CIGBnet Profile


Mission Statement
Description
Services
User Support
Research and Development
Future Plans
Staff
Conclusion



Mission Statement

CIGBnet is the network for the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (CIGB) in Havana, Cuba, and affiliated institutions.

It was created in 1991 to provide computer communications, database access, information services and data processing to the cuban scientific research community on the fields of Biology, Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering.

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Description

CIGBnet is operated by the Network Services Group of the Automation Division of CIGB. It provides access to computer networking services to more than 900 users at:

LANs located at the above institutions are linked together using both dialup UUCP technology and RENACYT, the national academic X.25 network, operated by ICIMAF/CIDET.

Protocols running on the LAN side are IPX/SPX and TCP/IP, giving access to both Netware-based and UNIX-based services.

Services provided by CIGBnet range from electronic mail and group communication and conferencing using notice board software and mailing lists, up to very popular Internet-based services such as WWW and Gopher, but on a local-only access scheme.

CIGBnet has no direct access to the Internet by now. Exchange of information Šand electronic mail with users on the Internet is made through an dialup UUCP link to WEB Networks/NIRV Centre (web.net domain) in Toronto, Canada. WEB Networks/NIRV Centre is an APC member.

CIGBnet has been providing e-mail gateway services to the Internet to a wide group of cuban research and educational institutions since 1993:

CIGBnet maintains dialup-based and X.25-based UUCP links with all of the above and other main cuban networks:

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Services

Note: Locally available (inside LANs)

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User Support

User support is provided from network operations up to desktop software installation, assistance and maintenance. Network training courses have been organized periodically. Postmastering and remote support is provided to all networks using the e-mail gateway services.

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Research and Development

The Network Services Group has completed two research projects, and the 3rd one is underway.

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Future Plans

CIGBnet plans to connect to the Internet as one of its main goals. Since 1994 InterNIC assigned a class C IP number which is almost fully used.

Also, establishing local IP-based links between neighbour networks is a strategy followed, on the belief that collaborative efforts and team-work is the basement of the Internet success and importance.

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Staff

The CIGBnet staff is composed by 4 engineers and 1 system analyst, full time. Part-time support is provided by other teams of the Automation Division of CIGB.

Contacts:

CIGBnet staff has received special training at relevant networking organizations and events, like the Internet Society Developing Countries Workshops and some other courses and training activities.

CIGBnet has collaborated extensively with the Internet Society, providing volunteer training support for the INET'95 Developing Countries Networking Workshop in Hawaii; and also with APC, providing volunteer training and support for Ecuanex in Quito, Ecuador.

On the national arena, CIGBnet keeps active collaboration programs with UONet/University of Oriente, ICID, BIOMUNDI Consulting, Cneuro/National Neurosciences Center, Infomed/Health Information Network and CIDET/ICIMAF.

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Conclusion

CIGBnet can be considered a successful exercise of low-cost computer networking. The use of Internet de-facto standards and public-domain and shareware applications have been extremely important factors on keeping low costs of operation.

CIGBnet has received a strong support since the beggining of the project from a vast group of people and organizations.

The organizations:

The people:

Lots of them. So much we can not remember all:

Walter Roberson, Kirk Roberts, Steve Fram, Randy Bush, Bruce Becker, Tony Rutkowski, George Sadowski, Jose Soriano, Larry Press, Scott Weikart, Randy Hong, John Klensin, Harry Saal, Geoff Sears, Marcelo de Angelis, Raul Zambrano, Chris Pinkham, Alan Barret, Bill Dutcher, Ken Lindahl, Sam Lanfranco, Frank Norman, Eliana Torres-Montes, Viviana Mellet, Jorge Tamayo, Adolfo Dunayevich, Jo-Anne Scott, Charlie Rosenberg, Steve Cisler, Farooq Hussain, Peter Klee, Mary Burger, Wim Degrave, Greg Woods, Alberto Sylvester, Riff Fullan, Derek Xu and a lot more!

To all of them, thanks!

Havana, 1995

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