States Inventory Project:
An Inventory of State Network Infrastructure and Strategic Planning for the National Information Infrastructure
The mission of the States Inventory Project is to build a comprehensive resource of infrastructure, initiatives and strategies for networking education, government and the public in each of the fifty United States. The States Inventory Project will deliver this resource to state policy makers and the public via the Internet's World Wide Web (WWW).
The objective of the States Inventory Project is to facilitate the exchange of information among state and local policy makers both within and across states. The primary audience for the project is state and local policy makers responsible for the planning, provisioning and implementation of information infrastructure solutions for education, government and public use.
- Provide an interactive input interface that will allow state and local policy makers to contribute to the project information relevant to policies, planning, conveyancing and infrastrucutre.
- Provide an interactive retrieval interface that will allow both state and local policy makers and the public to search for desired information.
- Work with various membership-oriented organizations to develop a scope of research that state and local policy makers will find useful to their work.
- Work with the interactive elements of the project as well as with policy makers from each of the states to make the States Inventory Project a non-static, self-maintaining resource useful beyond the life of the current NSF grant.
In October 1995, FARNET received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to build a comprehensive resource of infrastructure, initiatives and strategies for networking education, government and the public in each of the fifty United States. FARNET will deliver this resource to state policy makers and the public via the Internet's World Wide Web (WWW).
Almost four years ago, the country was focused on an emerging concept called the National Information Infrastructure (NII). In the ensuing national dialogue over exactly what an "NII" would look like, it became increasingly clear that much of the work of building a national infrastructure would occur at the local, regional and state level. In the meantime, many states had begun moving ahead with plans for their own information infrastructure for k-12 and higher education, state government-wide usage and numerous other applications. The FARNET States Inventory Project aims to capture the current status of state networking resources and policies as well as current and future plans and initiatives. Further, since the information base will be available to both users and content providers via the Internet, we hope that this resource will become an authoritative, current source for information provided by participants in each of the fifty states.