CEENGINE News

CEENGINE in the top 10% of the EC projects

CEENGINE – recent flagship project of CEENET has come to an end, after 42 months of operations. The final review of the project took place in Brussels on 5/2/2014, and we are happy to announce, that independent reviewers ranked this project “EXCELLENT” placing it in the top 10% of all EC-funded projects, right next to leading projects like GEANT.

The project, executed solely by CEENET as its only contractor, focused on contiuous support to Eastern European NREN in strengthening national infrastructure and the integration with GEANT.

The highlights of the project, executed between 2010-2014 include

  • NRENs Policy Workshop in Bucharest, Romania, 2011 (Eastern Partnership Event) coorganised with TERENA & GEANT
  • NRENs Users Workshop in Kiev, Ukraine, 2013, coorganised with PICTURE project
  • NREN Technology Workshop in Tbilisi policy, users and technologies)

CEENET also executed an intensive lobbying campaign resulting in application of new membership scheme in GEANT (and admission of NRENS from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine to GEANT).
CEENET itself has also secured a place in GEANT, where – thanks to collaboration with TERENA – we are responsible for activities related to digital inclusion and services dissemination in Eastern Europe. It is extremely important, because thanks to streamlining our activitied with GEANT we can continue to support our NRENS in more effective way.

CEENGINE Newsletter #8, December 2013
 Foreword from project coordinator

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This is the last newsletter produced by our team within this project, which finishes at the end of the year. We can safely state now, that CEENGINE made a difference. It was in many ways a special project, a great opportunity for our community, which has been exploited to full extent possible.

We have started the project as low profile organisation, supporting some little-known NRENs in Eastern Europe and we are finishing it with 6 EaP NRENs being GEANT members, CEENET being GEANT contractor and some GEANT programme focused on Eastern Europe to be executed.

We have also managed to focus more attention on Eastern Europe from the policy makers and funding bodies – Eastern Partnership Interconnection (EPIC) project has been formulated and positively received by European Commission – with the objective to build Eastern European backbone and to interconnect it with GEANT, the project has potential to change the networking landscape in Eastern Europe.

Here I would like to use this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude to all CEENET and NRENs personnel who worked hard to make this project a success. I hope this is not the first and not the last we worked together.

Dr. Octavian Rusu, CEENGINE coordinator

 

 CEENGINE NRENs Technology Workshop in Tbilisi

bannerOur last workshop – CEENGINE NRENs Security Workshop was organized in Tbilisi, from 4th to 7th of December, 2013. The event co-organized by CEENET/CEENGINE and GEANT provided a number of presentation on security technologies, policies and general matters relevant to NRENs for over 60 participants from Europe. Hosted in excellent venue of Radisson Iveria Blu Tbilisi, within beautiful surroundings of the ancient city, the workshop provided a nice conclusion of the project and marked the start of closer cooperation with GEANT project.

The programme included 2 days of lectures organised by CEENGINE and one day of relevant security topics from GEANT Campus Best Practices activity. For the first time in CEENET events, eduroam was available, thanks to FUNET staff, who brought mobile hotspot with them.

The electronic materials from the workshops can be downloaded here. Pictures are available at Flickr

 CEENET training programme in 2014 (GEANT PLUS)

michal_przybylskiCEENGINE NRENs Security Workshop has been received very well and the participants expressed their demand for more workshops of this type.

While the CEENGINE is over soon, CEENET managed to include a series of knowledge and technology transfer workshop in GEANT3 PLUS project programme. Currently three workshops are pre-scheduled in 2014, in particular:  (dates and places are indicative, but highly probable):

• Sofia, Bulgaria, end of May 2014 ( network security + core network technologies)
• Chisinau, Moldova (co-located with RENAM-RoEduNet conference) – August 2014 (with focus on core network technologies and GEANT services)
• Montenegro – late autumn 2014 (with programme more focused on GEANT services)

In order to ensure participation of EaP NRENs, we have ensured that at each workshop there will be 12 seats reserved for EaP countries (with the minimum guarantee of 2 seats per each EaP country). While workshops and their agendas are being prepared at the moment, we assume that the workshop in May will be organised for 2 groups of 20 people each, with intensive “hands on” programme in computer laboratories, kindly provided by Bulgarian Research and Education Network (BREN)

 

 New CEENET Users Database published

krassi_simonskiThe question of who are the NRENs users and what activities shall be adopted to approach and integrate NRENs users into GEANT community was one of the key challenges of CEENGINE.

In the project we have tried to investigate and attract the users, to collaborate and participate in our activities, and further to stimulate them in their research collaboration with other partners from Western Europe and worldwide. We have analysed over a hundred of users and we have prepared over 80 Power Users profiles. Later on these Power Users were invited to update their profiles and provide more information. In the results, we can boast an extensive WIKI database of NREN Users.

At the end of CEENGINE project, these information have been assembled into online, visual database available to general public. It provides an easy access to the following data:

  • Who are the NREN Power Users in each country?
  • What is their main activity/business?
  • What are their strong research activities/projects utilizing the research networking resources?
  • Who their partners are in Europe and among the CEENGINE countries?
  • How do they participate in ERA, do they plan to do so, if yes – in which areas?
  • How do they use (or plan to use) the GEANT connectivity?

The database interface is available here.

The database is open and can be updated as necessary with new Power Users and countries to be added or updated. If you want to include your organisation or change profile, please contact us.

