General Assembly

Time : Jan 28  10:30-12:30
Place : Room A
Chair : Shigeki Goto


  1. Greetings
  2. Report from Areas, Committees and Members (*)
    Program Committee (BG Joo)
    Event Committee (Akira Mizushima)
    Natural Resource (Seishi Ninomiya)
    Grid (Kenta Aida)
    Internet2 (Heather Boyles)
    Application Technology Area (Koji OKAMURA)
    Network Technology Area (Dr. Sureswaran Ramadass)
    IPv6 Task Force (Jianping Wu)
    NOC (K. Konishi, C. Myers, JH Lee)
    E-Culture “BOF/Working Group” (Faridah Noor Mohd Noor)
  3. Introduction of new members (**)
  4. New committees and working groups (***)
  5. Future meetings
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  6. AOB

Draft Minutes:

After presenting the agenda for the meeting, the chair asked everyone for other issues to be discussed and went on to mention that the general assembly should be used for exchanging and sharing information. Those who will make the presentations were requested to limit their report to 5 minutes. The presentation from the Application Technology Area highlighted the requests from GRID WG and eScience group to change status (which have been already approved in their Area)

The NR Area also reported several changes in the leadership.

In general, the NR area had a very active presence in the Bangkok meeting and they even conducted special Tsunami session. The same was reported by the Network Operation Center. Having 20 presentations during the network engineering session, they received updates on advanced engineering as well as networks and some NOC issues clarified. They also identified super computing (SC) as a good way to enhance collaboration between the researchers and NOC.

The Network Technology area proposed that all the WG under this area must be able implement a project. They will also propose to AI3 to handle the Satellite WG and the Multimedia WG will be moved to Application Technology area initially as a BoF called Collaborative Tools. This area has its share of proposed changes such as:

The IPv6 Task Force has been actively promoting the deployment and development of IPv6 applications. This group has develop a native IPv6 gigabit network in Asia Pacific region and connects to North America and Europe. In this meeting, more APAN members report on their implementation of IPv6 such as:

The topics presented are not just general topics but more on engineering, trouble-shooting and implementation. Also, the need for more applications was stressed in the meetings.

The eCulture group identified the need for a clearer definition of eCulture. They will continue the discussion by email prior to the next APAN meeting in Taipei. They also felt that they would require more slots in the next meeting.

eScience is not yet permanent but they have been active since the Busan meeting. They had 4 presentations in the workshop that they conducted in this meeting. The group submitted a charter to the APAN secretariat to become a WG in the Application Technology Area.

After the report from NZ and Internet 2, the Program Committee report provided a review of the sessions in the Bangkok program. The presentation went on to propose some changes to the format of the sessions for the next meeting. It was suggested to have more common (or plenary) sessions and conduct APAN 101 for newcomers. A tentative schedule was presented and everyone was reminded of the milestones for the next meeting.

After the reports, a roll call of the primary members was conducted, as there were several issues that need approval. Only BAERIN has no representative and HARNET participated through videoconferencing. The rest of the primary members have representative present in the general assembly.

The application for primary membership of Pakistan (PERN) was presented and approved. An application from an industry (Westin Building) was also mentioned but this one will require further discussion and negotiations. It was also mentioned that APAN has no definite guideline yet on membership fee for industry member.

The changes presented during the various reports were all approved. BoFs didn't need approval from the council. Lawrence mentioned that there are some issues that need approval of the council so it was decided to have a meeting of the primary council in the afternoon.

The Event committee reported on the schedules of the future meetings. A question was raised about the venue for the 24th APAN meeting, as this will coincide with the 10th anniversary of APAN. This is something that the event committee has to look into.

The last presentation was from Vicky and Simon to provide more details on the next APAN meeting in Taipei.

Before the meeting ended, NII and NECTEC both received words of thanks for the internet link that they provided during this meeting.

Presentation during meeting

Program Committee
Event Committee
Natural Resource
Application Technology Area
Network Technology Area
IPv6 Task Force
E-Culture “BOF/Working Group”

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