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Collaboration, Dark Fiber and the Challenges of Deploying Mobile Infrastructure

Rich Cherry, Balboa Park Online Collaborative, USA

http://www.bpoc.org

Abstract

The Balboa Park Online Collaborative (BPOC) was created to lead technology-focused cooperation between 21 Balboa Park institutions. One of the challenges BPOC quickly uncovered when it began was a serious limitation to supporting collaboration caused by the lack of IT infrastructure necessary to network the institutions together. As a result, BPOC has installed the infrastructure necessary for a high speed (1GB/second) connection to network the organizations, to provide a 100mb Internet connection, and also to provide a connection to CalREN, the California Research and Education Network to which the vast majority of the state's K-20 educational institutions are connected. The connection to CalREN also provides connectivity to non-California institutions and industry research organizations such as Internet2, high-speed networks in Mexico and the Association of Pacific Rim Universities Networks.

This mini workshop will explore the technology options as they relate to Wide Area Networks (WANs) and the technical, civil engineering and political challenges that the different options create; provide a planning checklist for dealing with the challenges; and describe the reasons that multiple institutions might desire to collaborate on a private WAN. All of this information will then be reviewed in the context of the Balboa Park Network Project deployment as well as other museum WAN deployments, with failures and successes highlighted.

Keywords: technology-focused collaboration, networking, collaboration, mobile

Program Item Reference: 
Collaboration and Dark Fiber

Mini-Workshop on Collaboration and Dark Fiber

Type: 
Session
Date & Time: 
Apr 8 2011 - 1:00pm
Location: 
Commonwealth A/B

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Archives & Museum Informatics EIN: 77-0708617; GST / BN 887978914

Description

This mini workshop will explore the technology options as they relate to Wide Area Networks (WAN’s), the technical, civil engineering and political challenges that the different options create, a planning checklist for dealing with the challenges as well the reasons that multiple institutions might desire collaborate on a WAN.