 

 CEENGINE project summary

The main objective of CEENGINE project was to support the organic development of NRENs in Eastern Europe and their integration with pan-European NRENs (including GEANT). For this purpose we have proposed an ambitious work programme aiming at creating organisational, political and financial momentum for NRENs extension, interconnection, upgrade and integration. We have used many tools to assist us in this work – including basic research, workshops (Users, Policy, Technology) and helpdesk support to newly organizing consortia aiming at participation in pan-European research. We hoped that with decent organisational support, NRENs in our region would be able to join GEANT community (as the ultimate objective of CEENET) within few years after CEENGINE project finalization. CEENGINE had also to determine the future of the CEENET once most of its members become GEANT partners.

Now, at the end of the project, we can safely state that last three and a half years of CEENGINE project had strong impact on what’s happening in Eastern Europe , when it comes to NRENs. Below we’ll try to summarize the most important achievements:

  • CEENGINE provided important insight into current NRENs status in Eastern Europe – legal, organisational, technical, international and other aspects of NRENs organisation were assessed for 27 NRENs. 27 NRENs profiles were created online. For the first time for many years we got so detailed information about our NRENs, which indeed was sometimes surprising and gave us more clear understanding of NRENs needs.
  • For the first time in the history we have directly approached the major users of the NRENs – over 100 so called “Power Users” – essential customers for novel network services and possible participants of future research projects were contacted and in result 84 detailed NREN users profiles were created online.
  • CEENGINE supported 9 project consortia, which were able to formulate research project applications, of which 4 were accepted for funding and are currently being implemented in Eastern Europe.
  • Three workshops (NREN Users, NREN Policy and NREN Technology) were organized with over 200 attendees
  • Intensive dissemination programme of CEENGINE (possible thanks to detailed knowledge of users, NRENs, their problems, etc.) together with exploitation of favourable political situation helped us to reach beyond original project scope and ensure the following:
  • All remaining non-GEANT CEENET members from Eastern Europe (Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan) were admitted as normal GEANT members (they had the “associated members” status before), following the modification of GEANT membership scheme proposed by CEENET in order to enable participation in GEANT’s research activities.
  • CEENET has become a partner in GEANT (although with – we believe temporary – 3rd party status to TERENA) but more importantly – a programme for knowledge and technology transfer (in the area of Campus Best Practices and Digital Inclusion activities) to Eastern European NRENs has been accepted by GEANT and its execution has been put in CEENET hands. Thus CEENET secured its operation in its area of competence in coordination with GEANT.
  • CEENET experts have prepared (already within GEANT3plus project but exploiting CEENGINE results) – a feasibility study for optical backbone interconnecting Eastern European NRENs and connecting them to GEANT. Project codenamed “EPIC” with 13 MEur budget is currently discussed between EC and beneficiary countries.

 

CEENGINE Network Technology Workshop on security

Our last workshop – CEENGINE NRENs Security Workshop was organized in Tbilisi, from 4th  to 7th of December, 2013. The event co-organized by CEENET/CEENGINE and GEANT provided a number of presentation on security technologies, policies and general matters relevant to NRENs for over 60 participants from Europe. Hosted in excellent venue of Radisson Iveria Blu Tbilisi, within beautiful surroundings of the ancient city, the workshop provided a nice conclusion of the project and marked the start of closer cooperation with GEANT project.

The programme included 2 days of lectures organised by CEENGINE and one day of relevant security topics from GEANT Campus Best Practices activity. For the first time in CEENET events, eduroam was available, thanks to FUNET.

Pictures from the event are available at Flickr

Electronic copies of the presentations can be downloaded by clicking on the presentation/session title below.

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

 Friday, December 6th, 2013, Campus Best Practices (CBP)

 

 

Over 60 security specialist and network administrators gather in Tbilisi for CEENGINE Network Technology workshop on security

Over 60 leading security specialists from NRENs in Eastern Europe are now participating in CEENGINE Network Technology “Secure Research in Secure Cyberspace”. The event hosted by Georgian Research and Educational Network (GRENA) in Tbilisi is the third and the last workshop of CEENGINE project, executed by CEENET.

Thanks to EC co-funding to CEENGINE project and special co-funding from DEVCO the event has been organised under the umbrella of Eastern Partnership Platform 4 activity.

Our distinguished invited speakers provide a set of talks on various security issues:

  • George Sadowsky – the changing landscape of Internet and future security challenges
  • David Billard – spying on the net and digital forensics,
  • Noria Foukia – legal and technical aspects of privacy
  • Spirydon Dossis – tunneling techniques
  • Miroslaw Maj and Piotr Szeptycki – social engineering for engineers

Stay tuned for future updates!

CEENGINE NRENs Users Workshop – 22nd May 2013 in Kiev

CEENGINE NRENs Users Workshop took place on 22nd May 2013 in Kiev, Ukraine.

The event organised by Central and Eastern European Networking Association (CEENET) within its  FP7 CEENGINE project, was hosted by Ukrainian Research and Academic Network  (URAN) in the premises of Kiev Politechnic Institute (KPI).

The funding for the event came from DG-CONNECT and CEENET (who co-fund CEENGINE project) and from Eastern Partnership (EaP) Platform IV/ Multilateral Part of the European Neigborhood Policy Instrument (ENPI) who provided substantial financial support to the project logistics and travel of the participants.

The Workshop was attended by over 70 paticipants from 14 countries, with majority representing EaP stakeholders in R&D – identified as important NRENs users by CEENGINE project. The event also attracted government representatives from Moldova, Ukraine & Belarus. European Union was represented by DG-CONNECT, a number of selected infrastructure projects (GEANT, EGI, DRIHMS, Global Excursion) and organisations from NRENs environment (JANET, TERENA, CEENET).

