The 'In The Field' blog provides a digital platform for the global NREN community to showcase the impact of R&E connectivity around the world.
Developed by AARNet as initiative of the Global PR Network, the blog trials a new way for NRENs and RRENs around the globe to share and access stories of how users – usual and unusual suspects - benefit from the connectivity and services we offer. Rather than focusing on the underlying infrastructure itself, the stories intend to highlight the societal impact of our networks, thus offering a glimpse at the human side of what R&E networking enables.
Since its launch in October 2015, the blog platform has seen an impressive collection of over 140 stories submitted, representing 65 networks across 6 continents, covering a wide range of topics including food security, health, education, arts, archaeology, Earth observation, connecting remote places and much more.
“In the Field” has been welcomed by the global R&E community and
is highly visible, however there is still scope for maximizing its
potential – both in terms of content and usage. The BoF will therefore
explore how additional story submissions can be encouraged and
supported, particularly from NRENs in emerging regions and how the
platform can be effectively used as powerful impact marketing and
lobbying tool in interactions with current and prospective end-users,
funding bodies and other influencers, such as the media.
In answering these questions, we will be able to draw on the experiences and suggestions of the following panellists: