Re: [usucancommunity] FW: Renaming US UCAN the "Internet2 Community Anchor Program"
- From: Mary Mehsikomer <>
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- Subject: Re: [usucancommunity] FW: Renaming US UCAN the "Internet2 Community Anchor Program"
- Date: Mon, 9 Apr 2018 17:48:34 +0000
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Dear James and Everyone:
I think Internet2 Community Anchor Program encompasses the program beautifully.
Mary Mehsikomer, CETL
Technology Integration Development & Outreach Facilitator
Minnesota E-Rate Coordinator for Schools
Forwarding a few thoughts from Louis Fox, the foundering leader of this effort.
Internet2 Community Anchor Program: a succinct, inclusive, and elegant name for this project. When we began exploring this effort, in late 1999, the idea was to create a structure within Internet2 that would allow the broadest education community — formal as well as informal eduction — to convene and interact with the core membership of Internet2, the research community. The animating notion was that the networking and services advances of the latter would redound to the benefit of the former, that communities of interest could form across these diverse segments, and that the best ideas and practices across all regions could be shared (along with failures!).
With the advent of the BTOP program the notion of “community anchor” has gained currency and is understood outside of the education community as well as within. Many of us who run networks use this notion of “community anchors” to describe who we serve, particularly when we are advocating for un- and underserved communities to prospective partners and funders. So I think it is important and compelling that you have adopted this new project name.
“K20” has always been a bit problematic, as it leaves out important parts of the community like libraries, cultural and scientific organizations. “SEGP” sounded like something that would be the subject of a visit to a urologist. And “US UCAN” like any name describing the political origins of a project was potentially fraught and, ultimately, ephemeral.
Congratulations on coining at great name for a great project.
- Re: [usucancommunity] FW: Renaming US UCAN the "Internet2 Community Anchor Program", Mary Mehsikomer, 04/09/2018
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