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Subject: Edugate launched!
From: Glenn Wearen <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Fri, 12 Nov 2010 22:12:43 -0000
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Edugate was launched at the HEAnet conference today, the following press
release was issued by the HEA

Students To Have Online Access to Lecture Notes, Books, Resources in Every
Higher Education Campus

In a major technological development announced today, Ireland moves closer
to a higher education system where courses can be delivered across
campuses, students can access a vast array of educational and related
material in a single, simple transaction and researchers can more easily
collaborate in their work across several institutions.

HEAnet, Ireland's National Research & Education Network, today launch
Edugate, a new service that allows educational institutions in Ireland to
share and access online resources, including lectures, electronic books
and journals and student records.

Until the arrival of Edugate, institutions needed to create user accounts
for every online service for which their staff and students required
access. As a result, today's campus user has a lengthening list of user
accounts covering a growing myriad of online services (e.g. email,
journals, calendar, content portal, etc). It was also a cumbersome process
to gain access to information and materials in other higher education
institutions. HEAnet has now reduced this list to just one user access
mechanism: Edugate.

Now, where a student or member of staff logs on to Edugate, he or she will
have access to everything they need in their own institution but also to
relevant resources in other higher education institutions.

So, a student in the University of Limerick can access an electronic
journal stored in NUIG or a staff member in Cork Institute of Technology
can check the academic performance of a student who previously studied in
Tralee.

The new system is at the cutting edge of work in this area in Europe and
will result in major efficiencies across the higher education system.

Edugate also hits the right data privacy buttons and HEAnet's approach to
protecting user privacy within Edugate has generated positive feedback
from the Data Protection Commissioner's office.

"Edugate bridges the gap between proving your identity online and
retaining control of your personal data by ensuring that only the minimum
amount of personal data is shared with appropriate safeguards in place"
According to Gary Davis, Deputy Irish Data Protection Commissioner

With today's launch of Edugate, HEAnet, with the support of the higher
education institutions, has taken another step in the delivery of
cost-effective shared services to the Irish education and research
community.

John Boland, CEO of HEAnet stated that,

 "Edugate represents another excellent example of HEAnet collaborating
effectively with the universities, institutes and colleges and responding
to their collective need for cost-effective shared services".

Edugate is funded by the Higher Education Authority's Programme for
Research in Third Level Institutions through the e-INIS National
e-Infrastructure programme.

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