What do we need in a Network lab?
If the forum has the resources, it could establish a test lab in Abuja where we can try and these things and show prove of concept ... then member universities can copy. With such a lab ... any one of us could just pop in (or it could be more organized like a week for a team of 5 ppl to come to the lab) and work on a solution and get it to the level of proof of concept.
We need to develop Mukoms idea quoted above into a full fledged concept paper/proposal complete with a budget that can be presented to the Forum secretariat. Inputs from varied sources interested in these sort of experimenting are solicited so we have as extensive a plan as possible.
Discussions would necessarily revolve around the purpose of the lab in greater detail and how this will be effected. One thought that springs to mind as I write is the need to articulate any outcomes to the larger membership who are the ultimate benefactors of any evaluations/experimentation.
How do we do this? I am a big fan of screen casting and the new dimension it brings to sharing information and supporting users. Would it be useful for this lab to have a dual purpose? A networking lab with multimedia facilities to create video documentation in the form of screencasts and maybe some experimentation with VoIP
Ladies and gentlemen...lets hear your views