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San Jose, Calif., June 22-25, 1999

Network Training Workshop

For Countries in the Early Stages of Internetworking

13-20 June 1999

Professionals from around the world will be taught the design, operation, maintenance and management of Internetworks when they attend the Internet Society's (ISOC) 7th Network Training Workshop for Countries in the Early Stages of Internetworking, 13-20 June 1999. More than 1100 previous graduates have performed a vital role in setting up the Internet connections and networks in virtually every country that has connected to the Internet during the past six years. A new cadre of networking professionals will again be taught the technical and operational aspects of establishing and managing their national network infrastructure.

The focus of the workshop is to assist countries that are either not yet connected to the Internet or are in the process of developing and enhancing an initial national Internet. For all participants, attendance at the workshop includes attendance at INET'99. Workshop participants will be able to attend the K-12 Workshop or the Developing Countries Networking Symposium, scheduled 21-22 June 1999, at no charge if they pre-register.

The workshops are an outgrowth of and build upon the experiences of six similar workshops held during 1993-1998 at Stanford University, U.S.A., Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic, University of Hawaii, U.S.A., McGill University, Montreal, Canada, Petronas Training Center, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Cité Universitaire, Geneva, Switzerland.


The goals of the workshops are:

  1. To train a critical mass of trainer/professionals in network infrastructure, transport, services, and management to be able to support an extension of meaningful Internet-related activities within the countries represented.
  2. To identify and share individual and institutional contacts as well as information sources that will assist the process of national development, using international Internet connections.
  3. To build robust professional linkages between all participants in the programs so that the mentor-student and colleague-colleague relationships formed during the workshop and conferences will remain strong and of continuing usefulness well beyond the workshop and conference.
  4. To increase the level of cooperation among existing projects and activities for establishing public data networks in developing countries.
  5. To train people and groups of people who will return to their country and region and who will teach others what they have learned at the workshop.


An intensive program of instruction is planned for the workshop, composed of four instructional tracks. Participants attend only one of the four tracks, since the tracks run concurrently.

All participants (except those in the National Network Management track) will engage in extensive hands-on training, either setting up a prototype network or using actual Internet resources or both, as appropriate, using the Workshop facilities .

The course descriptions below include for each instructional track:

  1. Who should attend the workshop.
  2. What you need to know to enter the workshop and benefit from it (Prerequisites).
  3. What you will learn in the workshop.
  4. What you should be able to do after completing the workshop (Goals).

TRACK 1: Host-based Internetworking Technology

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Technical staff who are operating or installing a TCP/IP based network and providing TCP/IP based services (such as mail, file, web) to end-users. Those are involved in the establishment and/or operation of an Internet presence, possibly initiating the deployment of a basic national network infrastructure in the country.

PREREQUISITES: UNIX use and preferably some UNIX system administration.

Some knowledge of, and experience with, computer networks.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN: Techniques for design, set up and operation of a TCP/IP network. Knowledge of routing, network troubleshooting, interior routing protocols, domain name system, providing dial-up connectivity, and TCP/IP application servers such as mail and web.

GOALS: To be able to design, set up, and operate a TCP/IP network with a permanent connection to the international Internet, and to provide TCP/IP services to end-users, using primarily PC hardware and Unix.

TRACK 2: Backbone Internetworking Technology

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Technical staff who are now or soon will be building or operating a wide area TCP/IP backbone network, likely with international and/or multi-provider connectivity.

PREREQUISITES: UNIX use and preferably some system administration. Some knowledge of, and experience with, computer networks, preferably TCP/IP-based.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN: Techniques for design, setup, and operation of a metropolitan, regional, or national TCP/IP dedicated backbone network. Detailed knowledge of routing, network troubleshooting, backbone engineering, interior and exterior routing protocols, domain name system, NIC name and address coordination. The emphasis will be on use of dedicated routing hardware.

GOALS: To be able to design, set up, and operate a metropolitan, regional, or national TCP/IP dedicated backbone network, with a permanent connection to the international Internet.

TRACK 3: Internet Information Services

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: would-be providers of Internet-based information services; also those supporting and training potential information providers on the non-commercial Internet.

PREREQUISITES: A good user-level knowledge of the various Internet services such as e-mail and the World Wide Web is highly desirable. No programming skills are required.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN: How to set up and design quality Internet Information services with emphasis on the World Wide Web. Since an important reason for your attendance will be to enable you to pass on your knowledge to others, there will be sessions on how to support and train users and providers of information.

Note that this is not a programming course.

The main topics covered will include:

  • A brief introduction to the Internet and Internet tools
  • Setting up and maintaining quality information services
  • World Wide Web servers
  • World Wide Web clients
  • Search services
  • Caching strategies
  • HTML authoring
  • How to support and train users and providers of information

The following will be discussed:

  • Security issues
  • Legal and ethical issues
  • National infrastructure issues

An awareness of topics such as the following will be given

  • CGI scripts
  • JAVA
  • Javascript

The course is a mixture of presentations and demonstrations with emphasis on hands-on practical experience. You will work in small teams to design and set up web services during the workshop.

GOALS: Ability to set up and design quality Internet Information services; ability to support and train users and providers of information.

TRACK 4: National Network Management

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Individuals who will have the responsibility for management of a network.

