This project anticipates using public data networks and
special communication software to connect to computing
centres of universities as well as state and industrial
research establishments, thus allowing the researchers to
exchange data, software and messages on a European-wide
basis. The project has the following aims:
- strengthening the European research infrastructure: As in
the USA, a research network covering the whole of Europe
could initiate and intensify cooperation between separate
national research groups.
- the development and testing of new communication
services: Academic research offers, in its heterogeneity in
the use of computing, an ideal environment for the testing
of new and diverse communication services.
- The development and running of open networks: The market
acceptance of open (non-manufacture based) standards for
data transmission is dependent on the extension of common
standards but of equal importance is customer confidence in
the applicability of those standards. A European Research
Network offers, through the diversity of installed
information technology equipment, an ideal environment for
the pilot testing of open transmission standards. Such a
demonstration project would also complement the
standardization policy of the EC COMMISSION.