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InternetNZ Leads on Internet2

InternetNZ is calling on the creative community to assist in the development of creative applications for Internet 2. "It's imagination not infrastructure which is going to drive the demand for applications that Internet 2 will be able offer." said InternetNZ Chair Keith Davidson

InternetNZ has established a Steering Group on Internet 2, the next
stage in the development of the current Internet. The Steering Group,
chaired by Neil James (Otago University), will facilitate the bringing
together of all interested parties in the creation of a national
strategic Internet 2 initiative.
"InternetNZ received overwhelming positive feedback after the recent
Internet 2 Seminar, which involved the majority of the developers of
'Internet 1'. The Seminar was a call to action for the private and
public sectors", said Davidson. "The seminar, run by (e)-Vision and the
2020 Communications Trust, considered that InternetNZ was the
appropriate cross-sectorial organisation to facilitate this process,
and the Council's response was enthusiastic. Neil James was the key
speaker at the Seminar, and we are delighted that he has agreed to
chair the Steering Group." said Davidson.
Internet 2 proposes to:

Create a leading edge network capability for the national research community
Enable revolutionary Internet applications
Ensure the rapid transfer of new network services and applications to the broader Internet community

The Steering Group comprises Neil James; Professor John Hine,
Victoria University of Wellington; and John Houlker, Industry NZ; (all
Fellows of InternetNZ for their services to the development of the
Internet in New Zealand); Simon Riley, Net Impact; and Roger De Salis,
Cisco Systems (both InternetNZ Councillors).
The Steering Group's first job will be to bring together all the
interested parties in the Tertiary sector, research community, the
telecommunications sector, government, and the creative and cultural
communities. One result of that meeting may be the creation of a joint
private and public sector consortium to coordinate developments in
Internet 2.
The priority of the Steering Group will be to focus not just on
infrastructure, but also on the development of applications which bring
content which take advantage of the increased bandwidth. "We've only
just begun to consider the possibilities which this increased capacity
will bring - on the table already are such diverse applications as
virtual reality to aid remote diagnosis and other medical services,
access to digital libraries, and teaching Music with advanced network
video-conferencing" said Neil James, "so the key is to involve both the
original technical experts and the extended creative communities."
Internet 2 will impact across a wide range of knowledge based
sectors in New Zealand. The creation of a national strategic initiative
on Internet 2 will be an important step forward in the developing
Knowledge Economy in New Zealand.
"This is not just the original 'Internet 1' group recharging for the
sequel; crucially we have some new entrants here from the high-tech
business sector, who are in a number of cases now at the leading edge
of advanced computer applications. The creativity they bring is a
fundamental part of deploying the new applications." said John Houlker.
For further information please contact:
Sue Leader, InternetNZ ph (04) 472 1600 or (021) 673-300
Neil James, Assistant Director (IT Policy), Information Services Division,
University of Otago, Phone (03) 479-8594, Mobile 021 393-123
Background material:
Internet 2
The next stage of Internet development in academia.
National Laboratory for Advanced Network Research (NLANR)
NLANR provides technical, engineering, and traffic analysis support for high-performance network service providers and users.
Next Generation Internet Initiative
US Federal investment into R&D and research networks to develop the Next Generation Internet.
University Corporation for Advanced Internet Development (UCAID)
UCAID is a non-profit consortium, led by university members working
in partnership with corporate and affiliate members, to provide
leadership and direction for advanced networking development within the
university community.
APAC : Australian Partnership for Advanced Computing
APAC is developing plans for an Australian Information Infrastructure Testbed with other industry organisations
Internet2: The Once and Future Net
July 10, 2001
© 2001 The Internet Society of New Zealand
Last updated 20 September 2001

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