Building a Bridge to the Future

PHOTO: Edward Derrick, AAAS PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE: J. Scott Hauger (left), director of the Research Competitiveness Program at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, speaks with Tom Collins, vice president for research at Oklahoma State University, during a break at the recent Next Generation Internet conference in San Diego. A distributed information-retrieval system enables desktop access to biological collections that can be used for biodiversity research, conservation, m

Ilene Schneider
Dec 6, 1998

PHOTO: Edward Derrick, AAAS

PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE: J. Scott Hauger (left), director of the Research Competitiveness Program at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, speaks with Tom Collins, vice president for research at Oklahoma State University, during a break at the recent Next Generation Internet conference in San Diego.
A distributed information-retrieval system enables desktop access to biological collections that can be used for biodiversity research, conservation, maintaining extinct species, and analyzing the impact of biological systems on human health. Another program links 30 public, private, and nonprofit agencies electronically to regulate the use of the San Diego Bay. An Internet-based program connects scientists with science teachers who want to increase their access to professional development.

Welcome to the possibilities of the Next Generation Internet, which will be more than 100 times faster than the current Internet. While some large urban universities already are players in its...

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