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Established in 2002, the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology [MoICT] is at the heart of the Kingdom s transformation into a knowledge-based economy that contributes to the socio-economic development of the Kingdom. MoICT is the policy maker in information technology, telecommunications, and post in Jordan. The Ministry s policy calls for market liberalization, ending monopoly, and withdrawal of the government from its majority ownership position in telecom and postal operators and public-private partnerships.

MoICT fosters ICT initiatives that promote the adoption of ICT by all segments of the society and stimulate local and foreign investments. The government s commitment to ICT as a catalyst to development, particularly through e-learning and e-government, is creating business opportunities.

Jordan s open, transparent and competitive environment, sophisticated communications infrastructure, strong regulatory reform and independent ICT regulator, technically skilled and growing competitive-wage workforce, committed government and strong leadership support have established a dynamic and growing ICT sector that presents exciting investment opportunities.

Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization founded in 1972 (TAG-Org) is a global professional services group, working through its 80 offices in the Middle East, North Africa, Pakistan, India, Cyprus, and China. It has representative offices in Europe and North America 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.

It currently offers a comprehensive range of professional services covering 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, Webmastering and 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 (Solicitors and Attorneys), and Public Offering.

The Jordanian Universities Network Company (JUNet) is a nonprofit company with limited liability which has been founded and funded by the public universities to manage the network and provide services to these universities. JUNet is managed by a board of directors from the presidents of the public universities.
JUNet is considered as the National Research and Education Network. Currently, 11 Public Universities and 15 Community Colleges are connected to this network. JUNet is planning to connect the other Private Universities, National Research Centers to the network to participate in the national learning and research activities.
The specific objectives of the Jordanian University Research and Learning Network are:
- To provide the Jordanian Research and Learning (R L) institutions with a first class TCP/IP network which will facilitate communications, collaboration, experimentation, and learning.
- To encourage students, faculty members, and researchers to use high speed networks to increase productivity and foster a culture of innovation.
- To develop a Jordanian Research and Learning community.
- To provide a platform for connecting the Jordan R L community to the global R L community.

In general, the main focus of JUNet is satisfying the common needs of the public universities.

EUMEDCONNECT has provided a regional network for seven North African and Middle Eastern countries since 2004, serving two million users in 700 institutions, and connecting them to Europe and globally via G ANT with EC funding. Researchers in Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Palestine, Syria and Tunisia in many fields including e-science, archaeology and e-learning have benefited from the high capacity and wide reach of this first and only Mediterranean research and education network. EUMEDCONNECT2 has strongly supported the establishment of ASREN and works closely with ASREN day to day and is an adviser to ASREN s Board. At an ASREN event in December 2010, the EC announced funding for a further three-year-phase of EUMEDCONNECT starting in the second half of 2011 to continue the existing regional research and education network and to support ASREN to become a selfsustaining organization.

Based in Cambridge, UK, DANTE (Delivery of Advanced Network Technology to Europe) 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.

The CHAIN project aims to further coordinate and leverage the experience of several e-Infrastructure projects and initiatives addressing various regions of the world and specifically those emerging in Asia and Africa, but also Latin America and the Mediterranean. CHAIN focuses on the harmonized and optimized interaction model for e-Infrastructure and specifically Grid interfaces between Europe and the rest of the world. The interoperation among regional infrastructures both at the management and organizational levels will be one of the major goals.

A questionnaire has been prepared to collect up to date information about the state of the art in all relevant regions. Sections are covering the existing infrastructure, deployed middleware, existing and anticipated interoperation with other regions/grids, organizational setup and policies and all the information that is considered relevant for the
analysis. Two streams for collecting input (target audiences) are planned: a Regional level, a sort of a summary for the whole region (one per region) to be handled by the Regional Grid Representatives and a National level, requesting information about the NGI (if there is any), managed by NGI Representatives. The first results are expected to be available by end of July 2011. The full analysis will take more time and the plan is to have it finished by September 2011.

