Report on the NATO Advanced Workshop
"Research Networking in Central and Eastern Europe"
Budapest, Hungary - 20/21 October 1993
Peter Bakonyi Ph. D
Budapest Workshop Director
Hungarnet - Executive President
RARE - Member of the Executive Committee
- Hungarian National Committee for Technological Development
- RARE - Association of Networking Organizations for Research in Europe
- HUNGARNET - Hungarian Academic and Network Association
- Supported by: - NATO
Role, benefits and services of research networks
- - Support research and development activities
- - Testbed for new technologies
- - Drive towards better commercial services
- - Impact on IT development on national scale.
- - Access to information
- - Access to remote services
- - Speed of interaction with remote partiers
- - Cooperative working within large distributed group
- - Sharing of expensive resources
Objective of the Workshop
- to bring together, for the first time at an international level, policy makers, Research Network service providers and funding bodies.
- to create a coherent set of policies for the management and implementation for CEE countries by drawing on the experience of those who have already faced the need to solve these issues.
- Workshop should assist in implementing a sound Research Network strategy
- based on the needs of CEE countries and experience gained elsewhere
- starting jount is the present situation but taken into account expected changes, future trends
Short summary of the event
Erno Pungor -- Minister w. p. Hungary
Jean-Marie Cadiou -- Assistant Secretary General - NATO
Kees Neggers -- President - RARE
Barry O'Shea -- Head of CEC DG XIII:-C2.
- From 21 countries, 7 international organizations (CEC, NATO, RARE, NORDUNET, EARN, UNESCO, Internet)
- No. of participants : 70
- Ministerial level: Bulgaria, Czech Rep., Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Rumania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovania and Ukraine.
- Top level networking experts from all over the world.
Key Program points:
- Networking situation in the world and in the participating countries
- Vint Cerf president of Internet Soc. global situation in networking
- Larry Landroeber and Tomaz Kalin (the US and European scene)
- Presentation Country by country (CEE countries and supporting countries like Austria, Germany)
- Funding situation in Eurore
- NATO - outrich program - (J.P. Nadreau)
- PHARE - activities - (A. Gribben - CEC DG - I)
- UNESCO - programme for informatics - (Rene Cluzel - Intergov. Inform. Programme)
- Discussion of the policy paper prepared for the workshop by the Programme Committee Identified key issuess for future development of networking:
- Why is R&D Networking important
- Organizational issues
- Future Networking developments
- Financial aspects
Important statesments by the workshop:
- networking is a national strategie issue
- success requires political commitment
- funding needs to come from government (infrastructure)
- research networking is on the leading edge with a strong interaction with the national economic development
- stronger cooperation with industry and other fields is important
Concrete action plan:
- increase involvement of CEE countries in Pan European networking organizations: RARE, DANTE, RIPE, .....
- elaborate project proposals presented to the workshop in details and submit to funding bodies.
- plan training seminars.
- arrange on job training fellowship.
- prepare for the translation of the available materials into local languages.
- set up connectivity planning groups for CEE countries.
- short and longer term planning of network integration.
- coherent interaction with funding agencies.
Follow - up activities
- Project proposals:
- OKO project - NATO directory data base - 11 countries- institutions in the field of telecommunication and informatics
- PHARE project -CEC 4mECU- for CEE countries for integration to European networks
Connectivity planning group:
- Advanced workshop for R&D network operators. (Prague - Jun. 1994.) NATO
Advanced Networking Workshop in Moscow - Sept. - 1994 Purpose:
- RARE umbrella
- CEENet - a non legal Association specially established for coordinating network integration in the CEE region
- shared vision to present to potential supporters
- identify avenues for further cooperation.
- organisational framework for networking in Russia
- identify funding parties pontetials.
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