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Building a Modern Research Network using a Public-Private Partnership – the New Zealand example (and a model for Africa?)

Douglas Harré
Research networks face the continual challenge of obtaining high end, flexible connectivity at a price level that is affordable for end users and those funding the network. The development of new cloud-based products and services allied with the rapidly growing demands for traffic pose major challenges for funding agencies. The original REANNZ network was procured from a commercial telecommunication provider using a standard request for proposals (RFP) process. REANNZ had to take what the vendor...

Distributed Computing Services on top of a Research and Education Network: GARR

Federico Ruggieri & Maria Laura Mantovani
Since the beginning of 2013 the Italian National Research and Education Network GARR has started a new Distributed Computing and Storage Department (DCSD). The new DCSD in the Italian NREN, follows the new mission of GARR that will not only provide very advanced Network services to the Research community, but also manage, consolidate and expand an Italian Distributed Computing and Storage Infrastructure based on Grid and Cloud. This paper provides state of the art information...

Using trust federations for Virtual Research Organizations at research centers in Mali and Uganda

Christopher Whalen
Research centers in low- to middle-income countries have historically been at a disadvantage participating in international collaborations, in many cases forced to depend on less reliable infrastructure and resources. Multiple foundations and governments sponsor and collaborate on research at these sites, and often these programs span many academic institutions as well. More than twenty years ago, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) established two centers for collaboration in Sub-Saharan Africa, in Mali...

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...

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...

CHAIN: Model for cooperation between European and non-European e- Infrastructures

Ludek Matyska
The EU CHAIN project (Coordination and Harmonization of Advanced e-INfrastructures) aims to elaborate a strategy and define the instruments to ensure coordination and interoperation of the European Grid Infrastructures with other external e-Infrastructures. In its first stage, the project aims to develop a coherent operational and organisational model. To guarantee an up to date and relevant information, a questionnaire has been prepared and distributed in April 2011 in all the regions relevant for the CHAIN...

AVU Multinational Project II: A collaborative approach to implementing an eLearning project in 21 countries

Bakary Diallo & Catherine Wangeci
The African Virtual University (AVU) www.avu.org is currently implementing its Multinational Project II across borders and language barriers in 21 countries and 27 universities. Funded by the African Development Bank, the new project builds on the success of a first phase that was implemented in 10 countries and 12 universities. The Multinational project II has the following activities: installation/ upgrading of open distance and eLearning centres; review/development and delivery of 3 ICT integrated programs, teacher...

Brazilian experience of connecting at 100 Mb/s and 1 Gb/s universities and research institutions in the interior of the country

Eduardo Grizendi, Nelson Simões Da Silva & Michael Stanton
The paper presents the Veredas Novas (New Paths) initiative of RNP, the Brazilian National Research and Education Network, to provide access to RNP’s national backbone network at 100 Mb/s and 1 Gb/s from university and research institutions campi in smaller cities throughout the country. The initiative is supported by the Ministries of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI), of Education (MEC) and of Communications (MC), and involves partnerships with public and private companies, taking advantage of...

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...

Hydroclimate Project for Lake Victoria Basin (HYVIC)

Fredrick Semazzi

EOSC and the Free Riders

Margareth Gfrerer & Solomon Mogus
Big Data, Open Science and Technology are the topics on the agenda of the European Commission (EC) on one side and on the other side, ministries, research funding organizations, universities and public research institutions together with university libraries are bringing complaints about the access to scientific publications and research data also to the EC. Against these facts the EC has taken on the responsibility to realize the idea of Open Science and to favour the...

Responding to the demands of big data scientific instruments through the development of an international software defined exchange point (SDX)

Julio Ibarra, Jeronimo Bezerra, Luis Fernandez Lopez, Heidi Morgan & Donald Cox
Science is being conducted in an era of information abundance. The rate at which science data is generated is increasing, both in volume and variety. This phenomenon is transforming how science is thought of and practiced. This transformation is being shaped by new scientific instruments that are being designed and deployed that will dramatically increase the need for large, real-time data transfers among scientists throughout the world. One such instrument is the Square Kilometer Array...

Executable Infrastructure for Regional Collaboration

Bruce Becker
E-Infrastructure has, over the years, proven its worth in enabling scientific collaboration, even at regional and global scales. The adoption of common platforms such as HPC, data management, etc has made sharing of scientific data, applications and research outputs more appealing and is accelerating scientific output, especially in regions where these were previously unavailable - particularly Africa, and areas of the Arab-speaking world. The CHAIN-REDS and ei4Africa projects have supported the development of the Africa-Arabia...

e-Infrastructure Acceptance in e-Health, e- Learning and e-Agriculture in Zimbabwe: The Quest for the User Acceptance Variable

Chrispen Chiome
One of the best ways to achieve global literacy is through communication, collaborative learning, research, and problem solving. Technology helps tremendously in these areas, so it is a great tool to use in this process. As e-infrastructures gain ground in many African countries and at the same time promises a new way of delivering health, education and agriculture. New technologies should be readily acceptable in order to deliver these essential services to the populace. However,...

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The NREN Business Model

Robert Janz
The need for National Research and Education Network (NREN) organisations might be well known within the academic and higher education community, beyond this inner circle a lot of missionary work needs to be done to convince government, telecom providers and even parts of the academic community it self of this necessity. Every country has its own particular regulations, politics and educational setting, making it impossible to provide a one fits all blue print for a...

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