CENIC Conference Convenes California Cultural Institutions with R&E Community

This is short notice for California museums and cultural and educational institutions if it’s not already on your radar.  CENIC is the Corporation for Educational Network Initiatives in California and connects research and educational institutions, schools, and libraries across the state with its high speed, low-latency network, providing Internet access and application support for R&E activities.  Several museums and cultural institutions, including the Exploratorium, are also connected to CalREN, the high-performance R&E network operated by CENIC, and are exploring ways of engaging audiences using connections to the network and to interconnected R&E networks across the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia, and South America.  I’ll be on a panel there talking about cultural and educational uses of R&E networks along with representatives from SFJAZZ, the California Academy of Sciences, and the Getty Museum.

CENIC’s annual conference will be held March 5th–7th, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency in Monterey, California. The conference brings together CENIC’s richly diverse community, with participants from all education segments, including public and private research universities, public libraries, scientific, cultural, and performing arts institutions, private sector technology businesses, public policy and government agencies, and R&E partners from across the country and around the world.

Conference keynote speakers include Vint Cerf, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google, Kireeti Kompella, Senior Vice President & CTO, Juniper Networks, and Ilkay Altintas, Ph.D., Chief Data Science Officer at the San Diego Supercomputer Center.

The full conference program is online now.  Attendees can choose from more than forty sessions, including the following, which may be of particular interest to attendees from scientific and cultural organizations:

  • Cultural preservation in sessions such as Visualizing Cultural Heritage: Research Engagement on the Pacific Research Platform and Creating a Network for Digital World Cultural Heritage Preservation and Analytics.
  • Presentations from technology leaders in Scientific and Cultural Institutions on Regional, National, and International R&E Networks.
  •  Sessions on cybersecurity including panels on Workforce Development in R&E Environments and Revoking Attackers’ Phishing License in R&E Environments.
  • Opportunities for collaboration with museums, public libraries, and universities in sessions such as Riding the WAVE: Student-led Docent Program for UC Merced’s Wide-Area Visualization Environment, and More than Internet Access,  which describes how libraries across the state are using high-speed broadband to expand programs and services in collaboration with other research and education institutions.

Conference registration is now open!  You can register here. >

 Looking forward to connecting with other museum and cultural institutions in Monterey!

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About rrothfarb

Rob has been working in online media and technology since 1994. He directs online media projects at the Exploratorium in San Francisco and is interested in using 3D graphics, mapping, photography, virtual worlds, augmented reality, digital audio and video applications, geospatial data, visualization techniques, and networking technologies to tell stories and engage museum audiences. He holds a M.P.S. in Interactive Telecommunications from New York University and a B.E.T. from the University of South Florida.

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