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2013 Internet2 Annual Meeting Delivers Big Impacts

May 13, 2013, by H. David Lambert
Tags: 100 gigabit Ethernet, bad_text, Collaboration, Events, Executive Insights, imported, Internet2 Annual Meetings, Middleware, Research & Education Networks, Trust & Identity

AM13BannerThe Internet2 community and staff have done it again. By all measures, this year’s Annual Meeting was a huge success. A record number of attendees displayed or witnessed how transformative research and education (R&E) technologies are making a “Big Impact” on our global society.  In case you want a second look at features and highpoints from the meeting, or to share them with your colleagues, please see the links below.  They are good examples of how people in the R&E community advance global discovery, together.

The meeting’s General Sessions were full of amazing examples of transformative technologies:

Click Here to see a video of the 2013 Annual Meeting Highlights

  • Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia, World Bank Information Communication Technology Policy Specialist Samia Melhem , and Jesuit Refugee Service's Peter Balleis SJ demonstrated how advanced technologies paired with new thinking can advance knowledge and peace by taking education to the margins.
    • Smithsonian Institution Secretary Wayne Clough, revealed the new plans of the Smithsonian's amazing effort to digitize and share its collection of 137 million treasures with scholars, researchers and students around the globe, leveraging the Internet2 advanced network. The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History also gave meeting attendees an outstanding opportunity to see global treasures first-hand at the meeting’s welcome reception.
    • Dr. Alexander E. (Sandy) MacDonald, Chief Science Advisor for the Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), shared advanced earth science and climate models that help NOAA study and predict our planet’s climate.
    • NOAA shared the Science On a Sphere®, a visualization of weather satellite “big data” compiled by climate and atmospheric scientists using advanced R&E networks like NOAA’s N-Wave – powered by Internet2. Dr. MacDonald invented the Sphere, now installed in more than 100 public venues around the world – designed to educate the public about our global society’s impacts on our planet. D.C.-based WUSA 9 provided coverage of the Sphere’s capabilities, as did Salt Lake City’s ABC4 at Internet2’s SC12 booth last year,

    The meeting’s track sessions covered new advanced technologies that provide big support for “big data” research: 100G Software Defined Networking (SDN);  transformative R&E cloud applications provided by the Internet2 NET+ Initiative; and middleware and identity solutions that enable the R&E community’s trusted collaboration.

    Attendees also heard news and updates on exciting R&E community initiatives:

    We hope you enjoyed this great event and were able to meet with colleagues and create new opportunities to spur innovation in the R&E community. We look forward to seeing you at the 2014 annual meeting in Denver April 6-10, 2014.  Please bring a colleague to join your peers when we meet again to accelerate global discovery!