NETWORK CONNECTIVITY

OMREN connectivity infrastructure allows the implementation of dedicated end-to-end circuits. Members can exchange data with special features in terms of speed, capacity and confidentiality. These technologies can be used to facilitate the interconnection of entities spreads across the country. The capacity of the connection varies based on the subscribed access bandwidth. Currently we have two speeds 500 Mbps and 1000 Mbps. This reliable network will be the base for the research collaboration and education enrichment activities between the colleges, researchers, educators, students and external institutes. Current centrally provided applications such as Technical Colleges SIS application and Applied Science colleges applications are going to be pumped through this high speed network of minim 500 Mbps instead of the current 1 Mbps.

INTERNET LEASED LINE CONNECTION THROUGH LOCAL ISP

This is a commodity internet connection that allows OMREN members to connect to the general internet outside the private research and education network. OMREN negotiated special discounted rate to the members. The capacity of the connection varies based on the subscribed access bandwidth 75, 155 or 300 Mbps. Additional capacity can be purchased from the partner ISP or any other provider.

INTERNATIONAL CONNECTIVITY

OMREN acts as a co-coordinating point for international collaboration between research and education institutes. To this effect, OMREN is a member at the following reputed organizations.


Internet2 is an advanced networking consortium led by the U.S. research and education community. A revolutionary-class IP and optical network. Advanced technologies that enable services and achievements beyond the scope of individual institutions. An unparalleled human network to make sure these technologies get spread around where they can do some good.


DANTE (Delivery of Advanced Network Technology to Europe) plans, builds and operates advanced networks for research and education. It is owned by European NRENs (national research and education networks), and works in partnership with them and in cooperation with the European Commission. DANTE provides the data communications infrastructure essential to the development of the global research community.


Arab States Research and Education Network (ASREN) is the association of the Arab region National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) and strategic partners, that aim to implement, manage and extend sustainable Pan-Arab e-Infrastructures dedicated for the Research and Education communities and to boost scientific research and cooperation in member countries through the provision of world-class e-Infrastructures and E-services.

VIDEO CONFERENCING

A videoconference is a live connection between people in separate locations for the purpose of communication, usually involving audio and often text as well as video. At its simplest, videoconferencing provides transmission of static images and text between two locations. At its most sophisticated, it provides transmission of full-motion video images and high-quality audio between multiple locations. The OMREN Videoconferencing Service is able to offer High Definition videoconferencing through a unified communication core infrastructure to OMREN members.

OMREN in coordination with its partner ISP provides a Managed Video as a Service (MVaas) to all OMREN members as mentioned in the table below:

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More features may be provided in future such as a multi-point high-definition videoconference service called OMREN Vconf. This will allow OMREN members to establish multiple video conferencing sessions with other authorized members or external entities.

EDUROAM

What is Edouroam?

Eduroam (education roaming) is the secure, world-wide roaming access service developed for the international research and education community. Having started in Europe, eduroam has gained momentum throughout the research and education community and is now available in 76 territories. Eduroam allows students, researchers and staff from participating institutions to obtain Internet connectivity across campus and when visiting other participating institutions by simply opening their laptop.

MASADER - VIRTUAL SCIENCE LIBRARY

An Online portal provides researchers and students with an access to various types of Sources, Electronic Books, journals and information at anytime and anywhere. it is Empowered by Virtual Science Library (VSL), Online library, Research Information Management System (RIMS) and some other tools to be added gradually as key applications of Masader.

The Online Virtual Science Library is a national Library provides the academics and researchers with access to scientific resources and papers through OMREN Network. The library portal will ease the resources search process and unify the member’s collections to enhance collaboration and optimize resources utilization. The library will initially provide access to selected subscriptions to electronic journals, e-Books and Arabic publications subscriptions in addition to world class names such as Elsevier, Springer, Tylor & Francis and others. Access to this knowledge is considered vital for local research activities. Consequently, this contributes to raise the classifications of local universities in the world ranking which consider publication references to local outcomes a great deal. Additional specialized contents may be charged. For more information visit Masader website.

e-RESEARCH

The Research Electronic Submission System (TRESS) facilitates for researchers the opportunity to submit research proposals in areas allocated by TRC, with the ease of applying through online access and tracking the evaluation of the proposal. Researchers from institutions affiliated with TRC are privileged to use the TRESS platform. Those who are not associated with the affiliated institutions may urge their institutions to submit an official request to join. A list of current institutions is available when accessing the system. Any non-affiliated institution with a number of researchers employed may submit a request to join TRESS. TRESS is also used by those who are evaluating the submitted research proposals, such as the grant committee, peer reviewers and institutional focal points. The members of the grant committee are nominated by The Research Council. A newer version of TRESS will be deployed soon call RIMS this will be privileged to all OMREN members with no extra charges.

e-CAMPUS

The e-Campus Solution (OMREN-CS) is intended to support TRC mission in providing Omani Colleges, Universities and Research Centres with a unified solution that leverage agile operation and management models, fosters instant sharing of information, and promotes stress-free access to learning and research resources while preserving privacy and security. This will relief OMREN members from the operation workload and diverts valuable wasted time of administrative work and student’s progress monitoring towards capacity building in research, innovation, creativity and knowledge transfer. e-Campus solution will allow universities, colleges and research centres in the sultanate to benefit from OMREN connectivity in running their entire applications on a community cloud hosted at OMREN data centre. The application may cover operation management of the universities’ entire business for the whole student life cycle, as well as it will cover research collaboration and management tools. The system highlights and main components as well as the system general characteristics are depicted in the following two diagrams. The solution is expected to be innovative and presents the functionalities that satisfy the highlights and characteristics in the two diagrams


OMAN RESEARCH REPOSITORY (ORR)

Digital repositories are gaining great importance within universities and research centers because they allow the possibility for digital data saving and provides availability at a local, regional and global level. They have the potential to greatly contribute to the development of the educational curriculum and increase research production, as well as acting as a regional collective between libraries, universities and research centers. The important role played by research repositories in providing various open data sources, have resulted in the increase of research production over the last decade, which is in line with the needs of the beneficiaries of those repositories. Moreover, in accordance with international statistics, the number of digital repositories have risen to exceed four thousand in various disciplines, which shows their importance in developing educational and scientific processes within higher education institutions and universities. The digital repositories have facilitated the task of providing open resources for researchers, which have led to increased number of articles and magazines with free open- access, as proven in the statistics showing an increase in the numbers of articles and magazines during the past ten years. The current project aspires to create an electronic database of research, studies, journal articles, abstracts research, Omani specialized academic statistics, and innovation materials that were written or compiled in the Sultanate of Oman and viewed on a specific website (indexed and classified according to the modern systems base) in order to ease the access and utilization of researchers and innovators and to clarify the role of the institutions and responsible bodies for the dissemination and issuance

OMREN Federation

This system allows you to login from your home organization (university, institute etc..) using the id and password you use there. Not only you can use OMREN services using this id, you can also benefit from resources and applications provided by other Service Providers.

  • OMREN Federation is an authentication system connecting local academic and research organizations
  • The system is using SimpleSamlPHP Framework, which has two major halves:
  • an identity provider (IdP) and
  • a service provider (SP)
  • Offers a way for users to access multiple services with a federated single sign-on framework
  • Federated Single Sign-On Authentication Service - authentication across multiple applications and organizations the system allows users to login from their home organization (university, institute etc..) using their id and password they use there
  • Strong Security Standards
  • Connects service providers (SPs) and identity providers(IdPs)
  • Manages user access to OMREN applications & resources
  • Has the ability to connect to international federation systems