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Get ready for some exciting Middleware sessions at Internet2 Spring Member Meeting, on topics such as Authorization and Intelligent Design and Leveraging Cloud Services and Social Identities for Researchers: Solutions, Distractions, or Dangers? In addition to the track sessions, the working group sessions and side meetings will provide a chance to provide input and/or get involved in several ongoing projects.
Participants at the Spring 2011 Internet2 Member Meeting will have plenty of opportunities to learn the latest about U.S. UCAN. "Discover U.S. UCAN," on Monday, April 18, will provide a brief overview and discussion. A BoF group will hear about the latest work of U.S. UCAN's Task Force on Community Anchor Network Economic Models on April 19, and a BTOP Awardees Workshop on April 20 will address the importance of sharing best practices and identifying challenges.
Focus on Federation tracks include two InCommon Forums (technical and policy), an update on the refined Bronze and Silver assurance profiles, a road map on federating with NSF, and a number of other topics. See all of the Focus on Federation and Middleware track sessions at the Spring Member Meeting website.
Additionally, you can hear the latest on the InCommon Certificate Service, which provides unlimited SSL, EV, client and code signing certificates for higher ed. A Member Meeting session on April 19, 3 p.m., will be netcast and open to all.
The Internet2 Security Area will be holding several sessions at the upcoming Internet2 Spring Member Meeting, including DNS Security (DNSSEC) and Disaster Planning and Recovery BoFs Also featured will be sessions on IPv6 security, Physical Security of Advanced Network and Systems Infrastructure, as well as an update on Internet2 security activities. Details on these, and other security-related sessions, are available online.
Internet2 is pleased to announce Steve Wolff as Interim Vice President and CTO. Wolff, widely considered as one of the original architects of the Internet, will be responsible for developing a strategic technical roadmap for Internet2, to ensure the R&E community is positioned as the focal point for network technology innovation and development. Wolff will also have primary responsibility for building a portfolio of services that significantly enhance Internet2 member institutions leading edge research efforts.
The Agenda for the upcoming Summer 2011 ESCC/Internet2 Joint Techs, hosted by the University of Alaska-Fairbanks (July 10-14) also includes 4 tutorials, 2 hands-on workshops, 6 BoFs, and 3 Working Group Meetings. Plan to come early and participate in the free tutorials on Sunday!
The Internet2 Commons now offers a complete cloud-based visual communications portfolio to provide "better than being there" remote collaboration for the research and education community. Join Internet2 Commons Manager, Ben Fineman, April 7, 2011, at 3 p.m. EST, to learn more about immersive telepresence, adding interoperability to traditional videoconferencing endpoints, and the new infrastructure and associated capabilities available through Internet2. Also learn about pricing for the new services and special discount opportunities for early adopters. Webinar attendees will gain knowledge of practical, turnkey visual communications and remote collaboration technologies, successful implementation strategies to drive adoption, and how to start leveraging the benefits of immersive visual communications. To register, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and include your name, title, organization, direct telephone number and email address.
Registration and lodging information for the upcoming Summer 2011 ESCC/Internet2 Joint Techs, hosted by the University of Alaska-Fairbanks (July 10-14) is posted, along with a pdf version of the agenda. Note: the campus room block closes on Wednesday, June 8, a full month before the event!
Ciena and Internet2 have announced a partnership on a 100G national network in support of the U.S. Unified Community Anchor Network (U.S. UCAN) project. Internet2 is significantly upgrading its national backbone network through a federal stimulus grant from the NTIA. Through its partnership with Ciena, Internet2 will increase its network’s bandwidth from approximately 100 Gigabits per second to 8.8 Terabits per second to provide the necessary capabilities to connect over 200,000 community anchor institutions nationwide as part of the U.S. UCAN project. The new network will also support the exponential growth in capacity needs by the research and the higher education community that Internet2 serves today.
Congratulations to the Megaconference Jr. planning team for pulling off another great event this year! Megaconference Jr., now in its 8th year, is an international program designed to give K-12 students from around the world the opportunity to collaborate and contribute to each other's learning in real time, using advanced multi-point videoconferencing. Megaconference Jr. addresses local and national curriculum standards in multiple subject areas. It also helps students and teachers develop the capacity to effectively utilize high-speed networks, videoconferencing and other emerging technologies to enhance learning experiences. The Internet2 community are involved in providing high-speed connectivity, videoconferencing facilities, technical support and other services to the K-12 participants.