The objective of the workshop was to involve NRENs users in shaping NRENs future, to turn NRENs users into NRENs supporters, rather than passive consumers of NRENs services.  For this purpose a workshop was organised into 4 sessions,  aiming to discuss the following issues:

  1. „Background preparation” – a session devoted to explaining the case of NRENs and research infrastructures now, in Horizon 2020 and to discuss related collaboration between EaP countires and Europe
  2. „Meet the leaders” – a session demonstrating the most relevant and promising, selected projects supported by European Commission, who may be looking for partners from EaP countries.
  3. „Local dimension” – a set of presentations showing the status and the future plans for e-Infrastructure development in EaP region.  This session included an interesting discussion on development of regional network along the eastern frontiers of GEANT.
  4. „Challenges” – the objective of this part of the event was to discuss the role of key stakeholders in eInfrastructure in its development – including the future ownership, roles and responsibilities, pending issues.

Workshop agenda & presentations:

Session I. Background preparation  
Keynote lecture:NRENs – a primer for innovation and collaboration Oliver Popov, (CEENET/Stockholm University, Sweden)
EC research support to Eastern Europe now &  in Horizon 2020
Jean-Luc Dorel (European Commission, Belgium)
eInfrastructures between East and West
Marat Biktimirov (e-Infrastructure Working Group Russia-EU, Russia)

Session II. Meet the leaders

 
EU Mega-eInfrastructure – GEANT Valentino Cavalli (TERENA/GEANT, The Netherlans)
JANET experience
Josh Howlett (JANET, UK)
European Grid Initiative
Catherine Gater (European Grid Initiative, The Netherlands) (Over H.323)
DRIHMS – Distributed Research Infrastructure for Hydro-Meteorology Study
Elisabetta Fiori (CIMA Foundation, Italy)
Global Excursion – New Way to Science Education
Barbara Kieslinger (Centre for Social Innovation, Austria) – remote presentation

Session III. Local dimension

 
Cloud computing development  and service development in Moldova Valeriu Plamadeala (e-Government Center of Moldova)
eInfrastructures in Ukraine
Svetlana Klesova (Ukrainian State Agency for Science)
Success story from Georgia
Zviad Kirtava (Georgia)
TEPID – Towards Eastern Partnership Countries e-Infrastructures Development – mini panel
Vyacheslav Shkarupin (URAN, Ukraine),Peter Bogatencov (RENAM, Moldova),Octavian Rusu (RoEduNet, Romania)

Session IV. Challenges

 
NREN users in Eastern Europe
Krasimir Simonski, (BREN/CEENGINE, Bulgaria)
Users and NRENs – protocooperation or mutualism?
Evgenii Martynov (National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine)
Future owners of the infrastructure – mini panel Oliver Popov (CEENET/Stockholm University, Sweden) Peter Bogatencov (RENAM, Moldova)Michal Przybylski (CEENET/CEENGINE, Poland),Valeriu Plamadeala (e-Government Center of Moldova)

 

The workshop provided good dissemination of eInfrastructures supported by FP7 programme. The participants were very much interested in GEANT services that may be potentially offered to the community within GN3+ (Campus Best Practices, EduRoam, Videoconferencing). Further dissemination of these is required in the region and there is clear demand for future events of this type.

One of important recommendations of the workshop is the need of synchronisation of regional initiatives (especially in the area of the hot topic of building EaP countries backbone spanning NRENs of the region). A success of the event should be also attributed to the co-location of relevant events from different projects (CEENGINE and PICTURE) resulted in increased attendance and impact of each of events. We shall investigate the means to ensure similar coordination in the future.

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Get more photos from CEENGINE Users Workshop on Flickr.

CEENGINE & PICTURE sign Memorandum of Understanding

CEENGINE (FP7 e-Infrastructures) and PICTURE (FP7-ICT) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding. In order to achieve the synergy of both projects operating in virtually the same environments, the parties will:

  • Present CEENGINE and its services at the PICTURE events and vice-versa
  • Invite each other to organized events
  • Exchange analytical materials, produced by the projects
  • Provide Access to the Databases managed by PICTURE project
  • Promote the Databases within CEENGINE community
  • Disseminate CEENGINE & PICTURE Newsletters and other useful materials within both projects’ community
  • Participate jointly in relevant ICT conferences

CEENET would like to express its gratitude towards GRENA for leading this MoU initiative and bridging the two European projects.

CEENGINE Newsletter #7, March 2013

The official newsletter of CEENGINE project, Issue 7, March 2013

Eastern Partnership Workshop on eInfrastructures in Chisinau, Moldova, 11-12 December 2012

eInfrastructures in Eastern Partnership Countries were the topic of discussions during the Eastern Partnership Event in Chisinau – a debate on the was of improving e-infrastructures in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine by ensuring collaboration of the NRENs, academia and policy makers in order to raise awareness of the importance of computer networks and services.

In the result of the meeting a “Chisinau Declaration” signed by over 50 key stakeholders of eInfrastructures has been sent to the European Commission for consideration.

It has been agreed that the region needs a dedicated feasibility study for the establishment of a regional network connecting all Eastern Partnership countries.

CEENGINE goes IPv6

CEENGINE NOC section is now being upgraded with IPv6 tools. At the beginning we shall start with IPv6 testing facilities, that will be subsequently upgraded with additional functionality. From now on, our users will be able to verify their IPv6 status by using “falling-sky” tools. Currently our IPv6 site is available attest-ipv6.ceengine.eu and is listed amongst relevant IPv6-test mirror list. More features to come!

CEENGINE works presented at Tempus/Erasmus workshop in Stockholm

Prof. Popov presented the works of CEENet/CEENGINE at the Tempus, Erasmus, Palme-Lineaus, Erasmus Mundos workshop organised by Swedish Office of Intenational Education on December 12th in Stockholm. CEENGINE findings were presented at Middle East/North Africa session, as the potential expansion region of CEENet.

EXCELLENT CEENGINE REVIEW !

