Governance Update - RAC (October '11)
The Research Advisory Council (RAC) held two open meetings at the Internet2 Fall Member Meeting. The first open meeting was largely dominated by discussion of the responses (including one from the RAC) to the report from the U.S. UCAN Task Force on Community Anchor Network Economic Models, and Internet2's reaction to both the task force reports and comments. Particular interest was paid to Internet2's support of research, and Internet2's current relationship with its various constituencies. Dave Lambert joined for part of the meeting to participate in that discussion, and one concerning the changes at National Lambda Rail due to recent investment, and NLR's new focus on health care and medical research.
The second open meeting was largely dominated by discussion on new ideas for Internet2 to be supportive of research of all kinds. Ideas discussed included support of virtual organizations and collaboration, a research support center within Internet2, help with data management and data movement (becoming even more important as instruments, such as gene sequencing devices, become relatively low-cost and transfer large volumes of data), and potential tie-ins to NET+ services. During the discussion, Steve Wolff articulated a policy of Internet2 only going to funding agencies in conjunction with Universities and Regional Networks; the RAC agreed with this policy.