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"Research and Education Networks in Europe" - Joint document of the Research Directorate General and the Information Society Directorate General

Funded under: FP5

Abstract

During the last decade, data networks (computer networks, communication or digital networks) have become increasingly important as information vehicles in the context of scientific and industrial research. These facilities, as well as the entities operating them are commonly called by the same generic appellation of "National Research and Education Networks".

Data networks and the development of interconnected advanced computational resources have a growing impact on European Science. Thus the European Commission is facing the challenge of supporting some actions in favour of such Networks in a sustainable way and with a view to build on the opportunities thereby opened.

The main guidelines are:

- Spread of network use to all scientific disciplines in Europe, moving from "best practice" towards "common practice"

- Support improved usage of such facilities by research institutes and explore further potentialities.

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Record Number: 1386 / Last updated on: 2000-03-23
Category: POLI
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