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CANADA’S NATIONAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY MUSEUMS ARE NOW ON CANADA’S FASTEST DIGITAL NETWORK

Posted
on April 16, 2012

Huge bandwidth enables real-time collaboration and sharing.


[Ottawa, Ontario | April 16, 2012] CANARIE, Canada’s Advanced Research and Innovation Network, and the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation (CSTMC), today announced that the Corporation’s three museums (the Canada Science and Technology Museum, the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, and the Canada Agriculture Museum) are now connected to the ultra-high-speed CANARIE network. The connection was completed as part of CANARIE’s Infrastructure Extension Program.

The Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation will use the CANARIE network to offer high definition access to its collection of close to a million 3-D and 2-D objects. Objects range in size from small cameras to locomotives and aircrafts. CANARIE offers the Corporation a unique opportunity to share its content-rich knowledge and expertise with schools, museums and science centers, in Canada and internationally, in a highly cost-effective, interactive and content-rich fashion. CANARIE will also help enhance the Corporation’s successful multidisciplinary Reading Artifacts Summer Institute which each year brings together experts to study historical artefacts and create new knowledge.

“Using the CANARIE network, experts across Canada and around the world will share interactive, 3D, and high-definition video, and computer-aided designs in real time,” notes Denise Amyot, Chief Executive Officer of the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation. “This is simply not possible over the regular internet, and our access to CANARIE will help achieve a greater understanding of the many factors that contribute to Canada’s success in the science and technology fields and leadership as a global leader in innovation.”

The CANARIE fibre-optic network is 60,000 times faster than a broadband home internet connection. With this bandwidth, you could download the entire iTunes movie catalogue in 7 seconds. CANARIE’s network is so fast and so cutting-edge that it was recently used to break a world record for data transfer of 186Gbps at the SuperComputing 2011 conference.

“CANARIE plays a significant role in allowing cultural and knowledge-sharing institutions to share anywhere in the world instantaneously. Distance becomes immaterial,” explains Jim Roche, President and CEO of CANARIE. “Most people know us as ‘the Internet for researchers,’ but we offer much more than that. We support cultural institutions like the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation and the National Arts Centre, as well as government laboratories, schools, hospitals, and technical innovators.”

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For more information, please contact:

Olivier Bouffard
Media Relations
Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation
obouffard@technomuses.ca
613-949-5732

Wynn Anne Sibbald
Communications Manager
CANARIE
(613) 943-5432
WynnAnne.Sibbald@canarie.ca

About CANARIE:

CANARIE Inc. is Canada’s Advanced Research and Innovation Network. Established in 1993, CANARIE manages an ultra-high-speed network that supports leading-edge research and big science across Canada and around the world. One million researchers, scientists and students at over 1,100 Canadian institutions, including universities, colleges, research institutes, hospitals, and government laboratories have access to the CANARIE Network. Together with 12 provincial and territorial advanced network partners, CANARIE enables researchers to share and analyze massive amounts of data, like climate models, satellite images, and DNA sequences that can lead to groundbreaking scientific discoveries. CANARIE is a non-profit corporation supported by membership fees, with the major investment in its programs and activities provided by the Government of Canada.

CANARIE keeps Canada at the forefront of digital research and innovation, fundamental to a vibrant digital economy. For additional information, please visit: www.canarie.ca .

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About the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation

As a national institution within the Canadian Heritage Portfolio, the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation is responsible for preserving and protecting Canada’s scientific and technological heritage and promoting and sharing knowledge about that heritage. The Corporation and its three Museums — the Canada Agriculture Museum, the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, and the Canada Science and Technology Museum — tell the stories of Canadian ingenuity and achievement in science and technology, and demonstrate how these accomplishments have contributed to the building of our country. By preserving and celebrating the scientific and technological heritage of Canada, the Corporation fosters a sense of identity and pride on the part of all Canadians in their achievements in science and technology.

Find out more: www.technomuses.ca