Federation of American Research Networks (FARNET) in 1997

Colin Steele colin.steele@anu.edu.au
Mon, 21 Oct 1996 08:33:56 +1000


For information.


>Date: Fri, 18 Oct 1996 15:28:50 -0400 (EDT)
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>Dear CNI-Announce subscribers:
>I am pleased to attached a statement of direction for 1997 just issued
>by the Federation of American Research Networks (FARNET), one of CNI's
>most strategic partners.  Our partnership first flowered in our work
>together on the "51 Reasons to Build the NII" project, the results of
>which can still be accessed via CNI's Web and other servers.  Over the
>last couple of years we've worked together on a number of workshops
>and other events that brought together both "conduit" and "content"
>experts from as many corners of the research and education community
>as we could reach to focus on matters of shared concern.  I applaud
>the attached statement, and eagerly look forward to our continuing
>Paul Evan Peters                                           paul@cni.org
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>Washington, DC --  FARNET (The Federation of American Research Networks)
>announced today that it plans to focus on a broad range of initiatives in
>1997 to facilitate the transfer of next-generation Internet technologies,
>applications and services to the research, education and related non-profit
>communities.  FARNET will build on its efforts of the past year that
>included a highly successful workshop for the higher education community
>held in August in Colorado Springs. That workshop, along with a previous
>meeting in April co sponsored by FARNET, laid much of the groundwork for
>the development of "Internet II" -- a proposal released by 34 universities
>last week that aims to bring the next generation of networking to the
>nation's top research universities.
>"As we push the envelope of networking technology, it is important that we
>broadly share what we learn from the leading edge.  FARNET's focus for 1997
>is right on target," said George Strawn, Division Director for Networking
>and Communications Research and Infrastructure at the National Science
>Foundation. In 1996, FARNET helped catalyze the higher education
>community's efforts to push forward that leading edge.  In 1997, FARNET
>will turn its attention to ensuring that the broader research and education
>and related communities, including K-12, libraries, colleges and
>universities realize the full potential of evolving Internet technologies.
>In addition, said Jim Williams, FARNET's Executive Director, "We need to
>find solutions which are both financially sustainable and responsive
>throughout the research and education community, and it is to this goal
>that FARNET intends to turn its attention."
>FARNET will pursue this agenda in 1997 by holding a series of workshops and
>strategy sessions bringing together the broad research and education
>community in both regional meetings and a nationally focused meeting in
>Washington, DC in April of 1997.  "One of the many keys to this initiative
>is broad participation from within the Internet community," said Dr. E.
>Michael Staman, FARNET's President and President of CICNet, "and we are
>very interested in exploring ways in which leaders of other educational
>organizations, professional societies and the like can work with us to
>insure the greatest success possible."  Among the organizations that will
>participate is the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI).  Paul Peters,
>Executive Director of CNI, explained, "FARNET and CNI share a commitment to
>a global information infrastructure that serves all of the sectors and
>addresses all of the needs of the research and education community. It's a
>big job, one that's tailor made for the sort of strong partnership that we
>already have and which I look forward to expanding in the coming year."
>FARNET has already begun an NSF-funded project to develop a database of
>networking initiatives for the delivery of educational, government and
>other public services at the state and local levels.  This resource is
>being developed to aid policy makers at the state and local level in their
>information infrastructure planning.
>FARNET is a not-for-profit membership organization established in 1986 by
>state and regional networks involved in the development of the NSFNet.  The
>membership of FARNET also includes commercial Internet service providers,
>network service providers, and local and long-distance telecommunications
>companies.  The mission of FARNET is national advocacy for Internetworking
>with a primary focus on the education, research and related communities.
>FARNET is an executive forum for the exchange of information about the
>Internet and its applications and services, and acts as a catalyst for the
>transfer of leading-edge information infrastructure technology.  More
>information about FARNET can be found at http://www.farnet.org
>                                       ####

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Colin Steele
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