CEENGINE has undergone its third review, after 2 years of operations.

The review, devoted to the assessment of the last year of operations, was held in Brussels. Besides the usual review team – project officer Athina Zampara, the reviewers Dr. Tor Bloch, Dr. Heikki Sundquist and Dr. Fulvio Casali and CEENGINE representation: Dr. Krasimir Simonski, prof. Octavian Rusu, Michal Przybylski, our review was attended by Jean-Luc Durel – GEANT project officer from EC.

The review was very constructive and concentrated to large extent on the challenges of GEANT project in Eastern Europe. In the result of the discussion, CEENGINE was recommended to raise some of its activities to GEANT level.

It is our pleasure to inform that our activities within the project were assessed as “EXCELLENT”.

CEENGINE meets industry in Brussels

The 3rd Annual European Data Protection and Privacy Conference on the 4th December 2012 gave prof. Popov, the leader of CEENGINE WP5 and organizer of CEENGINE Security Workshop (to be held in Baku, Azerbaijan in Autumn 2013), the opportunity to meet and discuss collaboration of leading vendors and international organisations in planned workshop.  Prof. Popov outlined pending security problems of Eastern European NRENs and CEENGINE/CEENET security workshop programme .

CEENGINE keynote and panel in Tbilisi

CEENGINE project has organized a panel session and a keynote lecture during closing day of AICT 2012 conference on 19th October 2012.  conference. The conference is one of the major events bringing together researchers from Southern Caucasus and neighbouring countries.

The keynote lecture presented by Krasimir Simonski raised the issues related to expected financing problems for e-Infrastructures in transition period between FP7 and Horizon 2020. The lecture underlined the necessity for e-Infrastructures as the main component enabling local and international collaboration. GEANT concept as the communication commons (connectivity and research programme) have been discussed in detail, and CEENet role as the catalyser of e-Infrastructures and stimulator of research in the region (project helpdesk activities) has been underlined.

The panel that followed immediately the keynote lecture was attended by representatives of Azerbaijan, Moldova, Georgia, Sri Lanka and USA. The summary of the panel findings was given by Michal Przybylski, during following plenary session.

CEENET/CEENGINE presentation in Belarus

Dr Peter Bogatencov presented CEENGINE and other infrastructure supporting projects during his keynote lecture at The Fourth International Scientific Conference “Supercomputer Systems and Applications” (SSA`2012)”, organized by UIIP NAS Belarus, in Minsk, 23-25.10.2012.

http://ssa2012.bas-net.by/en/

CEENGINE Newsletter #6, November 2012

The official newsletter of CEENGINE project, Issue 6, November 2012

CEENGINE findings discussed at Global Forum in Stockholm

Prof. Oliver Popov has participated in Global Forum in Stockholm 2012 – “Shaping a connected digital future”.

Amongst the number of closed session, one was devoted to the impact of digital technology/Internet in the emerging regions of Southern Caucasus, Central Asia and Subsaharan Africa, where Prof. Popov discussed the findings of CEENGINE for aforementioned regions.

CEENGINE Newsletter #5, SPECIAL GEANT EDITION, June 2012

The official newsletter of CEENGINE project, Issue 5, June 2012. SPECIAL GEANT EDITION

CEENet launches GEANT campaign

Dear Friends,

CEENet decided to capitalize its almost 20-years of history of NRENs incubation and support in Eastern Europe and Central Asia – and to apply for GEANT membership. This application is an effect of unanimous decision of non-GEANT CEENet members and associates who foresee the need for reducing the research and development gap between GEANT and non-GEANT NRENs. Our research within CEENGINE project shows that there is clear demand to enforce GEANT activities in Eastern Europe and to prepare yet non-GEANT NRENs to smooth transition to full GEANT membership. Such enforcement cannot happen without proper representation of non-GEANT NRENs in GEANT.

CEENet, an organisation established by and supporting Eastern Europe and Central Asia NRENs, is a key player in this process. In our belief, GEANT shall be open to all European NRENs and their associations and we would like to ask you for your support in this process. Please find below the rational for our activity and proposed programme.

CEENet Management Committee:

  • Krasimir Simonski – BREN, Bulgaria,
  • Andrey Mendkovich – FREENet, Russia,
  • Oliver Popov – Stockholm Technical University, Sweden,
  • Octavian Rusu – RoEduNet, Romania,
  • Peter Bogatencov – RENAM, Moldova,
  • Vadim Navotny, UzSciNet, Uzbekistan

 

Supported by:

ACONET(Austria), ANA(Albania), ASNET-AM(Armenia), AZRENA(Azerbaijan), BREN(Bulgaria), e-ARENA(Russia) FREENet(Russia), GRENA(Georgia), ISOC-AM(Armenia), KAZRENA(Kazakhstan), MREN(Montenegro), NASK(Poland), RBNET(Russia), RENAM(Moldova), RoEduNet(Romania), SANET(Slovakia), TURENA(Turkmenistan), UARNET(Ukraine) UPT(Albania), URAN(Ukraine), UZSCINET(Uzbekistan)

CEENGINE and Technical University of Ukraine submitted an EOI to capacity building grant to World Bank

CEENGINE and Technical University of Ukraine submitted an EOI to capacity building grant to World Bank

If selected, CEENet will participate in a grant to:

  • Establish and manage a Capacity Building Initiative in a sustainable manner;
  • Undertake a capacity building needs assessment and strategy development;
  • Develop required training content, drawing upon resources of infoDev and its partners, in particular the ICT Regulation Toolkit, and the forthcoming Broadband Strategies Toolkit;
  • Develop required training content, drawing upon resources of infoDev and its partners, in particular the ICT Regulation Toolkit, and the forthcoming Broadband Strategies Toolkit;
  • Deliver training programs aimed at (1) public officials and regulators working in the ICT sector; and (2) students enrolled in formal education programs at the hosting or affiliated university of the Host;
  • Support the broader program on Creating Sustainable Businesses in its activities, notably on broadband competitiveness and mobile applications.
CEENGINE Newsletter #4, March 2012

The official newsletter of CEENGINE project, Issue 4, March 2012

CEENGINE NREN Policy Workshop (Eastern Partnership Event) report

CEENGINE is proud to announce Eastern Partnership Event report – a result of the workshop held in Bucharest in December 2011.

