An Activity for Agricultural Research and Educational Collaboration in Asia Pacific Region by Asia Pacific Advanced Network (APAN)
Akira Mizushima, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery research network, MAFF, Japan
The Asia-Pacific Advanced Network Consortium (APAN, http://www.apan.net/) was established on 3 June 1997 for research and development in advanced networking application and services in the Asia-Pacific region. APAN members voluntarily offer the high performance network. In order to establish an APAN international link between two countries, a link point on each side and an international connection such as a seabed lease line or a communication satellite must be provided. Primary members provide both link points and international connections while regular members or associate members provide only link points. For example, the MAFFIN (Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery Research Network, MAFF, Japan, http://www.affrc.go.jp/) voluntarily provides the Japan-Philippines link and the link point to it in Japan while PH-NET (Philippine Network Foundation Inc., http://www.ph.net/) voluntarily provides the link point in the Philippines.
The APAN has two aims. One is the provision of high performance network links for research and education throughout the Asia-Pacific region. The other is to accelerate research and educational activities in the area, utilizing the APAN infrastructure. There are two activity areas under the APAN committee. These are the Technology Area and the User Community Area. These two areas cooperate mutually for some project.
APAN and its activities especially in the agricultural areas are introduced. The Agriculture Working Group (AG-WG, http://agri-wg.jp.apan.net/) of APAN is one of the most active working group in the User Community Area. The AG-WG started at the APAN Tsukuba meeting held in March 1998. The aim of AG-WG is to accelerate the agricultural information research, utilizing the APAN network. It promotes research or educational projects in Agricultural fields and attempts to bridge institutes to start up new collaborations.
In addition to the projects being either undertaken or planned under AG-WG, its mission is to establish a local AG-WG group in each APAN country. It maintains close relationships with other working groups of APAN such as the Earth Monitoring WG, the Education WG, the Digital Library WG and the BioInformatics WG, having overlapping membership with these groups.
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