networking Community in Europe
We have opened up the second round of our Call for Participation. We welcome poster ideas and lightning talks in this second round, which runs until 15 April, midnight CEST. You can view how to submit your ideas on the TNC16 submissions page. TNC16 will be held in Prague, from 12-16 June and will be hosted by CESNET.
GÉANT and the European Space Agency (ESA) have finalised an agreement to distribute data from Copernicus, the EU earth observation and monitoring program, to research and education users worldwide. Copernicus collects vast amounts of global data from satellites and other systems which it stores, analyses and distributes for a wide range of applications including environment protection, agriculture, health, transport, climate change, sustainable development and emergency response and crisis management in the case of natural disasters.
DFN, the German National Research and Education Network (NREN), will connect the Copernicus data centre gateway in Frankfurt via a 10Gbps (gigabits per second) link to the pan-European GÉANT network that together with Europe’s NRENs and e-infrastructure partners connects over 50 million users and is helping to keep Europe at the heart of scientific excellence.
SURFnet wants to give more people in education and research the chance to become acquainted with the Internet of Things, for example by supporting institutions that want to experiment with the LoRaWAN infrastructure: (low-power) long-range network that facilitates Internet of Things applications. SURFnet is also working on LoRaWAN sensors for monitoring the 'eduroam' Wi-Fi network, and is developing an application for strong authentication.
The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), which recently announced the historic detection of gravitational waves, has been working as part of the REFEDS (Research and Education Federations) community for many years. A new REFEDS blog explains that, although LIGO has recognised the benefits of federated identity management for its diverse groups of users worldwide, LIGO is not able to use federations to support its scientific collaborations because universities are reluctant to release basic user data. REFEDS offers a guide to help education institutions understand how to release data in a way that easily manages risk and decision making processes.
We have received a number of nominations for the 2016 research and education networking Community Award, but more submissions are welcome still. This is a reminder to submit your nomination(s) for community members who have made outstanding contributions to collaborative work and the development of services and technologies by sharing their ideas, expertise and time with the community. Submissions can be made until 31 March, midnight CEST.
There is one week left to register for this year's networking conference, TNC16, for the discounted early-bird participation fee. Phase two of the call for participation is also open, and runs until 15 April, midnight CEST. TNC16 will be held in Prague, from 12-16 June and will be hosted by CESNET.
The SURFnet network has been in continuous development since SURFnet was founded in 1988. The infographic illustrates several major developments that took place between 2000 and 2015. Achievements in this period include the establishment of a fibre-optic network with international connections, and efforts to realise a flexible network topology.
On June 8-10 the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece) will host the EUNIS Congress 2016: "Crossroads where the past meets the future".
This congress presents an opportunity for sharing of experience amongst international specialists, users, researchers, decision-makers, and teaching staff from across Europe. The event provides an ideal forum to present and publish the latest results of research, development, and deployment of Information Technology in higher education institutions.
The deadline for the Call for Papers is 29 February and submissions are invited under one of the five tracks below:
- Leadership & Management
- ICT Infrastructure & Security
- Teaching & Learning
- Software Development
- OpenX & Interoperability
Lebanon has recently joined the international research and education networking community with a link from the American University of Beirut (AUB) to the ASREN point of presence in London, from where it interconnects with GÉANT.
AUB is also in discussion with 10 other academic and research institutions across the country to formally establish an NREN in Lebanon (LERN). Value-added services, such as eduroam and eduGAIN, deliver key arguments in the benefit debate around LERN and have secured a critical mass of support.
Digitisation projects are making large amounts of data available to the public online. SWITCHengines is enabling the University Library Bern to build a long-term archive. It has become clear that libraries face further tasks after a digitisation project is complete in order to ensure that the data remain accessible over the long term. The Project Manager tells us all about it.