The Eastern Europe Partnership Event was hosted by the National Authority for Scientific Research of Romania in collaboration with RoEduNet and the EC-funded projects SEERA-EI, GÉANT, HP-SEE and CEENGINE. The event provided an opportunity for stakeholders of e-Infrastructures in Eastern Europe, Western Balkans, South Caucasus and central Asia to meet and promote better international visibility.

The most important workshop recommendations include:

  • No researchers from Eastern European countries should be left out of global science due to a lack of e-Infrastructure.
  • Countries building-up their e-Infrastructures are urged to integrate the acquisition of rights for a nation-wide dark fibre backbone as a national priority
  • The CEENGINE FP7 project identifies novel policies, services and user communities that can play a transformative role in assisting some CEENet members evolving to e-Infrastructure providers with special emphasis on supporting and developing e-Science applications

Download full report

CEENGINE Newsletter #3, January 2012

The official newsletter of CEENGINE project, Issue 3, January 2012

CEENGINE NREN Policy Workshop was a success

We are pleased to inform about the successful completion of the CEENGINE Policy Workshop. With attendance of over 80 NRENs managers and politicians we were able to discuss the most important issues related to NRENs and their political environment. We have seen the successful cases of Romania and Serbia which can be good examples for our region. We expect the full report from the workshop around January 2012

Good CEENGINE review in Brussels

It is already half of the project and we are happy to mark a good score at our mid-term review in Brussels. One of the important outputs of the review was the recommendation on intensyfying our contacts with users. In January we will start our campaign and further investigation of our users community

Octavian Rusu of ROEDUNET appointed new CEENGINE coordinator

It is our pleasure to inform that dr Octavian Rusu has accepted the role of the new coordinator of CEENGINE project. He will be take the vacant position resulting from Jacek Gajewski’s retirement in December.

CEENGINE NREN Policy Workshop in Bucharest

CEENGINE has a pleasure to invite all NRENs managers and stakeholders to its NREN Policy Workshop – an event aiming at strengthening the position and sustainability of NRENs in Eastern Europe, Caucassus and Central Asia.

Event website: http://www.terena.org/activities/development-support/epe/agenda.html

Date & Location

CEENGINE NREN Policy Workshop will take place on 7-8 November 2011 in Bucharest.

Organisation

The event  is co-organised by CEENGINE, GEANT and HP-SEE and it is hosted by Romanian Authority for Scientific Research (i.e. Ministry of Science)

Target audience:

  • policy and decision makers,
  • representatives of EU,
  • NREN managers,
  • project coordinators

Workshop topics:

  • NREN structure, organization and management,
  • Relation to national agencies and ministries, research and education institutions, European  and international  associations and organizations,
  • Funding mechanisms and sustainability
  • Special sessions on
    • developing an NREN,
    • building cross border links – from MoUs to procurement, implementation and operations
  • CEENet Global Outreach Concept
CEENGINE Newsletter #2, October 2011

The official newsletter of CEENGINE project, Issue 2, October 2011

CEENGINE meeting in Kiev

CEENGINE meeting will be held in Kiev on 9-10 September 2011. The meeting will summarise the first year of the project and provide the planning of work for 2012

CEENGINE supports Lviv Information Center

A new initiative of the construction of Lviv Information Center is supported by CEENGINE. Upon the request of our Ukrainian partners from Lviv we are organising a meeting between researchers from Lviv (Ukraine) and potential partners from Rzeszów and Lublin (Poland) to create a consortium able to apply for ENPI grant from PL-BY-UA programme. The meeting will be organized within the 3rd Partner Search Forum in Lublin on August 30th 2011.

CEENGINE press release in Russian

Вена, Амстердам, 08.06.2011

 

Маленький проект и большие результаты

 

Политика Ассоциации Сетей Центральной и Восточной Европы (CEENet) по стимулированию восточно-европейских и центрально-азиатских научно-образовательных сетей теперь дополнена проектом CEENGINE (Двигатель сетей Центральной и Восточной Европы), начатым Европейской Комиссией в рамках программы «7th Framework».

Этот трехгодичный проект, начатый в июле 2010, должен повторить прошлые успехи CEENet в области поддержки создания, формирования и развития национальных научно-образовательных сетей в Центральной, Восточной и Южной Европе, а также в Центральной Азии.

При продержке Комиссии Ассоциация будет более активно принимать участие в развитии этих научно-образовательных сетей и вовлечении их в GÉANT3, европейскую научно-образовательную магистральную сеть.

Развитие научно-образовательных сетей – сложный процесс, в котором участвуют стороны с разными взглядами и целями. Задачей CEENGINE является изучение развития научно-образовательных сетей в Восточной Европе и Центральной Азии. CEENGINE также координирует существующие проекты, направленные на то, чтобы усилить позиции научно-образовательных сетей в регионе. В их числе: работы в сфере НИОКР, тренинги персонала, создание трансграничных соединений и политическая поддержка.

Деятельность CEENet показала свою высокую эффективность в Восточной Европе и Центральной Азии, а CEENGINE сделает потенциально возможным распространение поддержки CEENet в других слаборазвитых регионах, например, в Тропической Африке.

