Philadelphia Orchestra: Live via Internet2

Global concert seriesFriday afternoon Milwaukee‘s Discover World hosted a live performance by the Philadelphia Orchestra via Internet2. The Philadelphia Orchestra Association is a member of Internet2.

The HD video concert was projected in Discovery World’s Digital Theater which provides viewers with a spectacular 27foot wide high definition image with a 2048×1920 resolution picture.

Early arrival at Discovery World

The Philadelphia Orchestra is the first major orchestra to transmit live concerts to multiple large screen venues such as Discovery World. The live broadcast uses an MPEG 2 compressed stream running at bandwidths exceeding 50 times that of conventional internet video streams. For this concert performance only 20 venues around the world participated.

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Stanford’s $17 Billion endowment

Stanford today announced the largest increase in its financial aid program for undergraduates. Parents with incomes of less than $100,000 will no longer pay tuition.

Parents with incomes of less than $60,000 will not be expected to pay tuition or contribute to the costs of room, board and other expenses. Students will still be expected to contribute their earnings from work during the summer and academic year. The program also eliminates the need for student loans.

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Knowledge moving open source

This week both Harvard and MIT have chosen to share knowledge for free over the internet. Harvard will begin to freely distribute research via the internet to enhance the speed of online learning. The details for publishing content by faculty has already been distributed and only technical work needs to be finished. A projected opening date is set for early April.

MIT‘s OpenCourseWare project has now been extended to reach High School students. The OCW site for high school students provides audio and video lectures along with class assignments from almost 2,000 courses taught at MIT. Over 5,000 high school students already visit the OCW site monthly. Resources include content designed for teachers.allowing them to repurpose knowledge in their classrooms.

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OLPC moving to $50

Nicholas Negroponte’s presentation of the American Academy for the Advancement of Sciences revealed production of his OLPC units have surpassed 110,000/month. The conference theme is “Science and Technology from a Global Perspective” is underway in Boston this week.

He has also projected next year the price will drop to $100/unit, the original price tag when the project began…and should drop to just $50 in 2011.

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Community college upgrades for Internet2

Bucks County PA has been getting attention by driving Internet2 into schools to better prepare their students for their networked futures. As reported by has a new article about their community college‘s upgrade to take advantage of Internet2’s video conferencing capabilities and the switch from IPv4 to the emerging IPv6. They have also migrated their email system to Google’s free Gmail service for education.

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Midwest Optical Networks

Indiana University’s Advanced Network Management Laboratory (ANML) highlights the new BoreasNet optical network below. Boreas increases number of facilities managing optical networks in the Midwest.


Michigan, Ohio and Indiana have established networks while Boreas covers schools including Iowa State University, the University of Iowa, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

As defined by ANML advanced networks are a catalyst for high-tech economic development, especially in today’s globalized world. You can view the entire map in acrobat format.

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Milwaukee has Google street views!

Milwaukee has just been added by Google to their cool interactive Street View component of Google Maps? What a cool technology for the city and organizations to exploit in Google’s popular mapping service.

milwaukee street view via google

So feel free to email anyone and send a link permitting visitors to interactively tour Milwaukee via Google’s panoramic street view component. No mention in local media (newspapers, TV or radio) about Milwaukee joining this cool web tool.

With linking and embedding supporting this will provide a great resource for Web2.0 tools as well….like building the interactive frame right into your blog:

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Milwaukee joins great cities including San Francisco, LA, San Diego, Las Vegas, Denver, Dallas, Minneapolis, Chicago, Miami, New York City, Boston and Orlando with support for Google’s street view technology.

It may surprise some around town that many established cities (including Seattle) are not yet supporting street view.

Wish the resolution of their camera was better….but its a cool start.

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Internet2 – Leading the way

MIT’s Technology Review has published a new article reviewing a new dynamic circuit test network to test how advanced networks, primarily located in academia can be moved to the commercial internet.

The dynamic circuit network provides a temporary connection to another location … like making a phone call: the user’s data would be carried directly to that other location, uninterrupted by the traffic of others sharing the network.

Eventually the technology advances from this test network could provide a solution to sending HD video over the regular internet.

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Latest read: Making Globalization Work

If you were first introduced to globalization via Tom Friedman‘s The World Is Flat, you may be interested to learn more about this wave of economics.

Many point to the recent book by Joseph Stiglitz called Making Globalization Work. This is a follow-up to his 2003 book Globalization and Its Discontents.

Stiglitz is professor of economics at Columbia. He served as Chairman of President Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisers from 1995-97. He followed that appointment by serving as Chief Economist and Senior VP of the World Bank from 1997-2000. Stiglitz was one of three to receive the 2001 Noble Prize in economics.

He accurately addresses areas of economic globalization that continue to fail across the globe in shaping market opportunities of underdeveloped nations. Needless to say the real golden rule applies: He who has the Gold makes the rules.

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