Notes about possible European Internet2 Cooperation Program

Prepared by Yuri Demchenko
October 18, 1999


This information is produced as a compilation of Internet2 and IBM Research Program related information. List of used information resources is at


Today's web is becoming self-organising and self-defining entity/structure that gains features of world wide Knowledge Web. Internet together with its web based information infrastructure changes platform and possibility of worldwide economic integration based on global access to information/knowledge without limitation to local technology development.

The necessary and important tools for navigating in such a new formation is Digital Libraries, Metadata information and information/network middleware infrastructure which forms Information enabled network infrastructure that allows advanced information discovery (defining information communities on the web as authoritative sources of information and information/knowledge/technology development centers). Web information communities definition need to become trusted.

Another problem with development and implementation of the new technologies that they are very high knowledge demanding and qualified workforce consuming. Possible solution for this problem is creating virtual knowledge-based communities on the web that will serve as place where researchers and researches meets, exchange of information and create cooperative self-contributive resources. The only what is needed in this case is providing free space, computation facility at portal-like service. Actually, this will/should lead to a formation of a new information/knowledge/communities infrastructure of the Web/Internet in the form of Knowledge/Learning Web or Information/Directory enabled network or Global Digital Library infrastructure.

All these tasks need high bandwidth and high computer power.

1. Initial assumptions - IBM Internet2 Center in Europe and its goals

1.1. Looking at public success of Internet2 program/campaign, IBM want to see/initiate (and be in the center of this) the same activity in Europe.

1.2. IBM wants to explore some genuine European issues/features like 1.3. Provide shared (super)computer facilities for further development and implementation of the new Internet technologies in Europe and promote IBM's brands in this way in Europe - to fill niche of future demands
1.4. IBM is predisposed to follow its and other well known successful stories (cases) in cooperation with R&E organisations in IT/Internet areas, e.g. Educational grants/scholarship, Museums, etc.
1.5. Another obvious IBM's goals as a commercial company are: 1.6. Possible (long-term) output of the Center 1.7. IBM wants clear relation/orientation with/to vital applications research and community applications
1.8. Establishing such a Center is a highest level IBM's decision by the people that operate high level global (biz and societal) categories that sometimes lay far beyond current/daily practice. Therefore it seems effective to use such approach/view in the proposal together with demonstrating technical understanding how to practically implement or reach high/global impact Therefore we should analyse both Internet2/Canarie programs and IBM's records of research/community grants. 2. Internet2 activities and application projects that can be considered as liaison activity for I2/IBM Center

2.1. Existing application Internet2 projects

2.2. Internet2 Demonstrators at INET99 3. IBM's projects that supposedly can be projected onto European landscape

3.1. Hermitage (St. Petersburg) Online and images library with extended search capabilities (search by author, country, style and palette)
3.2. CLEVER Searching that use technology that allows defining authoritative source of information on the web based on iterative topic distillation (
3.3. Current implementation for business information "communities" does not use full potentiality of the technology.
Video/streaming charging
3.4. Network storage and data replication (current grant of Micha Beck from Tennessee University)
3.5. Data mining technologies used for business applications

4. Possible areas of cooperation (grant applications)(but are not limited to):

4.1. Network Infrastructure projects

4.2. Information infrastructure and Application projects (Information Retrieval, Indexing Searching) 4.3. Multimedia, Video, Streaming technologies 4.4. "Collaboratoriums" of research laboratories, libraries and researches.
4.5. Infrastructural and development network support of high volume data generation and computer consuming researches in Astronomy and Experimental Physics: 4.6. Pilot implementation and testbed for the advanced developments from the IETF scope of works/standards in 4.7. Using IBM's Secure information use technologies to support creation of National directories and PKI services for the university and digital library community
4.8. Framework/Pilot scheme for technological extension to developing countries

5. Known Projects and developments of TERENA members that can be benefit from European Cooperation

5.1. Streaming projects at SURFnet and related projects among TERENA members -

5.2. REIS project on creation Pilot Indexing Service for Research and Education community in Europe - 5.3. Imaging projects at the Dept. of History o f Art at Leiden University (Dr. John Lew) - 5.4. Medical images archive at ILRT in Bristol ( 5.5. Nordic Web Index Project (NWI - by Scandinavian countries 5.6. Automated classification projects and work packages by Lund University Library (Desire2 project - DESIRE / NWI based URN Resolution,, University of Gent, etc. (IKEM Toolkit - 5.7. DFN Indexing and Searching projects -
5.8. International Principia Cybernetica Project at Center "Leo Apostel", Vrije Universiteit Brussel ( - develop new concepts of Learning Web and consciousness transformation in Information Society 6. Cooperation with related Programs/Projects in the World

6.1. DANTE/IST Research Program -
6.2. Internet2 Network Application Program that needs high bandwidth and high computer resources for pilot implementation of new application and advanced technological researches in global network applications -
6.3. CANARIE Inc. ( ANAST Funding Programs on Advanced End-to-End Applications and the Advanced Network Technology that focus on

6.4. CANARIE Inc. Learning Program announced in effective use of advanced networks for education and training (repositories for learning objects or other innovations designed to have a broad-based impact on the education and training sector).
6.5. Soros Open Society Institute (OSI - - Regional Internet Program (

7. Possible/expected interest from other companies

Prepared by Yuri Demchenko, October 1999.