Важная причина успехов CEENGINE – тесное сотрудничество с GÉANT3 и TERENA.

«Опыт CEENet – ценный актив, который поможет нам усилить наши связи с местными научно-образовательными сетями, – считает Василис Магралис, председатель Комитета Национальной Научно-Образовательной и Сетевой Политики проекта GÉANT3. – Мы рады, что Европейская Комиссия поддерживает такие проекты и мы надеемся на эффективную работу в этом регионе».

«TERENA поддерживает новые сообщества на территории Европы на протяжении последних лет, основывая свою работу на сотрудничестве с организациями, входящими в ее состав. CEENet накопила 20-летний опыт развития в Восточной Европе местных научно-образовательных сетей, – говорит Карл Витч, Генеральный Секретарь TERENA. – Идет успешное сотрудничество CEENet и TERENA в рамках проектов по поддержке сетевого развития. Одно из таких совместных мероприятий пройдет в рамках узловой Конференции по проблемам информационной инфраструктуры Восточной Европы, которая состоится 7-8 ноября 2011 в Бухаресте. Мы верим, что с помощью этого мероприятия добьемся существенного эффекта в регионе».

Профессор А. С. Мендкович, Председатель CEENet, уверен в этом проекте. «Это большая честь и большие возможности, – считает он. – У нас есть шанс значительно расширить свою деятельность в регионе. Это маленький проект, но его результаты будут весьма большими».

Справка:

CEENet некоммерческая ассоциация, зарегистрированная в 1999 году в Австрии. Ее участниками являются 22 организации из Восточной Европы и Центральной Азии. CEENet сотрудничала проектом «Виртуального шелкового пути», который был направлен на предоставление качественных высокоскоростных спутниковых соединений с GÉANT для стран в Закавказья и Центральной Азии. Этот проект заменила иная инициатива CEENet – «Porta Optica», в рамках которой оценивается готовности научно-образовательных сетей к широкополосным соединениям, а в перспективе – к участию в проекте Черноморского Соединения (BSI), который должен в конечном итоге соединить Закавказье (Армению, Азербайджан, Грузию) с оптоволоконными сетями GÉANT3.

CEENGINE координирует свою работу только с CEENet, которая является его единственным партнером.

CEENGINE press release in Georgian

ვენა, ამსტერდამი, თბილისი, 08.06.2011

პატარა პროექტი დიდი შედეგებით

ცენტრალური და აღმოსავლეთ ევროპის ქსელური ასოციაცია CEENet-ის ვალდებულება, ხელი შეუწყოს აღმოსავლეთ ევროპის და ცენტრალური აზიის NREN-ების (ნაციონალური სამეცნიერო-საგანმანათლებლო ქსელები) განვითარებას, ამჟამად კიდევ უფრო გაიზარდა CEENGINE (ცენტრალური და აღმოსავლეთ ევროპის ქსელების ძრავი) პროექტის ფარგლებში, რომელიც დაფინანსებულია ევროკომისიის მე-7 ჩარჩო პროგრამის მიერ.

სამწლიანი პროექტი, რომელიც დაიწყო 2010 წლის ივლისში, გამოიყენებს CEENet-ის წარმატებულ გამოცდილებას სტიმულირება გაუწიოს და გააღრმაოს ის საქმიანობა, რომელიც დაკავშირებულია ნაციონალური სამეცნიერო-საგანმანათლებლო ქსელების შექმნასა და განვითარებასთან ცენტრალურ, აღმოსავლეთ და სამხრეთ ევროპაში, აგრეთვე ცენტრალურ აზიაში.

ევროკომისიის დახმარებით, ასოციაცია უფრო აქტიურად ჩაერთვება ამ NREN-ების მიმდინარე განვითარებაში  და GEANT3-ში (ევროპის სამეცნიერო-საგანმანათლებლო მაგისტრალური ქსელი) მათი ინტეგრაციის პროცესში.

NREN-ის განვითარება წარმოადგენს რთულ პროცესს, რომელშიც მონაწილე მხარეებს გააჩნიათ სხვადასხვა ხედვა და მიზნები. CEENGINE პროექტის ამოცანაა დეტალურად გამოიკვლიოს აღმოსავლეთ ევროპის და ცენტრალური აზიის NREN-ების განვითარების მდგომარეობა. CEENGINE კოორდინირებას გაუწევს მიმდინარე აქტივობებს, რათა NREN-ებმა გაიძლიერონ თავიანთი პოზიცია რეგიონში. პროექტი დაეხმარება NREN-ებს კვლევებსა და განვითარებაში, თანამშრომელთა ტრეინინგებში, საერთაშორისო არხების ორგანიზებაში და პოლიტიკური მხარდაჭერის მოპოვებაში.

CEENet-ის საქმიანობა ძალზედ ეფექტური აღმოჩნდა აღმოსავლეთ ევროპასა და ცენტრალურ აზიაში, ამიტომ CEENGINE პროექტის ფარგლებში აგრეთვე შეფასებული იქნება CEENet-ის დახმარების გაფართოების შესაძლებლობა სხვა ნაკლებად განვითარებული რეგიონებისათვის (მაგალითად აფრიკისათვის).

CEENGINE პროექტის წარმატების მნიშვნელოვანი ფაქტორია მჭიდრო თანამშრომლობა GEANT3-თან და  TERENA-სთან (ტრანს-ევროპული სამეცნიერო-საგანმანათლებლო ქსელების ასოციაცია).

