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ASREN GmbH
 
Arab States Research and Education Network (ASREN) is the association of the Arab region National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) and strategic partners, that aims to implement, manage and extend sustainable pan-Arab e-Infrastructures dedicated for the Research and Education communities and to boost scientific research and cooperation in member countries through the provision of world class e-Infrastructures and e-services. ASREN is a registered, nonprofit, legal entity owned by the Arab National Research and Education Networks NRENs and partners.
 
ASREN’s vision is about “Pan-Arab collaborative research and education projects and activities, contribute to boost the scientific research, innovation and education levels in the Arab countries by uplifting efficiency and productivity of research and education communities.
 
ASREN’s mission: “To implement, manage and extend sustainable Pan-Arab e-Infrastructures dedicated for the Research and Education communities and to boost scientific research and cooperation in member countries through the provision of world-class e-Infrastructures and E-services.
 
 
The Research Council (TRC)
 
The Research Council is Oman’s exclusive research funding body and leader of research development in the country. TRC serves as a focal point and hub dedicated to promoting and supporting research, scientific enquiry, and innovation in the Sultanate of Oman. At the heart of our work is nurturing research talent to power innovation and create economic benefit for our national prosperity.
 
Established in June 2005, TRC has been founded by Royal Decree No. 54/2005 under the chairmanship of His Highness Sayyid Shihab Bin Tariq Al-Said, adviser to His Majesty the Sultan. This was notably followed in 2010 by Royal Decree No.30/2010 with TRC set to lead the way in drawing up a national plan for scientific research in the Sultanate. 
 
As a policy-making body and funding agency, TRC encourages the promotion and application of research, innovation and science to create value that serves business, markets and the wider needs of society. It is our belief that research conducted in Oman should further the public good with commitment to the spread and transfer of knowledge. 
 
 
Oman Research ans Education Network (OMREN)
 
As part of its mandate and strategy, TRC provides and enables a sustainable infrastructure that contributes to the emergence of effective national innovation ecology. ICT-based services in general, and an Oman National Research and Education Network (OMREN) in particular, are seen as a central part of this infrastructure. Services of OMREN would:
 
  • Provide high-speed connectivity to all national higher education institutions, research organizations and related bodies over a state-of-the-art telecommunications network
  • Provide a connection to international network federations to participating organizations
  • Enable e-collaboration applications for researchers and students over the network
Many opportunities can emerge from institutions collectively working together through shared research and educational networks such as an OMREN. These include but not limited to:
 
  • Creating local research and education community supported by an operational team in charge of building solid research and educational platforms with a variety of research supportive applications
  • Cost-sharing when it comes to the procurement of expensive information systems that support common functions or building research and educational infrastructure
  • Leveraging the resultant network to offer distance courses that can be delivered over e-learning platforms
  • Increased collaboration and partnerships among individuals and research institutions and enabling regional comparative studies with localized partners
  • The creation of knowledge networks, crucial in coordinating local, regional and world efforts in science and education research
 
EUMEDCONNECT3 
 
EUMEDCONNECT3 provides e-Infrastructure giving high-capacity connectivity for research and education purposes in the southern and eastern Mediterranean region. It enables researchers and academics in these countries to collaborate with their counterparts in the Arab and European research and education communities. Over 40 million users on over 8000 research and education establishments across Europe can be reached via GÉANT.
 
The EUMEDCONNECT Programme has provided research and education networking within the Mediterranean area since 2004 and countries eligible for EC funding support are shown below. Current EUMEDCONNECT3 connectivity is shown on the topology map. The Programme is interested to extend connectivity to further countries within the Arab regions.
 
The EUMEDCONNECT3 Project is managed by DANTE (Delivery of Advanced Network Technology to Europe). DANTE plans, builds and operates advanced networks for research and education. It is owned by European NRENs (national research and education networks), and works in partnership with them and in cooperation with the European Commission. DANTE provides the data communications infrastructure essential to the development of the global research community.
 
 
CHAIN-REDS
 
CHAIN-REDS, “Coordination and Harmonization of Advanced e-Infrastructures for Research and Education Data Sharing” is an EC FP7 collaboration project with  vision to promote and support technological and scientific collaboration across different e-Infrastructures established and operated in various continents in order to facilitate their uptake and use by established and emerging Virtual Research Communities (VRCs) but also by single researchers, promoting instruments and practices that can facilitate their inclusion in the community of users.
 
