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GÉANT is the pan-european research and education Network

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Musicians and dancers from three countries perform live via video links

A music and dance performance in Copenhagen, Denmark, included a live feed of musicians in London, United Kingdom, and dancers from Barcelona, Spain.

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Protecting the Earth from hazardous asteroids

On 19 April 2017 the ‘Rock’ asteroid made an uncomfortably close pass to Earth – the closest in 400 years. The first step to protecting against such hazards is to monitor them to calculate their precise orbits; this requires fast, reliable internet connections so that the huge volumes of observation data involved can be sent speedily and reliably to researchers around the world for analysis.

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Harnessing Turkmenistan’s sunshine

Developing alternative, greener energy sources is a key priority across the world. However many countries simply don’t have the infrastructure and skills needed to create renewable energy industries from scratch. Technology, and in particular research networks, can help develop these skills, transferring knowledge to build the industry and train a new generation of local engineers, making it possible to harness freely available natural resources.

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Leveraging cloud services for better patient care

ARES (Advanced networking for the EU genomic Research) is implementing novel genome content distribution solutions to make large data sets accessible to healthcare practitioners for better patient care. Robust and bottleneck-free data networks are key to the success of this vital undertaking.

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Driving the bioinformatics revolution in life sciences

The European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) near Cambrigde, UK distributes datasets worldwide using R&E connectivity. This biological data enables the discovery of new drugs, new diagnostics and increasingly new agro-chemicals. The Institute’s work, which includes the 1000 Genomes Project, has generated petabytes of data and this growth is showing no signs of abating. On-demand bandwidth over R&E networks is critical to their ongoing work.

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Bringing high-speed internet to the birthplace of Zeus

Answering questions about the origins of Greek culture and athletics are at the heart of the Mt. Lykaion Excavation and Survey Project in Arcadia, Greece. Collaborative efforts within the R&E networking community have helped make the lives of the many archeologists in the field easier by bringing high-speed internet to the site.

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Making sure that the voices of genocide survivors are heard and not forgotten

Shortly after the filming of Schindler’s List, Steven Spielberg established the Shoah Foundation to document the experiences of Holocaust survivors and witnesses of other genocides via video testimonies. High-speed R&E networks, combined with high-capacity data storage, contribute to ensuring digital preservation of these historic memories.

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Technology and sports science: a winning team

Technology is rapidly changing the way athletes and sports coaches work together. Accurate feedback and reliable assessment techniques are the main ingredients to maintain and improve performances or to effectively recover from sport injuries. Remote sensing and data sonification, underpinned by high-capacity connectivity, can improve standard data analysis techniques currently employed in some aspects of biomedical science, including sports science and rehabilitation.

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Two pipe organs 2000 km apart in concert

Because of its sheer size, a pipe organ is bound to the location where it’s situated. That is why it is very rare for organists to be able to play together. Until now, that is. A magic moment occurred at theTNC16 research and education network conference in Prague: two organs more than 2000 km apart will play a concert together, thus creating a completely new musical experience.

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Researching the sea: a collaborative effort brings together oceanographers from around the world

The Spanish Institute of Oceanography is one of the first organisations in the world to solely dedicate itself to researching the sea and its resources. Its broad and diversified activities require an accurate database capable of accommodating millions of data items, as well as a powerful connections to researchers and national and international centres with which it shares information.

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eduroam unstoppable

eduroam unstoppable

eduroam (education roaming) is the secure, worldwide roaming access developed for the international research and education community. Since its launch in Europe in 2003, eduroam has gained popularity and is now available in 76 countries worldwide. Eduroam is also expanding beyond campuses to public, commercial and city Wi-Fi initiatives, providing an ever-increasing mobile platform for its multi-million users.

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Creating a roadmap for a new European heating infrastructure

The Heat Roadmap Europe project has set out to map the demand for heating and cooling in 14 European countries, along with the potential sources of surplus and renewable heating and cooling that could be used to supply this demand. 20 partners from European universities, companies and organisations are gathering vast amounts of data to create a comprehensive and user friendly tool. The aim is to decarbonise the heating sector of Europe over the next 30-40 years.