”CEENet-ის გამოცდილება ამ რეგიონში არის მნიშვნელოვანი აქტივი, რომელიც ჩვენ დაგვეხმარება კავშირების გაფართოებაში ადგილობრივ NREN-ებთან”, აღნიშნა GEANT3 პროექტის ნაციონალური სამეცნიერო-საგანმანათლებლო ქსელების სტრატეგიის კომიტეტის თავმჯდომარემ ვასილის მაგლარისმა. ”ჩვენ მოხარულები ვართ რომ ევროკომისიამ სათანადოდ შეაფასა ეს საქმიანობა და ველოდებით შესაბამის რეაგირებას ამ რეგიონიდან”.

”TERENA უკვე რამდენიმე წელია ეხმარება განვითარებად საზოგადოებებს სამხრეთ-აღმოსავლეთ ევროპაში და აძლიერებს თავის საქმიანობას TERENA-ს წევრ ორგანიზაციებთან. CEENet-ს გააჩნია მნიშვნელოვანი ცოდნა აღმოსავლეთ ევროპის რეგიონის და მისი NREN-ების შესახებ, რომელიც დაფუძნებულია საგანმანათლებლო ქსელებთან ოცწლიან თანამშრომლობაზე” აღნიშნა  TERENA-ს გენერალურმა მდივანმა კარელ ვიჩმა. ”მიმდინარეობს ნაყოფიერი თანამშრომლობა  TERENA-სა და CEENet-ს შორის ქსელების განვითარების ხელშეწყობის კუთხით. თანამშრომლობის ერთ მაგალითს წარმოადგენს ერთობლივად ორგანიზებული წარმომადგენლობითი კონფერენცია აღმოსავლეთ ევროპაში ე-ინფრასტრუქტურის სტრატეგიის შესახებ, რომელიც გაიმართება 2011 წლის 7-8 ნოემბერს ბუქარესტში. ჩვენ გვჯერა, რომ ამ შეხვედრას ექნება დადებითი შედეგი რეგიონისთვის”.

CEENet თავმჯდომარე პროფესორი ანდრეი მენდკოვიჩი დარწმუნებულია პროექტის წარმატებაში. ის აღნიშნავს, რომ ”ეს არის დიდი პატივი და დიდი პასუხისმგებლობა. ჩვენ გვაქვს შანსი მნიშვნელოვნად გავაძლიეროთ ჩვენი თანამშრომლობა რეგიონთან. ეს არის პატარა პროექტი დიდი შედეგებით.”

CEENGINE press release – Azeri

Vyana, Amsterdam, 08.06.2011

Böyük nəticələri olan kiçik layihə

Mərkəzi və Şərqi Avropa Şəbəkələri Assosiasiyası (CEENet) Şərqi Avropa və Mərkəzi Asiya Milli Tədqiqat və Təhsil Şəbəkələrini canlandırmaqdadavamlı öhdəlik götürmüşdür. Hal-hazırda isə 7-ci Çərçivə Proqramı üzrə Avropa Komissiyası tərəfindən maliyyələşdirilən CEENGINE (Mərkəzi vəŞərqi Avropa Şəbəkə Motorlayihəsini genişləndirilir.

2010-cu ilin iyulundan başlayan üç illik layihə CEENet keçmiş uğurlar üzərində inşa edilmiş Mərkəzi, Şərqi və Cənubi-ci ildə Avropa və MərkəziAsiyada Milli Tədqiqat və Təhsil Şəbəkələrinin yenidən uzun müddətə yaradılmasıinkubasiyası və inkişafını bağlı CEENet-in işlərini həyata keçirəcəkdir.

Komissiya dəstəyi iləAssosiasiya (CEENet) GÉANT3 – Avropa Təhsil və Tədqiat şəbkəsi istiqamətində bu Milli Tədqiqat və Təhsil Şəbəkələrinin daha sabit və intensiv inkişafı ilə məşgul olacaq.

Bir MTTŞ-in inkişafı müxtəlif fikirləri və məqsədləri olan oyunçuların cəlb olunduğu mürəkkəb prosesdir. CEENGINE layihəsinin məqsədi benchmark üçün Şərqi Avropa və Mərkəzi Asiyada MTTŞ-in cari vəziyyətini inkişaf etdirməkdir. CEENGINE MTTŞ-in regionda mövqeyini gücləndirmək üçün olan bütün fəaliyyətlərini birləşdirir və R & D dəstək, kadr hazırlığı, trans-sərhəd keçid və siyasi dəstək bunlara daxildir.

CEENetin fəaliyyəti Şərqi Avropa və Mərkəzi Asiyada çox səmərəli olmuşdur və CEENGINE (Alt-Sahara Afrika kimi) daha az inkişaf etmiş digər bölgələrdə CEENetin dəstəyinin genişləndirilməsi imkanlarını qiymətləndirəcəkdir.

CEENGINE  uğurlarının ən mühüm amillərindən birini GÉANT3 və TERENA ilə sıx əməkdaşlıq və sinerji təşkil edir.

“Bu regionda CEENetin aktiv təcrübəsi bizə yerli MTTŞ-in bağlantılarını gücləndirmək üçün dəyərli kömək edir” deyə GÉANT3 layihəsinin Milli Tədqiqat və Təhsil Şəbəkələri üzrə Siyasət Komitəsi (NREN PC) sədri Vasilis Maglaris bildirib “Biz Avropa Komissiyası bu kimi işləri qiymətləndirməsinə çox şadiq və bu regionda yaxşə nəticələri gözləyirik”.

