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CERN and University of Pavia sign Berlin Declaration at meeting on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities

First practical actions toward the realization of open access to knowledge in the sciences and in the humanities have been formulated at a meeting on the implementation of the recommendations in the Berlin Declaration held at CERN*, Geneva, 12 and 13 May 2004, and coordinated by the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute). During the meeting, the Declaration was signed by CERN and the University of Pavia.

First Fermilab LHC magnet leaves Illinois, bound for CERN

Geneva, 11 May 2004. Officials of the US Department of Energy's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab*), near Chicago, and CERN** announced today the shipment of an advanced superconducting magnet from Fermilab to CERN. The first of a series of such magnets designed and built at Fermilab, the magnet is destined to play a key role in the operation of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the new particle accelerator that is under construction at CERN and due to start operation in 2007.

New World Record announced for Internet Performance

CERN* and Caltech send data at more than 6.25 Gbps across nearly 11'000 km

Geneva, 20 April 2004 - An international team has set a new Internet2(R)** Land Speed Record by transferring data across nearly 11,000 kilometres at an average rate of 6.25 gigabits per second (Gbps), nearly 10,000 times faster than a typical home broadband connection, from Los Angeles, USA, to Geneva, Switzerland. The Internet2 Land Speed Record (I2-LSR) is an open and ongoing competition for the highest-bandwidth, end-to-end networks.

European grid computing changes gear

Geneva 31 March 2004. European plans for Grid technology change gear this week, as the pioneering European DataGrid (EDG) project comes to a successful end and a new project, the Enabling Grids for E-Science in Europe (EGEE) project, begins. The EGEE project will build on the success of the EDG project and take Grid technology even further by establishing a service Grid infrastructure which is available across Europe, 24 hours-a-day.

Opening the Big Black Box: European Study Reveals Visitors' Impressions of Science Laboratories

Geneva, 18th March 2004. On 29 – 30 March the findings of ‘Inside the Big Black Box'- a Europe-wide science and society project - will be revealed during a two-day seminar hosted by CERN1. The principle aim of Inside the Big Black Box (IN3B) is to determine whether a working scientific laboratory can capture the curiosity of the general public through visits.

CERN Council rings the changes

The CERN1 Council, where the representatives of the 20 Member States of the Organization decide on scientific programmes and financial resources, held its 126th session today under the chairmanship of Professor Maurice Bourquin. A review of the year's activities by outgoing Director General Luciano Maiani, a new structure for CERN, and the Globe of Innovation were among the items on the agenda.

The Role of Science in the Information Society asserted in CERN conference

In hosting the Role of Science in the Information Society (RSIS) conference, CERN1 takes a bold step forward into the policy arena. The conference, which was organised jointly by CERN, UNESCO, the International Council for Science, and the Third World Academy of Sciences, was held at CERN on 8-9 December as a Summit Event to the first phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS, Geneva, 10-12 December).


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