The Fourth CEENet Workshop on Network Technology 22-30 August 1998, Bratislava, Czech Republic

Bratislava was the next stop for the CEENet Network Technology train.

Moreover, it was the place where CEENet education endeavor cross new frontiers and open new horizons with establishing a track which deals with the application of computing and communication technology into the realm of education.
The home of the Workshop was the Slovak Technical University, actually the Computer Science Department and the Computer Center. The workshop opened on August 22, 1998, at the Big Lecture Hall of the University, with the presence of Dr. Pavol Horvath, the Director of SANET, Mr. Jonathan Peizer, the Chief Information Technology Officer of Soros Foundation, Dr. Jean-Paul Nadreau, the NATO-Codirector of the Workshop and Vice-chancellor for research of the University of Quebec, Dr. Jacek Gajewski and Professor Dr. Oliver B. Popov, both from CEENet. They all gave short welcome speeches.
The form and the structure of the education system followed the establishedpattern since the very beginning of the workshops, comprised of three different types of activities: scientific lectures, the presentations given by the sponsors, and finally the free style evening lectures. Due to the large number of sponsors and the topics covered, very few of the evening lectures unlike the previous years, were devoted to the social and the cultural implications of the network technology. Professor Popov and Dr. Gajewski moderated all of the sponsor’s spotlights and evening lectures. Eighteen lecturers from fourteen different countries carried out the
Scientific Programme. Six more lecturers, who came from our sponsors, joined the CEENet team. For the first time, we had topics like Internet commerce, the concept of portals, robots, and distributed indexing, and security in RAS.Moreover, we had a complete new track termed as Wired Education. The track proved to be very successful one. For the execution of the programme for this track, our Nordic crew made up of lecturers from Estonia, Finland and Sweden was responsible.
There were a number of joint lectures for the three tracks. The Workshop guest of honor, Mr. Ed Kozel, from Cisco Systems, gave one of the most interesting and inspiring lectures. He talked about the profound changes in the telecommunication industry, the new Internet itself and the implications of these changes in CIT to all aspects of life.
The workshop academic endeavor, which means the Programme and thelecturers, was very highly evaluated. Indeed, the programme relevance, thequality of teaching and instruction, and the suitability and usefulness of the distributed materials, had higher grades then any of the workshops in the past.
 The addition of one more track meant new challenge for all of the people involved with the preparation of the workshop. As time went by, it became clear that the Wired Education track would have a very positive spill over into the other tracks. Programme was quite demanding and completely absorbing for most of the attendees, which also help to keep the vitality of the learning environment established during the very first workshop. The best students in each of the tracks, received Palm Pilot PDAs donated by the 3Com corporation. The gift from O’Reilly enabled us to distribute three hundred books among the attendees.
 The Workshop was financed by two grants: one from Soros Foundation and thesecond from the NATO Science Programme. Hence, we would like to express our deepest gratitude and sincere appreciation to Mr. Jonathan Peizer from theSoros Foundation and NATO Science Policy Committee for their continuossupport of the CEENet educational activities.
 SANET, the research and educational network of Slovakia and a member o fCEENet, provided the external connectivity. Our special thanks to Dr. Pavol Horvath, Mr. Jaroslav Bobovsky, and their associates for giving
crucial logistic assistance and hospitality. Many aspects of the workshoplogistics (eg. travel arrangments and ticket reimbursement, lecture textcollection) were dealt by the experienced team from Estonia: Mrs Anne
Mardimae and Mrs. Riina Reinumagi.
 We would like to extended our appreciation to all the lecturers and the attendees, sponsors and anyone who gave their time, shared their knowledge, and distributed the spirit of co-operation and collaboration through the CEENet Human Network.
 The Knowledge Resources of the Workshop