The project strives not only to disseminate exchange and reinforce the best practices currently adopted in Europe and other continents, but also promote the progress of interoperability among different regional e-Infrastructures. CHAIN-REDS gathers the main stakeholders of regional e-Infrastructures, collectively engaged in studying and defining a path towards a global e-Infrastructure ecosystem that will allow VRCs, research groups and even single researchers to access and efficiently use worldwide distributed resources (i.e. computing, storage, data, services, tools, applications).
 
CHAIN-REDS will leverage the efforts of the previous “regional projects” and also build on the most recent developments in the fields of Clouds, HPC, and Data Sharing. In the following, the specific objectives are defined and an overview of how these objectives will be reached following a number of lines of action.
 
 
GÉANT Association
 
The GÉANT Association is the leading collaboration on network and related infrastructure and services for the benefit of research and education, contributing to Europe's economic growth and competitiveness.

The GÉANT Association:
  • provides practical support for members, educators, researchers and other partners to collaborate, innovate, share knowledge and agree on policies and strategies;
  • plans, procures, builds and operates large-scale, advanced international high-speed networks, including the 500 Gbps pan-European GÉANT network;
  • organises events such as workshops, meetings and conferences, including TNC – Europe’s largest networking conference for research and education;
  • develops, operates and supports services relating to such areas as trust and identity, security and certification, mobility and access, and media and real-time communications;
  • provides staff expertise in procurement, project management, community engagement, network operations, and outreach including dissemination and training;
  • liaises with other e-infrastructure organisations, user communities, industry and with the European Union.
Establishment of GÉANT Association
The GÉANT Association was formed on 7 October 2014, when its members agreed to change the Articles of Association of TERENA, changing its name to GÉANT, and the majority of DANTE shares were transferred to the GÉANT Association. The GÉANT Project is a major area of the association’s work and the association is proud to have adopted the GÉANT name. This restructuring marks a new phase in almost thirty years of collaborative research and education networking in Europe.
 
Benefits of the new organisation
The main benefits of this restructuring are simplified governance, more efficient management, more flexible use of resources and a more inclusive membership. Members, services, operations and relationships with partners and related communities should see no adverse effects. Indeed, this restructuring will strengthen the European research and education networking community as a whole.

Organisation structure
The GÉANT Association is owned by its core membership. This includes 36 National Members, which are European national research and education network (NREN) organisations, and one Representative Member - NORDUnet - which participates on behalf of five Nordic NRENs. Associates are also welcome and include commercial organisations and multi-national research infrastructures and projects.
 
 
Internet2 SIG
 
The mission of Internet 2 Special Interest Group (SIG) on Emerging National Research and Education Networks is to bring together the international community to address advancing the state of high-performance networking for research and education in underserved places around the world. Internet2 SIG provides a forum for:
  • Sharing information about current initiatives and facilities/data/researchers that need to be reached
  • Sharing challenges, opportunities and successes among both emerging and established NRENs
  • Discussing possible roles for the Internet2 community
Participants are encouraged to share challenges, ideas, opportunities and successful case studies based on their own experiences on the NREN SIG collaboration site.
Currently, there are three active regional interest groups as well as significant interest in 3 other regions. Caribbean Interest Group, South Asia Interest Group, Middle East Interest Group, and Central Asia, Pacific Islands. In the past, the SIG has sponsored a number of workshops focused on emerging NRENs, particularly in SubSaharan Africa and South Asia, and have held several meetings including the First International Platform on Integrating Arab e-infrastructure in a Global Environment e-AGE 2011.
 
 
Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organisation
 
Founded in 1972, TAG-Org is an international professional services group with 80 offices worldwide and non-exclusive strategic alliance agreements with various networks and individual firms thus enabling it to choose a firm best suited to its clients’ needs in virtually every country in the world.
 
TAG-Org is the largest global group of professional services firms in the fields of Accounting, External Audit, Internal Audit, Corporate Governance, Taxation, Educational Consultancy, Economic and Strategic studies, Management Advisory Services, Professional and Technical Training, Technology Transfer Project Management, Real Estate Management, Investors and Business Advisory Services, Human Resources and Recruitment Services, e-Government, e-Commerce, e-Education, IT and Security Audit, Web Design, Professional Interpretation and Translation, Website Arabization, Domain Names Registration, ICT Strategic Planning, ERP Consulting Services, IT and Internet Skills Training and Examinations, Intellectual Property News Agency, IP Business and Asset Valuation and Branding Services, IP Registration and Protection, Intellectual Property Renewals, IPR Protection and Management, Legal Services, and Public Offering.
 
TAG-Org has acquired an outstanding record of success among its clients, which include important agencies, international and Pan-Arab governmental funding organizations, as well as leading companies in banking, industry, insurance and commerce. We have successfully assisted these clients with complex business and management decisions involving people, equipment, facilities and capital.