The EUMEDGRID-Support project aims at building on the successful outcomes of EUMEDGRID (2006-2008), and it spotlights Europe and the Mediterranean and Middle East regions through an open dialogue aimed at increasing stakeholder and community awareness on the fundamental importance of e-Infrastructures with the ultimate
goal of ensuring long-term sustainability. The work already done in the EUMEDGRID project has led to a pilot Grid Infrastructure which covers almost all the Mediterranean area.
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tners have also participated in the process of building the Arab States Research and Education Network (ASREN) that is going to become a reference institution for the development of sustainable e-Infrastructures in the region.
- Sustainability is one of the most relevant objectives of the project and here the activity has followed multiple paths converging into a list of coordinated actions:
- Widening the number and the variety of scientific domains enabled to make use of the e-Infrastructure and increasing their level of participation with schools and workshops organized in collaboration with the partners and the EPIKH Project.
- Awaking the interest of policy makers and stakeholders for e-Infrastructures and their sustainability through the organization of the 3rd EUMED Event targeted to these objectives.
- Disseminating the opportunities and benefits of e-Infrastructures in the region underlining the achievements of the European projects and specifically those of EUMEDGRID-Support and EUMEDCONNECT2.
- Creating the Africa ROC portal an initiative spawn by the project and supported also by SAGrid (South Africa Grid), CHAIN and EPIKH projects.
- Finally, coordinating the project s activities with those of other relevant projects such as MIRA, EUIndiaGrid2, LinkSCEEM, GENESI-DEC, etc. in order to obtain synergistic effects that may facilitate the sustainability process.

The success of these activities will be followed in the next months by an EUMEDGRID User Forum in September in Lyon co-located with the EGI Technical Forum and the support to schools and events joined with the tuning of infrastructure services and the improvement of the Africa ROC portal.

DC-NET is an ERA-NET project aimed to promote programme coordination and cooperation for the eventual implementation of a research infrastructure in the digital cultural heritage field. The DC-NET infrastructure is foreseen in particular as an evolution of the MICHAEL service ( that was developed by 21 European countries, between 2004 and 2008, with a total investment of over 90 million euros.

The final objective of DC-NET is to plan the deployment of a robust and comprehensive data infrastructure for the digital cultural heritage that include a wide range of end-to-end services and tools facilitating the integration and strengthening of the research capacities in the sector.
This objective is pursued through a set of short, medium and long terms plans. The first phase is the current ERA-NET, where several Ministries of Culture and of Research of the EU are working mainly on two directions: on the one hand, strengthening the dialog between culture, research and e-Infrastructures through specific instruments that can facilitate the reciprocal knowledge (publications, seminars and workshops); on the other hand, developing a priority list of new services that can be implemented by using the available e-Infrastructures
(NRENs, GRID, etc.). The results of this twofold work will be used to prepare a Joint Activities Plan, endorsed by the European programmes owners, which will be the basis for the implementation of a new data and service e-Infrastructure for the research (and later on service providing) in the field of the Digital Cultural Heritage. The next phase will be the actual implementation phase, with the participation of the widest possible European representation.

The INDICATE project is focused on the coordination of policies and best practice regarding the use of e-Infrastructures for digital cultural heritage in countries of the Mediterranean region. This will be accomplished, first, by establishing and nurturing a network of common interest made up of experts and researchers in all the relevant fields. Through the network, the participants can share experience, promote standards and guidelines, seek harmonisation of best practice and policy. Further, the network acts as a conduit for knowledge transfer from countries with more experience of e-Infrastructures-enabled e-culture to those who are just beginning to investigate this area.
A range of research pilots and case studies act as exemplars and demonstrators of the processes to establishing cultural initiatives on the e-Infrastructures platform. The results will inform a wide-reaching dissemination work-package, including publications, workshops and one international conference. The project builds on a wealth of experience in effective international coordination of digitisation, digital cultural heritage and e-Infrastructures-enabled culture. A substantial impact is expected on international collaboration and on digital cultural heritage in the Mediterranean region.

The Association of Arab Universities has (233) member Arab universities and its permanent headquarters is based in Amman. The Association has established a council for quality assurance and accreditation of Arab universities that aims to assist Arab universities to develop higher education and improve its quality through the dissemination of a quality culture and the provision of reference frameworks for higher educational institutions and programs .

The LinkSCEEM-2 project aims at the establishment of a high performance computing (HPC) eco-system in the Eastern Mediterranean region by interlinking and coordinating regional compute, storage and visualization resources to form an integrated e-infrastructure.

The main project objective is to enable scientific research in the region by engaging and supporting research communities with an initial emphasis in the fields of climate research, digital cultural heritage and synchrotron radiation applications.

To achieve its mission, the project will link e-resources, provide user support and training, carry out targeted networking activities, and, develop and implement a well-structured HPC resource allocation mechanism.

Three regional HPC centres, namely CaSToRC, BA and NARSS contribute computational resources to the integrated e-infrastructure of LinkSCEEM-2. Additional computational centres from the region may participate through integrating their resources during the course of the project.

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