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JANET: The early days – 1973 to 1983

Date & Time:
17:00 - 18:30,
Monday 20 June, 2011


JANET is now widely recognised as one of the world’s leading research and education networks. But what were its origins and what are the enduring legacies from those early days? This talk will cover some of the key organisational and technical factors which led to the creation of the network, leavened by personal reminiscences of a particularly exciting time in the history of IT in UK academia.

Professor Roland Rosner

University College London

A UCL maths graduate with a doctorate in particle physics, Roland Rosner was the first head of the Joint Network Team – the forerunner of JANET(UK) – from 1979 to 1983. After a period at the University of London Computer Centre, he returned to his alma mater where he was Director of Information Systems and then for 11 years Director of Education and Information Support. He is currently the Chair of the UK Access Management Federation’s Policy and Advisory Board.