BoF: Reaching Collaborators in Hard-to-Network Parts of the World
Time 10/14/03 08:30AM-10:00AM
Internet2-type networks continue to grow and interconnect from around the world, people, facilities, data repositories, making these research-related resources more accessible than ever before. However, what happens when some of these research and/or science resources are located in countries not well served by advanced research and education networks, or in some cases, in countries where dedicated networks may exist, but the facilities are remote (including in the U.S.) or even in places where there is no basic infrastructure that supports the development of research and education networks? During the last set of Internet member meetings, we've held Birds-of-a-Feather (BoFs) sessions on these issues. The goal of this BoF is to provide a forum for people engaged in projects that require access to remote resources and projects that are attempting to deploy network infrastructure in underserved and remote areas as well as people who may bring resources (funding, technical) to all of these efforts. The framework of this BoF includes brief presentations from people who would like to inform the group on projects they're engaged in or needs they have and continues with information exchange and discussion, possibly leading to the initiation of particular partnerships or projects addressing specific needs/infrastructure development/resource discovery.