Connecting research communities across the world
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Research today is a global activity and GÉANT continues to extend its worldwide connectivity for the benefit of the entire European research community. Research on this scale is becoming increasingly important for many worldwide issues. European researchers in fields such as seismology, particle physics, weather forecasting and climate change need to be able to work more closely than ever before with their global counterparts.
The exchange of knowledge is of great importance in the modern world, helping communities around the globe to understand and share ideas on the latest developments and best practices in their fields. Universities with campuses in different countries also need to be able to guarantee connectivity between their different sites.
In addition to its pan-European reach, the GÉANT network has extensive links to networks in other world regions including North America, Latin America, the Caribbean, North Africa and the Middle East, Southern and Eastern Africa, the South Caucasus, Central Asia and the Asia-Pacific Region. Work is also on-going to connect to Western and Central Africa.
Consequently GÉANT’s extensive geographical reach enables European researchers to share huge quantities of data and collaborate effectively with their peers throughout the world, whilst also providing the infrastructure essential to support global educational activities, regardless of distance or location.
Interconnecting multiple networks across the world raises challenges for the provision of interoperable multi-domain networking services. In order to meet these challenges, the GÉANT community is a member of the transatlantic DICE collaboration
. DICE brings together technical staff and developers from Research and Education Networks in Europe and North America to discuss issues of common interest and develop seamless interoperable services, whilst influencing research and education networks worldwide and developments in the internet of the future.
Global connectivity benefits communities worldwide
As well supporting the connectivity needs of big science, GÉANT’s global reach also benefits projects of social benefit including e-health, e-learning and the arts and humanities, thereby having a direct positive impact on the lives of people all around the world. To learn more about some of these stories visit the Users and Applications
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