“TERENA bir neçə il ərzində cənub-şərqi Avropada yaranan icmalara dəstək olmuşdur və ona üzv olan təşkilatlarla işlərini daha da gücləndirir. CEENet Şərqi Avropa regionunda və onun MTTŞ-də onların iyirmi illik uzunmüddətli əsaslı akademik şəbəkə dəstəyi əsasında əsas kompetentliyi inkişaf etmişdir “, Karel Vitç, TERENA-nın Baş katibi bildirib.” TERENA və CEENe-tin Şəbəkə İnkişafına Dəstək fəaliyyətləri arasında sinerji var. Belə müştərək əməkdaşlıq tədbirlərindən biri Buxarestdə 7-8 noyabr 2011-ci il tarixində keçiriləcək Şərqi Avropada E-infrastrukturlar üzrə birgə Siyasi seminardır. Biz inanırıq ki, bu tədbir regionda faydalı təsir buraxacaq və biz onun müsbət nəticələrini görəcəyik.

CEENet-in sədri, Prof Andrey S. Mendkoviçin layihəyə böyük inamı var. “Bu, böyük bir şərəf və böyük bir imkandır”, o deyir “Bizim regionda olan fəaliyyətimizə  böyük bir  təkan vermək şansımız var. Bu, böyük nəticələr olan kiçik bir layihədir”.

Məlumat:

CEENet Şərqi Avropa və Mərkəzi Asiyadan olan iyirmi iki üzvü ilə birlikdə 1999-cu ildə Avstriyada qeyri-kommersiya  Asossasiyası kimi qeydiyyatdan keçmişdir. CEENet Cənubi Qafqaz və Mərkəzi Asiyada peyk vasitəsilə yüksək sürətli və yüksək güclü İnternet bağlantısı təmin edən GÉANT-la birgə Virtual İpək Yolu layihəsində fəaliyyət göstərmişdir. CEENet tərəfindən dəstəklənən İPƏK layihəsi, “Porta Optica” adlı layihə başqa, əvəz olunmuşdur, hansı ki,  MTTŞ-in Qara Dəniz Layihəsi (BSİ) tərəfindən genişzolaqlı bağlantıya  hazırlığı yoxlanlmış və qiymətləndirilmiş və nəhayət, Cənubi Qafqaz ölkələri (Ermənistan, Azərbaycan, Gürcüstan) Optik linkdən  istifadə üçün GÉANT3 layihəsinə qoşulmuşdur.
Bu CEENGINE layihəsinin yeganə tərəfdaşı və əlaqələndiricisi CEENetdir.

CEENGINE Newsletter #1, June 2011

The official newsletter of CEENGINE project, Issue 1, June 2011

CEENGINE progress reviewed as “good”

It is our pleasure to inform that the first CEENGINE review has been conducted successfully and the results of the review are “good”

As the reviewers say:

“The work plan was, overall well adhered to  and the presentation material presented at the review to outline the detailed plans and giving all the requisite background for everybody to follow was abundant (more than 70 slides with real contents) and excellent.  The material and the discussions served to remind us all  about the vast and deep knowledge the CEENGINE Management team has built up about all these “peripheral” countries through many and various initiatives towards them in the past (CERT creations, Network academies with CISCO, organization of many technical and management workshops, etc.)”

We are looking forward to future challenges with CEENGINE

CEENGINE Press Release

A small project with great consequences

 

The continuing commitment of the Central and Eastern European Networking Association (CEENet) to animating Eastern European and Central Asian NRENs is now enhanced by the CEENGINE (Central and Eastern European Networking Engine) project, funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme.

Started on July 2010, this three-year long enterprise will build on the past successes of CEENet in re-enforcing and stimulating CEENet activities related to the creation, incubation and development of National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) in Central, Eastern and Southern Europe and in Central Asia.

With Commission support, the Association will engage more intensively and aggressively in the current and ongoing development of these NRENs towards GÉANT3 – the European research and education backbone network.

The development of an NREN is a complex process involving players with different visions and goals. The objective of CEENGINE is to benchmark the current state of NREN development in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. CEENGINE coordinates ongoing activities in order to strengthen the position of NRENs in the region and includes R&D support, staff training, cross-border connections and political support.

CEENet activities have proven very effective in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and CEENGINE will evaluate the possibility of extending CEENet support to other less-developed regions (such as Sub-Saharan Africa).

An important factor in the success of CEENGINE is the close cooperation and synergy with GÉANT3 and TERENA.

“CEENet’s experience in this region is a valuable asset, which can help us to strengthen our links to local NRENs”, said Vasilis Maglaris, the Chairman of the National Research & Education Networks Policy Committee (NREN PC) of the GÉANT3 project. “We are happy to see that the European Commission rewards such activities and we are looking forward to feedback from this region”.

„TERENA has been supporting emerging communities in southeast Europe for several years, building on the strength of its work with TERENA member organisations. CEENet has developed solid competence in the Eastern European region and its NRENs, based on their twenty-year long support for academic networking there”, said Karel Vietch, Secretary General of TERENA.„There is synergy between the Networking Development Support activities of TERENA and CEENet. One of these collaboration events will take place in a joint Policy Workshop on E-Infrastructures in Eastern Europe on 7-8 November 2011 in Bucharest. We believe that this event will have a beneficial impact on the region and are looking forward to it”.

Prof. Andrey S. Mendkovich, Chairman of CEENet, has confidence in the project. „This is a great honour and a great opportunity„, he says. „We have a chance of a major boost of our activities the region. This is a small project with great consequences”.

Background:

CEENet is not-for-profit association, registered in 1999 in Austria, with twenty-two members from Eastern Europe and Central Asia. CEENet co-operated with Virtual Silk Highway project, which provided satellite connections to ensure a high-speed and high-capacity Internet connection to GÉANT for the South Caucasus and Central Asia. The SILK project has been replaced by another project supported by CEENet, called „Porta Optica”, which assessed and verified the readiness of NRENs for broadband connectivity – and also by the Black Sea Interconnection (BSI) project, which finally connected the Southern Caucasus countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia) to GÉANT3 using optical links.

The CEENGINE project is coordinated by the CEENet, which is the only partner.