2nd C@ribNET Assembly - February 2013

 "Collaboration, Cooperation, Community"

The 2nd C@ribNET Assembly brought together representatives of the Caribbean national research and education networks (NRENs) as well as leadership from the academic and research community, CARCOM agencies, government, as well as representatives from our international partners in Africa, North America, Latin America and Europe.

The Caribbean Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) mandated the establishment of a Caribbean Research and Educational Network (C@ribNET), to be coordinated and managed by the Caribbean Knowledge and Learning Network (CKLN).

C@ribNET was officially launched at this 2nd C@ribNET Assembly on February 26 in Port of Spain, Trinidad, under the theme “Collaboration, Cooperation, Community”.

 Full video of the C@ribNET Launch

The Assembly focused on theree specific themes:

1. NREN Development

2. Building Communities of Interest

3. Building E-Infrastructures.


 THE PRESENTERS at the 2nd Assembly of NRENs

See below for the programme and PRESENTATIONS 





TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19-23, 2013 - Technical Training, facilitated by the National Start-up Resource Centre, NSRC 



Theatre 1, National Academy of Performing Arts


09:00 - 12:30    Session 1: Launch of C@ribNET and Official Opening of the

                          2nd C@ribNET Assembly of NRENs



 The NAPA Building, Port of Spain



12:30 - 13:30              L   U   N   C   H

13:30 - 14:00     Registered participants return to the Hilton Trinidad Conference Centre


La Boucan Meeting Room

14:00 - 17:30     Session 2: Insights and perspectives into the world of 

                           Research and Education  Networks: A new paradigm for     

                           Research and Education.



Dr. Patrick Rowe, Chairman of the Barbados Research and Education Network

- GEANT, the Pan European Research and Education Network and the European Union - activities in supporting the development of a global    Research and Education Community (Latin America, Asia, Africa, Caribbean Pacific regions)        


Ms. Cathrin Stöver

Chief International Relations and 

Communications Officer,DANTE


- Perspectives from a Regional Research and Education Network (REN) the Latin America experience, RedCLARA               


Dr. Florencio Utreras, 

Executive Director, RedCLARA

- Perspectives from a developed National Research and Education Network (NREN). The Mexican NREN, CUDI



Ms. Salma Jalife, Community Coordinator, CUDI (Mexican NREN



15:45 - 16:00            Tea Break



- C@ribNET, The Caribbean Research and Education network.


Mr. Ken Sylvester, 

Chief Executive Officer, 

Caribbean Knowledge and Learning Network, CKLN


- Perspective from a Caribbean NREN: Trinidad and Tobago NREN development experience


Ms. Karen Rosemin, 

Director, Distance Learning Secretariat, Ministry of Tertiary Education and Skills Training, Trinidad & Tobago

19:00 - 21:00   Cocktail Reception -Savannah Terrace  

Hosted by the Government of Trinidad & Tobago, represented by the Ministry of Tertiary Education and Skills Training 




La Boucan Meeting Room

08:30 - 10:30     Session 3: Building Communities of Interest and 

                           Collaboration Mechanisms   

Chairperson: Dr. Francis Tusubira, CEO UbuntuNet Alliance 

- Sharing Knowledge, Building Communities


Mr. Gregory D. Palmer, 

MAGPI Executive Director, University of Pennsylvania


- The Story of the African Virtual University (AVU)


Dr. Catherine Wangeci Thuo, 

Manager, AVU Projects and Business Services


- Case study of a Caribbean Community of practice


Mr. Lloyd Lynch, Member of the CocoNet Organising Committee (also the Seismology Research Centre, UWI, St. Augustine)


- Advance Computing Services and ways of collaboration (Grid & CHAIN)

Ms. Salma Jalife, 

Community Coordinator, CUDI (Mexican NREN)

10:30 - 10:45             B    R    E    A    K



La Boucan Meeting Room

10:45 -  11:45        Session 4: Applications and Content    

Chairperson:  Dr. Heidi Alvarez, 

Director, Center for Internet Augmented Research and Assessment (CIARA), Florida International University

- Open Educational Resources:Transforming and Opening Education

Dr. Mark Bullen, 

Education Specialist – eLearning, 

Commonwealth of Learning


- A Community of Practice for Developing a Virtual Library for the Caribbean

Ms. Karen Lequay, 

Campus Librarian, 

The Open Campus, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine

La Boucan Meeting Room

11: 45 - 12:45       Secession 5: Presentation and Demonstration of the 

                              C@ribNET Portal    


Chairperson: Mr. Ken Sylvester, CEO, CKLN

Mr. Gustavo Garcia, 

Technical Manager, RedCLARA   

12;45 - 14:00             L    U    N    C    H



La Boucan Meeting Room

14: 00 - 15:30          Secession  6:  e-Infrastcutures  

Chairperson: Professor Robert J. Lancashire, Professor of Chemistry, University of the West Indies, Mona


