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News for Tuesday, January 18, 2005

* UC San Diego Installs First 10-Gigabit Campus Ethernet in U.S.
* Microsoft Opens Bangalore Center; Higher Ed Work Expected
* Virginia Policymakers Squabble Over Higher Ed Tech Magnet
* Library Tech 1: Storage Area Net Preserves Video Collection
* Library Tech 2: Tool to Link Serials in Periodical Collections

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UC San Diego Installs First 10-Gigabit Campus Ethernet in U.S.

The first production 10 Gigabit Ethernet campus connection in the
U.S. was installed last week from the University of California, San
Diego, to CalREN, a high-performance backbone network operated by
the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California

Researchers at UCSD, which will upgrade from a 1 Gigabit network,
will use the new bandwidth for larger data transfers and more
powerful scientific collaboration, especially in the oceanic and
biomedical sciences. CalREN serves all educational institutions in
California, which are currently connected at 1 Gigabit.

UCSD Chancellor Marye Anne Fox said while the university has faster
specialized networks, the new 10G connection, “enables every campus
member to access the full power of broadband and access the global
Internet and Internet2 community at large.”

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Microsoft Opens Bangalore Center; Higher Ed Work Expected

Microsoft Corp. last week opened a research lab in India, only its
third research facility outside the U.S. Microsoft Research India,
located in Bangalore, will conduct long-term basic and applied
research with both the Indian government and higher ed institutions.
“We feel a great deal of synergy exists with the Indian academia
and government in our goals of advancing basic and applied research,”
said P. Anandan, managing director of Microsoft Research India.

The first project will be a geographic information system to bring
satellite imagery, remote sensing and other geographic data together
in an indexed database. Microsoft Research India will make the
government's non-sensitive geographic data available to the public
in a format that is easy to browse and comprehend, with intuitive
visualization of data. "We are also actively collaborating with
academic institutions and have identified several projects to
incubate creative approaches aimed at fulfilling the needs of
underserved communities,” Anandan added.

Virginia Policymakers Squabble Over Higher Ed Tech Magnet

Northern Virginia policymakers are at odds over how to create a high
tech research campus in the area powerful enough to exert a pull on
high tech investment in the region. According to a report in the
Washington Post, the squabble involves the leaders of George Mason
University, which has been on an expansion drive in the last decade,
and the state’s secretary of technology, who is floating plans for
alternatives that might be a better magnet for high tech investment.

According to the Post the debate was sparked by a report by Va. Gov.
Mark Warner’s tech advisory panel that recommended four options,
including building a new university; expanding GMU further; expanding
other campuses in the region, including Virginia Commonwealth,
Virginia Tech, or U. Va., or create a new campus that would consolidate
facilities from multiple institutions.

Not surprisingly, GMU officials prefer expanding GMU further.

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Syllabus2005: 12th Annual Education Technology Conference July 24-28

Syllabus2005 g'es Hollywood this summer with its 12th annual
conference held at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles
and on the campus of UCLA. Five tracks of strategic importance to
technology leaders on campus; keynotes and panels addressing the
big issues in higher ed; cutting-edge sessions from visionaries at
UCLA, plus exhibitors and interactive demonstrations. Mark your
calendar--July 24-28--and look for complete information online
March 15.

Library Tech 1: Storage Area Net Preserves Video Collection

The University of Michigan and Indiana University in Bloomington are
using a new videotape preservation system to maintain permanent
documentaries on musical and dance traditions from around the world.
The Ethnomusicological Video for Instruction and Analysis (EVIA)
Digital Archive project is a joint effort between the two universities,
with a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, to preserve the
video recordings of university instructors and make them easily
accessible for future teaching and research.

The project uses a high-speed storage infrastructure built around
storage area network (SAN) technology from Sanrad Inc. The system
uses UM's high-speed network to write 50 Mbps video files directly
to a SAN located across the campus. The technology enables encoding
the video to take place in real time.

Library Tech 2: Tool to Link Serials in Periodical Collections

R.R. Bowker, a provider of bibliographic information, last week
introduced a new tool that integrates all of a library's periodicals
through a single service and allows library patrons to easily connect
to those holdings by following a few simple links. Ulrich's Resource
Linker provides a library-specific A-to-Z periodical list, a journal
and article search engine, and subject browsing and content updating.

The system was developed in partnership with Openly Informatics, Inc.,
a software firm that developed "link resolver" technology built on
the OpenURL Standard. The hosted solution us driven by a database
that includes more than 1,000 providers of e-journals, aggregated
full-text databases, abstracting and indexing databases, and other
research resources that are regularly updated by Bowker.

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