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CKLN-C@ribNET - Part of the Global MAGIC Project

June 9, 2015
Caribbean academics and researchers are now able to be part of a network of worldwide collaborators with access to collaboration tools, as well as a means to application-sharing over the next 24 months as a European Commission supported project called MAGIC has begun. The Middleware for collaborative Applications and Global virtual Communities (MAGIC) Project intends to create cloud services, including various protocols and software, to enable users to access and use these services in a cloud environment (anywhere, anytime)
Coordinated by RedCLARA, the Association of Latin American Research and Education Networks, (RENs), the general objective of the MAGIC Project is to establish a set of agreements for Europe and other participating World Regions, to consolidate and complete the foundations of middleware necessary for the establishment of a marketplace of services and real-time applications for international and inter-continental research groups. These services will be piloted in an NREN (national research and education network) environment and will facilitate the mobility and the work of global science communities.
The work planned under the MAGIC project includes Management, Platforms for Mobility, Cloud Provisioning and Groupware Standards, Agreements for Real-Time Collab oration, Global Science Communities, Dissemination and Training.     

CKLN Urges More Caribbean Participation in International R&E Network Activities

With C@ribNET the Region's only research and education network (REN) fully established, the emerging national research and education networks (NRENs) and their respective member institutions should take the opportunity to see, learn and share in the activities of partner REN's across the world.

According to Colleen Wint, CKLN's Communications and International Relations Manager, "C@ribNET is but one of many international networks dedicated to research and education, with etsablished protocols and there is much to learned from them."
She strongly encourages, where possible, for representatives of the emerging national R&E networks and their institutional to participate in some of the events hosted by these other RENs. In many instances, there can be remote participation.

Noted below are some of the upcoming annual events where not only technical updates are shared among the global partners, but which also introduce new and innovative ways for users to engage, regioanlly and internationally.

APAN 2015 1-6 March, Fukuoka, Japan
Of special note is the Joint Dengue and Public Health Workshop on March 1

Video conference Discussion on Campus Security Hastens Greater Collaboration

October 28, 2014
Student’s voices, the concerns of females and the development of safety and reporting technology were among topics discussed at a recent virtual discussion among regional campus security professionals. The CKLN joined forces with the Jamaica Research and Education Network, JREN, to host a half-day panel discussion focusing on the security issues, challenges and solutions faced by Regional tertiary institutions.
The video conference entitled “Campus Security and Personal Safety: Lessons Learned and Best Practices” was designed to stimulate establishment of a Community of Practice among campus security professionals across the Region, leveraging C@ribNET and its NRENs (national research and education networks) in providing solutions to the many challenges involved in securing campus security and student and faculty personal safety.


Caribbean Child Advocates Use R&E Networks to Contribute to 21st Pan American Child Congress

A number of Caribbean child rights, family development advocates and children will have the opportunity to make  significant inputs to the 21st Pan American Child Congress being held in Brazil in December. They will be part of a Caribbean Virtual Forum on Child Participation to be held on November 18, 2014.