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CANARIE-C@ribNET Establish BGP Peering

Caribbean and Canadian national research and education networks (NRENs) have established Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) peering[i], which now allows better control of the traffic exchanged between institutions in the Canadian NREN, CANARIE and those that are connected to the Caribbean's regional network, C@ribNET.
 
C@ribNET connects 170+ institutions in the Caribbean across 16 countries and 7 emerging NRENs, to millions of researchers, scientists and students at nearly 2,000 Canadian institutions, including universities, colleges, research institutes, hospitals, and government laboratories that have access to the CANARIE Network. Twelve provincial and territorial network partners, together with CANARIE, collectively form Canada's National Research and Education Network (NREN).
 
What does this mean? It means that users in Canada and the Caribbean can collaborate and exchange across their respective networks with a greater level of control and management by their various NRENs (CANARIE and CKLN), versus having to depend solely on intermediaries in the US. For Engineers and other technical representatives of the provincial NRENs (in the case of Canada) and the country NRENs (in the case of the Caribbean), this means a better level of management of traffic and provision of support to users.
 
 

C@ribNET Part of Ban Ki Moon Engagement with UWI

Students and faculty of the University of the West Indies (UWI) and CARICOM Youth Ambassadors from around the Region recently had the opportunity to hear from and interact with His Excellency, Ban Ki Moon, Secretary General of the United Nations virtually, with C@ribNET (the Caribbean's dedicated research and education network) as part of the regional network that supported the Regional forum.

Hosted by the UWI in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), newly appointed Vice Chancellor, Prof. Hilary Beckles, described the symposium as an "Historic encounter." During the 90-minute Youth Symposium, the UN Secretary General scheduled to speak for a few minutes, spent much longer, addressing and exchanging with the youth on issues such as crime, gender-based violence, unemployment, youth participation and climate change.
 

CKLN - A Global Partner at International Conferences

CKLN’s mandate from CARICOM Heads has been to ensure that the Caribbean is not left out or left behind in terms of global knowledge sharing and collaboration and the implementation of C@ribNET provides the platform to enable the Region to become part of the global research and education community. Whether participation is face to face or virtual, CKLN has made it a point to be at the global table – not just as an observer, but as active participants and collaborators in the R&E Networking community.
 
While international debate about commercial internet continues apace, the issues around the closed community of research and education networks is often overlooked, minimized or misunderstood. The internet allows everybody to participate in everything, whereas research and education networks allow a closed, specialised user community of academics, researchers and innovators to participate in collaborative activities and projects for the public good.
 

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.