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Peering Policy

Article of Association

Overview of Fibre Infrastructure Opportunities in the UbuntuNet Region

Adam Lishan & Francis Tusubira

UbuntuNet Alliance Annual Report 2012

A change in University Lecturers’ Perception of E-learning tools for Instructional Delivery at Midlands State University: From techno-phobic to technology savvies

Lockias Chitanana
Midlands State University (MSU) has witnessed an about turn in lecturers’ perceptions and beliefs about technology from being negative to positive enthusiastic users of technology. Using the case of MSU this paper reports interplay of factors that have resulted in lecturers’ buy-in in the use of e-learning as a mode of instructional delivery. The study employed Actor Network Theory (ANT) as both a methodological and analytical framework to trace the trajectory of the e-learning programme...

Build vs. Buy: The NREN Network Connectivity Dilemma: About Building Research & Education Fibre Networks

Brian Savory
National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) typically have the need for interconnecting multiple universities and for off-campus access to connect to telecommunications submarine landing points for the purpose of connecting to other NREN networks such as GÉANT and Internet2 and for access to wholesale commodity internet service providers. As universities and researchers drive the speed requirements for access networks above 1GigE to 10GigE and beyond, NRENs are faced with the decision leasing multiple high bandwidth...

e-Learning Using Wireless Ad-Hoc Networks to Support Teaching and Learning in Rural Zambia

Nchimunya Chaamwe & Langstone Shumba
Zambia is faced with a widening gap in the provision of education between urban and rural areas. E-Learning also known as online learning maybe the solution to the learning and teaching challenges experienced in rural Zambia. These challenges include among many others, the lack of qualified teachers and ICT infrastructure to provide interactive learning. Although rural areas in Zambia are lagging behind in terms of ICT infrastructure as compared to urban,our research showed that the...

Memorandum of Understanding between Internet2 and UbuntuNet Alliance

Douglas Van Houweling & Francis Tusubira

Developing Effective Public Awareness Communication Strategy to Stimulate the Role of NRENs in Intra- African Collaboration Strategies

George Kinyera-Apuke
We explain developing effective public awareness communication strategy will help to stimulate the role of NRENs s well as the regional RENs to spur the current and projected intra- African collaboration strategies for enhanced research and education outputs. The main objectives are to: review the role or benefits of public awareness communication strategy in promoting intra-regional networking for enhanced research, education, and public outreach services; discuss the social responsibility of the media (press) to crate...

Research Metrics: Does it matter in the African scholarship and collaboration?

Joseph Kavulya
Review of literature reveals that Africa’s contribution to global knowledge and innovations is still rated at low. Scholarly communication in the region is bedeviled by among others, poor discovery and access to local scientific information, low publishing levels, and low funding and collaboration in research enterprise. Scientists in the region are at pains on to remedy situation. One development that is steadily gaining popularity globally is use research metrics to evaluate research productivity, visibility, collaboration...

Governance model for Educational Roaming (eduroam) in African research institutions

Llyod Ssentego
Educational Roaming, “eduroam” is a globally accessible, secure wireless service for members of participating universities and research institutions. eduroam is a widely used example of a technology that uses trust and identity federations to share essential tools for collaboration and research by enabling visiting partners to use the Internet at trusting institutions. Identity is a key service provided by eduroam service, and use of the service is limited to active users from collaborating institutions and...

ICANN: Securing the DNS and the KSK rollover

Yaovi Atohoun

Evaluation of the Increase of the Surface of Arid, Semi-arid Regions and the Decrease of Wet Lands in connection with Climate Change: Case study of West Africa during the last Century

David Monkam
By applying the cluster analysis (CA) method on the observation dataset produced by the climate Research Unit (CRU) for the base period 1901-1940, four regions spread in five areas are detected in West Africa. This CA method that has been applied to geophysical research during these two last decades is among the methods more frequently used for the rainfall classification. Clusters have been defined as relative constellations of contiguous points in space. For the four...

Developing the National Research Index for Information Sharing Model

Nora Mulira
At the last UbuntuNet–Council of Members meeting (Kigali, 21-23rd April 2010) it was recognised that UbuntuNet alliance has progressed faster in achieving R&E objectives compared to the majority of member NRENs. Notable achievements include gateway access to global R&E networks like GEANT and DANTE, IP addressing of NRENS and the realization of increasingly affordable bandwidth with typical prices at USD 500 per Mbps, among member institutions. The challenge is how to accelerate progress to a...

Widening the number of e-Infrastructure users with Science Gateways and Identity Federations

Valeria Ardizzone, Roberto Barbera, Riccardo Bruno, Antonio Calanducci, Marco Fargetta, Elisa Ingrà, Giuseppe La Rocca, Fabrizio Pistagna, Rita Ricceri, Riccardo Rotondo & Diego Scardaci
Grid infrastructures are being built in several areas of the world but, despite the huge investments made by the European Commission and by other funding agencies, both at national and international level, the total number of users is in the order of magnitude O(104), much less than O(107) which is the order of magnitude of the number of users of the international research and education networks (e. g., GÉANT in Europe) that have been funded...

Expanding E-Learning Initiatives in Malawi

Charlie Maere
As the demand for nurses and midwives increases in Malawi, Kamuzu College of Nursing (KCN) (The University of Malawi School of Nursing) is committed to respond to this need by increasing student in-take. It has also diversified into several research MSc Programmes. KCN has two campuses 400 km apart and also provides leadership at curriculum level to a variety of nursing colleges across the country . However, to achieve this broad mandate, there was a...

Support to Emerging NRENs

Cathrin Stöver
The UbuntuNet Alliance and the AfricaConnect project have led to the creation of various NRENs in Southern and Eastern Africa. Success stories of newly created NRENs can be found, for example, in Zambia or Uganda. But there are still various countries in the region that have not yet created an NREN or an NREN-like organisation and many more where the NREN continues in an embryonic state without the necessary national or international data communications capacity...

MAGIC: A collaboration project to globally connect researchers and academics

Leandro Marcos De Oliveira Guimarães & María José López
Building on the success of the ELCIRA project, RedCLARA - with partners from Latin America, Europe, the Caribbean, West and Central Africa, Eastern and Southern Africa, North Africa and the Middle East, Central Asia and Asia-Pacific is leading MAGIC (Middleware for collaborative Applications and Global vIrtual Communities), a cooperation project that aims to significantly improve the ability of researchers and academics around the world to collaborate together. MAGIC might be the first really global collaborative...

The Case for Digital Spaces at Daeyang University

Chifundo Chilivumbo
Daeyang University is a new University having opened its doors in 2010 as a Nursing College and has since expanded to include ICT(2014) and Medical Colleges(2015). Like any institution of higher learning it would like to increase its visibility and its prestige by disseminating its research findings and scholarly works in various areas of the individual colleges’ interest. This can best be done in this digital publishing age by creating an institutional repository. This would...

Africa IETF initiative: The Role for NRENs

Kevin Chege
Background: The Internet allows for ubiquitous communication globally thanks to the design, implementation and use of Open Standards. It allows us to communicate with anyone in the world using standards such as SMTP, DNS, BGP, HTTP among others. The key organization for Internet Standards development is the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) which meets 3 times a year and does majority of the work via mailing lists categorized under different Working Groups each tasked to...

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