2007 Innovations in Networking Winners

Educational Applications:
EduStream.org — Like districts everywhere, the San Bernardino Community College District (SBCCD) enhances its educational offering with rich media, including telecourses. Such courses can sometimes confront limitations where face-to-face class time is often dedicated to testing instead of quality interactions between students and faculty and students themselves. Solving this problem with video-on-demand can be costly. The solution developed by the SBCCD is EduStream.org, an educational rich media application that empowers colleges to offer video content to enhance course offerings while addressing producers' authentication and copyright concerns.

High-Performance Research:
iAnatomy — Using the Gigabit connectivity between CalREN and the Canadian research and education network CA*net4, via Pacific Wave, a joint project of Pacific NorthWest Gigapop and CENIC, Stanford University has collaborated with the Northern Ontario School of Medicine to create iAnatomy, a project by which faculty and students can interact live with Stanford.s Bassett Collection of high-resolution medical images, including 3-D images, during classroom presentations. As an illustration of the benefits of broadband connectivity for distributed medical learning, the iAnatomy project is particularly valuable. Not only does it offer an example of how to make expert resources available to the research and education community worldwide, but it functions quickly and seamlessly, without a prohibitively steep learning curve.

Gigabit/Broadband:
Connecting Coachella Valley to the World — Robert Webb's and the Webb Foundation's dream was to bridge the "digital divide" in their local community. The Foundation began an annual "Heads Up" technology seminar with local network administrators where they discussed advances in computers, networking, and local infrastructure needs. Subsequently, the Webb Foundation provided a planning grant to CENIC to identify opportunities for improving networking in the region. As a result of this work, and with the help of The H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation, CENIC, and its grantees, a 400-mile, $3.4 million fiber path now extends the CalREN backbone through the Coachella Valley. The area now enjoys state-of-the-art broadband Internet connectivity which promises to educate as well as benefit the community at large for many years to come. Already, the University of California Riverside and the California State University San Bernardino's Palm Desert campuses, as well as the College of the Desert, currently enjoy world-class connectivity to their colleagues in California and around the world.

The Kings County Last Mile Project — Kings County is a rural county situated in the southern Central Valley and, as a rural county faced with unique networking challenges, it required an innovative and visionary solution to bring the benefits of broadband to its K-12 students, faculty, and staff. Thanks to Jerry Waymire of the Kings County Office of Education, the county is now covered with high-capacity wireless microwave connections for all 54 schools and 11 wireless cells utilizing Motorola's Canopy product that provide for educational-use-only connectivity for students and faculty at home.


2006 Innovations in Networking Winners

Educational Applications:
Acme Animation — Acme Animation ia an educational project that uses IP-based videoconferencing to connect students in California schools with experts in digital animation from major studios such as Pixar, Disney, Dreamworks, Warner Brothers, and Sony. Students learn digital animation skills and important lessons about working in the animation industry through their discussions with professional animators.

High-Performance Research:
MonALISA — MonALISA, developed over the last four years by Caltech and its partners at CERN and the Universitatea Politehnica Bucharest, is a globally scalable framework of services to monitor and help manage and optimize the operational performance of computing grids, networks, and running applications in real-time. This framework is ideal for creating and dynamically managing dispersed collaborative environments over Internet networks.

Experimental/Developmental:
iGrid 2005 — iGrid 2005 host Larry Smarr, Director of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), and iGrid's co-chairs, Maxine Brown of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and Tom DeFanti of UIC and Calit2 accepted this award for iGrid 2005. More than four dozen pioneering applications from 20 countries showcased at the September event in San Diego, many of them linking different countries on different continents.

Gigabit/Broadband:
Loma Linda Connected Communities Program — Through the Loma Linda Connected Communities Program, Loma Linda has become one of only 40 cities nationwide that provide fiber-to-the-home and business directly to residents and to include such specifications in their building law. Residents now enjoy connectivity of the sort that only universities and top business parks claim elsewhere in the US.