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Internet2 Announces Strategic Content and Distribution Initiative with Smithsonian

Posted on Apr 23, 2013 by Iljun Kim
Tags: Digital Content for Research & Education, Internet2 Annual Meetings, Leadership, Partnerships, Research

Smithsonian's Secretary Clough discusses new avenues for digital content and programming at Internet2 Annual Meeting

WASHINGTON, D.C.—April 23, 2013—Internet2, the nation’s premier advanced technology community for research and education, today announced a major collaboration with the Smithsonian at the 2013 Internet2 annual meeting. Internet2 President and CEO H. David Lambert made the announcement to more than 800 technology, research and education leaders from around the world.

"Internet2 works with numerous institutions to enable schools and community anchor institutions to benefit from advanced networking, applications and digital content," said Lambert, president and chief executive officer of Internet2. "Through this initiative, Smithsonian staff and researchers will share historical and cultural collections, access remote instruments, and promote interactivity with professors, researchers, teachers and libraries, creating a terrific opportunity for our institutions to forge a closer relationship with the Smithsonian."

"Internet2's annual meeting theme of Transforming Global Research and Education is fitting for the Smithsonian since we have been dedicated to scientific research and informal education since our founding," said Smithsonian Secretary Wayne Clough. "In addition, broadening access has been a goal for the Smithsonian for the past several years as we strive to digitize our collection and make our expertise and programs more widely available through the public internet."

With approximately 137 million objects in its collection, more than 2,000 learning resources tied to state standards and available online for free, 19 museums, nine research facilities, 20 libraries and the National Zoological Park, the Smithsonian is, more than ever, dependent on computing power and technology to accomplish its mission, and now with Internet2 we can bring it all together and reach researchers at universities all over the world, added Clough.

In addition to content sharing, other collaborations being discussed between the Smithsonian and Internet2 include a live demonstration or "theater" center at the Smithsonian that could showcase Internet2's audio and videoconferencing technology to live and Internet2-connected audiences.

There are 66,000 anchor institutions linked to Internet2 by regional partnerships, and more than 400 research universities, non-profit organizations, corporations and 100 international partners.

Shelton Waggener, senior vice president of Internet2, and Chris Liedel, president of Smithsonian Enterprises, lead the collaboration between the two organizations. Smithsonian Enterprises includes HD video content, the Smithsonian Channel, Smithsonian magazine, Air & Space magazine, and several mobile apps.

The Internet2 Annual Conference runs from Sunday, April 21 to Wednesday, April 24 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA. For the latest annual meeting details, schedule and streaming video, go to

About Internet2 •

Internet2 is a member-owned advanced technology community founded by the nation's leading higher education institutions in 1996. Internet2 provides a collaborative environment for U.S. research and education organizations to solve common technology challenges, and to develop innovative solutions in support of their educational, research, and community service missions.

Internet2 consists of more than 220 U.S. universities, 60 leading corporations, 70 government agencies, 38 regional and state education networks and more than 100 national research and education networking partners representing more than 50 countries. Internet2 offices are located in Ann Arbor, Mich.; Emeryville, Calif.; and Washington, D.C.

About the Smithsonian Institution •

Founded in 1846, the Smithsonian is the world's largest museum and research complex, consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, nine research facilities and 20 libraries. There are more than 6,400 Smithsonian employees and more than 6,200 volunteers. Approximately 30 million people from around the world visited the Smithsonian in 2012. The total number of objects, works of art and specimens at the Smithsonian is estimated at 137 million.

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