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Subject:

Calif. colleges building own Net

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John Walker <[log in to unmask]>

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Mon, 26 May 1997 10:37:42 -0400

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Calif. colleges building own Net
By Reuters
May 24, 1997, 11:45 a.m. PT

http://www.news.com/News/Item/0,4,10962,00.html?dtn.head

A group of universities in California are building their own
information highway to exchange data from libraries and laboratories
at least 100 times faster than the Internet.

The project, announced yesterday, will form a sort of virtual
university in which students can read books from distant libraries
and take classes at other campuses. Along with expanding such
resources, the new network could help schools save money by avoiding
the duplication of resources.

They said the network, which will be up and running next year, will
also be more reliable than today's Internet.

"The electronic highway is faced with rush-hour traffic most of the
day. We need reliable service delivery," said M. Stuart Lynn,
University of California associate vice president and the principal
investigator for the project.

The network will be designed to connect campuses at speeds of over
600 million bits per second. At that rate, a 30-volume encyclopedia
could be transmitted in less than one second.

Participating schools include seven campuses of the University of
California, along with the California Institute of Technology, the
California State University, Stanford University, and the University
of Southern California.

The schools are members of the Consortium for Education Network
Initiatives in California, which earlier this week won a $3.8 million
grant for the project from the National Science Foundation.

In addition to the statewide effort, major universities in California
are also participating in a similar project to link more than 100
research universities across the country, an initiative known as
Internet 2. They said they decided to separately link schools within
California to ensure the state has the best technology to support its
research and educational needs.

The network will also give more students virtual access to
state-of-the art research tools, such as a sophisticated electron
microscope at the UC's Riverside campus or an advanced telescope in
Hawaii that some California schools help manage. Medical researchers
will be able to transmit images over the network for diagnosis and
teaching purposes.

"Some of these schools are already sharing research journals, and we
expect to do more of that in the future," Lynn said. "The cost of
many of these journals is rising exponentially, and there is a strong
incentive to make sure we are not duplicating our resources
unnecessarily."

Asked whether this digital information-sharing would do away with the
schools' need to maintain their own resources, Lynn replied: "When's
the future? Is it 100 years from now, 1,000, or two years?"

"I think there will be a lot of water under the bridge before schools
do away with their print libraries."

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Also in this issue:

- IBM to invest $100 million in Internet, networking research center
this year
- Digital passport standard planned
- LiveCD system feeds updates over Web
- Computer hacker charged with credit card theft
- Library won't face porn charges
- MP3 Music Pirates Avoid Legal Action


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