The topic of "management" covers technical, operational and business management of national Internet services.

PREREQUISITES: Rudimentary familiarity with the Internet, and familiarity with management of information technology at a technical level.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN: Exposure to the aspects of management of a public Internet network on a national scale, including areas of operational and policy management commonly found with Internet development. No technical or hands-on component is included, although the managerial aspects of various technical topics is covered.

GOALS: Capability to manage the development of a national public Internet, guiding its development into the role of a cost effective and useful communications resource.


The workshop activities will be held at San Jose State University in San Jose, California, U.S.A. Participants will be housed at the training facilities during the Workshop and the INET'99 Conference.

Working Language

The working language of the workshop will be English, good comprehension of spoken and written English will be required of each participant. Some members of the instructional staff will have some degree of proficiency in languages other than English.


Participants should plan to arrive at their workshop location on or before 1800 hours on Saturday 12 June, and leave San Jose after 1300 hours on Friday 25 June . Exact arrival requirements may depend on the Track selected. We will notify you of your travel requirements when you are accepted.

INET'99 begins at 1800 hours, Tuesday 22 June and ends at 1230 hours on Friday 25 June.


The workshop is specifically directed toward the needs of people from developing countries who are playing or will play an important part in introducing and extending public internetworking in their countries and regions. Attendees should be involved in planning to establish or in establishing the Internet's presence in their countries and regions, in institutionalizing its operation, and/or in assisting the country's schools and universities, governmental agencies, local firms, and residents in learning about and exploiting the range of services available through the net.

Staff members of international and bilateral technical co-operation agencies, as well as professionals having substantial involvement in international technical assistance activities, are also eligible for admission as space allows.

Participants who have attended one or more previous Internet Technology Network Workshops (formerly Developing Countries Workshop) will be considered eligible to attend the 1999 workshop; however, these former participants must apply for a course of study other than subjects studied previously. Their request must be consistent with their responsibilities in a national and/or regional context, and a convincing argument for repeated attendance must accompany the application. This should include a statement of the activities carried out as a result of the previous workshop. Less financial aid will be available for repeat attendees than for first-time applicants.

Application for Admission

To apply for admission, please complete the Online Application Form as soon as possible, but no later than 9am US Eastern 11 March 1999. If you expect to attend the workshop as the result of being awarded a United Nations or similar fellowship awarded by a multilateral of bilateral aid agency, please inform us of the details in your application.

Applicants will be notified of their acceptance to the program and the amount of financial aid, if any, available to them at the end of April. Please note that in this context, the workshop activity includes attendance at the INET'99 Conference. If you are admitted to the workshop, you should NOT register separately for the Conference; that will be done automatically for you.

NOTE: Applicants are required to submit some form of reliable electronic address (Please make an effort to give an electronic mail address if possible; a reliable FAX number should also be included on your application, and can be used for correspondence if e-mail communication is not possible.)in order to expedite notification of their acceptance as well as any further correspondence. Please be sure that all of the contact information you submit is legible and accurate, or we will not be able to contact you.


Every visitor to the United States must have a valid passport in order to obtain the necessary visa from the U.S.A. If you apply to attend the workshop, be prepared to obtain a passport immediately upon receiving an invitation to attend, or sooner if practical, since visa procedures may be lengthy.

It is the responsibility of participants to ascertain the visa requirements that apply to them and to obtain any appropriate visas (including transit visas) needed to attend the workshop and the related conference. The Internet Society will assist applicants in this matter by providing visa application information as well as information regarding the Workshop, the Society and its professional goals and activities.


The cost of attending the workshop and associated events is U.S. $3,500. Your acceptance may depend on your ability to provide some or all of the funding for the workshop and air transportation. This fee includes:

  • All tuition and fees for the workshop.
  • All lodging charges from Saturday, 12 June through Friday, 25 June.
  • All meal charges for the period starting with dinner on Saturday evening, 12 June through breakfast on Friday morning, 25 June.
  • Registration at the INET'99 Conference (22-25 June), including those meals and social events included in conference registration.

Participants should bring the equivalent of U.S. $50 for airport transfers and departure tax. They may wish to budget approximately U.S.$50-250 for optional travel and other needs and activities (laundry, etc.) from Sunday 20 June through the morning of Friday, 25 June.

For some candidates, the Internet Society will provide financial assistance to cover a part or all of each participant's overall expenditures. If you request financial aid for the workshop, please be certain to provide the financial information that will be requested in the application for admission. Financial aid will take the form of either pre-paid airline tickets for travel to and from your workshop location and the INET'99 conference, partial or total coverage of the workshop fee, or both.

The overall amount of aid available will be limited. Please make all possible efforts to secure whatever funding is possible from sources known to you. If you are requesting financial aid, please tell us why it is necessary, how you expect to fund part of your expenses, and what efforts you have made and are making to obtain additional aid. Aid from ISOC may depend upon your ability to obtain partial financial support from other sources.

Additional Information

Specific questions regarding the workshop may be directed to Carla Rosenfeld, Manager of Conferences, by sending e-mail to <Carla@ISOC.ORG>  or sent by postal mail to 1999 Workshop Info, Internet Society, 12020 Sunrise Valley Drive, Suite 210, Reston, VA, 20191, USA.