- e-Infrastructures

Ms. Iara Machado, 

Assistant Director for Advanced Internet at RNP (Brazilian NREN)

- Open Repositories


Dr. Florencio Utreras, Executive Director, RedCLARA

- Eduroam and Federated Identity

Mr. Leandro Marcos de Oliveira Guimarães, Service Management at RNP

La Boucan Meeting Room

15:30 - 16:00      Session 7: ACP Connect Project

Mr. David A.A. Edwards, 

Project Manager, 

Caribbean Knowledge and Learning Network


- Summary & Closing Remarks

Mr. Ken Sylvester, CEO, CKLN



Registered participants will be advised of transportation arrangements.



Insights and Perspectives into the world of Research and Education Networks: A New Paradigm for Research and Education

Panel Presentation by Strategic Partners

National Research and Education Networks, or NRENs, are a closed, user group of academic and other institutions within a country that are engaged in knowledge creation and sharing, that connect over a special purpose, high bandwidth telecommunications network. The national research and education networks in the Caribbean are all emerging and in this session, some of the more established NRENs will share aspects of their development as the new Caribbean NRENs strengthen and evolve.


This session will explain the importance of e-Infrastructures to the research community. e-Infrastructures define a global cooperation model being developed by research and education organisations usually  on top of  high-speed fiber optical backbone connections. Researchers and scientists can connect to each other and to the world, thanks to National Research and Education Networks such as Internet2, Gèant, RedCLARA, C@ribNET, UbuntuNet. It facilitates researchers with easy and controlled online access to facilities, resources and collaboration tools, bringing to them the power of ICT for computing, connectivity, storage and instrumentation. 

eduroam & Federated Identity 

Researchers, academics and communities of interest want to know how they can work together in secure spaces,  wherever they may be. This session will explian eduroam, a secure, world-wide roaming access service developed for the international research and education community. The presenters will show how students, researchers and staff from participating institutions can obtain Internet connectivity across campus and when visiting other participating institutions by simply opening their laptop. In addition, the disucssion on Federated Identity will examine how using information technology can link a person's electronic identity and attributes, stored across multiple distinct identity management systems, ensuring security.

Grid Computing – The CHAIN Project 

This session will provide a better understanding of Grid computing and how, through C@ribNET, it may be used to advance developmental work and research. Grid computing works on the principle of pooled resources, in a way that lets someone use one computer to access and leverage the collective power of all the computers in the system. It’s as if the user's computer has transformed into a “supercomputer” and is often used to analyze vast data gathered that is far too much for a single computer to analyze effectively. The CHAIN project will be described because it elaborates a strategy and the instruments used regarding coordination and interoperation of the European Grid Infrastructures with other external e-Infrastructures. 

Content Management System

Another important tool is a content management system (CMS)  - an application that provides capabilities for multiple users with different permission levels to manage (all or a section of) content, data, to create, edit, archive, publish, collaborate, report, distribute. CKLN is developing such a CMS to facilitate the communities of interest, NRENS and their member institutions  Such systems of content management provide security and procedures to manage workflow in a collaborative environment. 

Open Repositories  

Researchers and academics must publish – but how has this changed? Institutional repositories are digital collections of the outputs created within a university or research institution. In most cases, repositories are established to provide Open Access to the institution’s research output. Repositories may be institutionally based, enhancing the visibility and impact of the institution, or they may be centralized, subject-based collections like economics or physics repository. This session will consider approaches and implications, as “Open access repositories have fuelled a quiet revolution in disseminating knowledge, bypassing the toll gates that publishers have set up” (Professor Martin Hall – University of Salford, UK)


Building Communities of Interest & Collaboration

A community of interest is a gathering of people assembled around a topic of common interest. Its members participate in the community to exchange information, obtain answers, to improve their understanding of a subject, to share common passions or to play. A virtual community facilitates collaboration using specific media, often crossing geographic and political boundaries, to pursue mutual interests or goals. A community of practice, incorporates the processes in which social learning or a skill occurs because of the common interest and willingness to collaborate with others having common interests over an extended period. The dedicated research and education networks, such as C@ribNET, can facilitate these communities and Session 3 will explore and encourage their development in the region. 

This session will explore how communities of interest and practice are built, present the case of the African Virtual University, how Open Education Resources and virtual libraries are developed and present a Caribbean case study on a community of practice.

The 2nd C@ribNET Assembly and Official launch of C@ribNET is supported by the European Commission, LIME, the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, represented by the Minstry of Tertiary Education and Skills Tarining, Illuminat, Fujitsu.