A Practical Navigator for the Internet Economy
We re now in our twenty fourth year of publication. (Our first issue was April 1992.) We publish 6 times a year - long in depth reports on subjects of intense personal intertest. Meanwhile our most important revenue producing operation is the offering of a private subscription only forum now in its eleventh year. The Forum is a mail list called the Architecture and Economics of IP Networks. It is a community of interest where more than 100 members discuss issues and trade ideas. I do not screen posts in advance. Foir more informatrion see the menu item "Business Model and Mail List Policy."
Some of the topics we explore:
- economic framework for thinking about technology
- fiber as economic infrastructure
- change from PSTN to all IP over fiber
- business models- domestic and global
- green IT, mobility, wireless
- new carrier models
- community fiber
- enterprise fiber & NRENs
Click HERE for a mind map that shows how these topics relate
Understanding the Changing Nature of Science in the 21st Century
Two Complementary Approaches to eScience: “Big Science and Global and in the Netherlands - Focused and National
The first approach is that of Tony Hey United Kingdom particle physicist and the second began with Bob Hertzberger particle physicist from the Netherlands. This issue interviews Tony Hey who preaches the establishment of an open-source vision through which new advances in science will be open to all by way of the Internet. The Dutch view is more pragmatic and builds upon the strengths developed by the Netherlands as a smaller nation state that is putting together an approach that is complementary to that of the big science big data approach of the United States and United Kingdom.
Our preceding issue focused on Wilco Hazeleger the eScience Center Director who runs the Netherlands eScience Center. The Dutch Center has developed techniques of jungle computing and reusable software and is focused on a new role where “eScience engineers” bridge the gap between specialized knowledge of the domain scientist and a new class of scientific researcher that shows the domain scientist how to use the more specialized toolsets necessary for "big science" collaborative efforts executed on a global basis. The result is a very fascinating mixture of approaches where – given the Dutch approach -- smaller scale projects can develop alongside of the multi-decade-long planning cycles now required for building infrastructure needed to solve the largest grand challenges.
This issue looks at the approach of Tony Hey who gave this new way of doing things the nickname of the "fourth paradigm" and compares it to the somewhat different but definitely compatible approach of the smaller scale projects being done at the Netherlands eScience Center.
Executive Sumary and Contents of this issue are found here: