Global Connectivity: International Collaboration
|DICE strategic initiative on trans-Atlantic cooperation|
GÉANT is involved in finding networking solutions to facilitate this concept of “multi-domain” networking services both across Europe and on a global scale.
The DICE collaboration includes workshops and on-going collaboration in specific areas within the GÉANT research programme, where engineers work together to advance research for the benefit of all. The different areas of work for technical collaboration are:
The FEAST Feasibility Study which prepared the roadmap for the AfricaConnect project also launched a twinning programme in which several European academic institutions and NRENs have agreed to support the implementation of the AfricaConnect initiative through twinning partnerships with their African counterparts, specifically in education and training. African NRENs are expected to benefit from their European NREN Twins in building and operating an NREN. The European NRENs are expected to benefit from the knowledge of their African Twin’s infrastructure as well as local commercial, technical and organisational models and challenges. This will enable the European NRENs to give appropriate support to institutions connected to their networks and cooperating with institutions in Africa (e.g. in the areas of medicine, climate research, etc.). In November 2009 KENET (Kenya) and DFN (Germany) signed a Memorandum of Understanding and became the first of the NREN-Twins.