The U.S. UCAN project has announced the membership of the recently formed Task Force on Community Anchor Network Economic Models. Including representatives from community anchor institution sectors as well as regional and state research and education networks, the Task Force is responsible for developing sustainable economic and business models to connect public libraries, schools, community colleges, public safety, healthcare and other community anchor institutions with advanced broadband capabilities.
Anchor innovator, Tom Rolfes, Education Information Technology Manager at Network Nebraska, is a tireless advocate for facilitating high-bandwidth networking at community anchor institutions in Nebraska. He works on statewide technology funding, technology policy and infrastructure development for K-12 and higher education, public and private, encouraging K-12 and higher education to work together to develop shared technology services and to make sure that communities' networking needs are met. What is he passionate about? Encouraging additional community anchor institutions such as public libraries, museums and science centers to join Network Nebraska, collaborate and share their digital and real-time content with K-20 education. The biggest challenge? Getting Network Nebraska participants to "think big" with respect to future applications and uses of the statewide network.
Anchor innovator, Kemi Jona, is excited about the promise of Northwestern University's Office of STEM Education Partnerships remote online labs cyberlearning tool, ilabcentral.org. Remote labs allow students to use real experimental equipment located around the world via their web browser. Students who use ilabcentral from home do more trials and have better experimental design than students who use it in class. That's what studies of 1000 students around the country have shown so far, along with some really impressive learning gains. This project shows the power of technology to really transform how, where, and when learning happens. But more online labs need to be built. That's the biggest challenge now.
Registration for the Spring Member Meeting is open! As you begin to make your travel arrangements, we want to make sure you are aware of some significant changes to the traditional meeting schedule. Among the changes, Governance meetings will be moved from Monday to Wednesday, track sessions will be held Monday through Wednesday, and the Welcome Reception will move from Monday to Tuesday night. Full details concerning these changes are available at the meeting website.
The call for nominations for the 2011 Richard Rose Award is now open. The annual award recognizes outstanding individual efforts aimed at extending the benefits of advanced networking to the broadest education community. The award will be presented at the Internet2 Spring 2011 Member Meeting in April. Nominations will be accepted until March 15, 2011. For nomination details and more information, please visit internet2.edu/rose.
Want solutions for better provisioning, access management and other identity-related problems? Interested in working with identity leaders to help design the next-generation architecture? Register now for the Advance CAMP: Identity Services Summit III, May 25-27, 2011, in Westminster, Colorado. Come early and attend Jasig's Spotlight on Open Source conference, held just prior to Advance CAMP at the same location. Advance CAMP is sponsored by the InCommon Federation in cooperation with Internet2, Jasig and the Kuali Foundation.
Mark Johnson has been appointed as Interim Executive Director of the United States Unified Community Anchor Network (U.S. UCAN) project. Johnson brings to the role over 25 years of leadership experience in the management, engineering and operations of Internet technologies. Mark is on short-term assignment from North Carolina's research and education network, MCNC, and will be responsible for strategic business planning as well as community building and engagement for U.S. UCAN.
The New World Symphony’s new campus is at the intersection of music, architecture, education, technology, and new media. On Wednesday, January 26, the new campus will be the focus of a panel discussion on the planning and architecture of arts facilities. Preceding the panel discussion will be an in-depth interview with Frank Gehry about his designs and philosophy on designing such spaces.The Internet2 community is invited to view the netcast of this exciting event.
The Internet2 Governance & Nominations Committee is pleased to announce the Call for Nominations for the 2011 Advisory Councils election is now open. All nominations must be received by COB Pacific time on Monday, 7 February 2011. To obtain additional information and to access the link to the nominations form, please visit www.internet2.edu/elections
The Call for Participation for the Spring 2011 Internet2 Member Meeting, April 18-20 in Arlington, Virginia, is open! This call invites submissions for Track Session Proposals, Side Meetings, Posters and Sponsors. Deadlines are fast approaching, so submit your proposal soon!