ERIC Number: ED340390
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
The National Research and Education Network (NREN): Update 1991. ERIC Digest.
Bishop, Ann P.
Federal legislation authorizing the creation of the National Research and Education Network (NREN)--i.e., the High-Performance Computing Act of 1991 (P.L. 102-194)--was signed into law by the President in December 1991. This network is envisioned as an expansion and enhancement of the existing U.S. Internet, the collection of interconnected computer networks that is currently used by over one million U.S. researchers, educators, students from K-12 to postgraduate levels, and others. This digest reports on the current status of Federal policy initiatives related to the NREN and discusses trends and issues in electronic networking that are of interest to members of the education and library communities. The digest lists important features of the Federal Government's plans for funding, creating, and managing the NREN. It is noted that the government hopes the development of the NREN will enhance national productivity and competitiveness as well as speed scientific and technical advances in a number of fields. It is argued that the potential of the NREN to dramatically change the nature of education and scholarship is becoming more apparent, particularly when the library and education communities are continuing to expand their use of electronic networks. The digest concludes by indicating types of issues involved in the transition to a networked information environment, and some technology trends that could have an impact on networking. (9 references) (MAB)
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Access to Information, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Government Role, Higher Education, Internet, Learning Resources Centers, National Programs, Public Libraries, Research Libraries, Technological Advancement, Telecommunications
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Information Resources, Syracuse, NY.