<<August 10, 2000>>
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Mr. Bruce R. Best <bbest@uog9.uog.edu>

Roger Lee Boston <rboston@tenet.edu>

Prof. Dr. Roberto Andrea Mueller <rmueller@mail.ufv.br>

Masami Kikuchi <masami@acm.org>

Mrs. Yoko Takagi <teleclas@mbd.sphere.ne.jp>

Dear Bruce, Roger, Roberto and Masami:

(1) Many thanks for your msgs.

ATTACHMENT I from Bruce,

ATTACHMENT II to IV from Roger,

ATTACHMENT V from Roberto,

ATTACHMENT VI from Masami.

Dear Bruce:

(2) My sincere congratulations to your successful videoconferencing on
8/1st!! I presume that your workshop was also very successful.

I am very glad to hear that our back-up plan worked out well. It is
always wise to have a back-up for the key component of the videoconferencing.

As said before, it is prudent to do thorough testing prior to the
event, and then another testing 30 minutes before the event.

Yes, audio is absolute necessity, and then contents (text, graphics,
images, etc.) and thirdly video, in the order of importance for the videoconferencing.

For example, if you want to emphasize the importance of content,
you can employ web and audio. If you further concern with the
cost of phone call, you may use Internet telephony free of charge.
You can then use NetMeeting via Internet and freeze the video to
save the bandwidth for the audio via Internet telephony.

(3) The configuration of this videoconferencing was very significant with
affordable and accessible approach. It used together Polycom via ISDN
(at 128 Kbps) through satellite, one ISDN bridge at PEACESAT at the
University of Hawaii and another multi-purpose bridge at Houston
Community College, and 8x8/H.324 videoconferencing unit via POTS, and
PictureTel (?) videoconferencing unit via ISDN at George Washington
University -- thanks to Roger's effort (ATTACHMENT II and III).

Dear Electronic Colleagues:

Pls visit Roger's web site in ATTACHMENT III to see the photos of
this event how he made this low cost teleconferencing spanning
almost 12 hour time zones around the globe -- you can see me among them, too.

(4) However, it was pity you and your workshop attendees could not have a
chance to hear of extensive distance learning program with 11,000
outreach students at Roger's Houston Community College (ATTACHMENT IV).

Bruce, anyway, you have now a good friend, Roger, who can help you for
your future events -- he is now in China again for this week -- BTW, I
will be in Sao Paulo next week.

(5) Pls make sure to send me the results/proceedings of your workshop. I am
very much interested in the vision and future plan your people set up
during the workshop -- particularly your next step to upgrade the line,
say, to T1 (1.5 Mbps).

Dear Roberto:

(6) I visited your web in ATTACHMENT V with great interest -- keep up your good work!!

Dear Masami:

(7) Many thanks for your enthusiastic msg (ATTACHMENT VI).

I visited your excellent web site.

I may be in Tokyo in early November so let's try to meet with Yoko together.

Best, Tak

From: "Bruce Best" <bbest@uog9.uog.edu>
To: "Tak Utsumi" <utsumi@columbia.edu>, "Roger Boston" <rboston@tenet.edu>, "John Woodard" <Johnw@uog9.uog.edu>, "Paul Caffrey" <pcaffrey@gwis2.circ.gwu.edu>, "Robert Underwood" <guamtodc@mail.house.gov>, "Dirk Ballendorf" <ballendo@uog9.uog.edu>, "Kofel, John (exchg)" <kofelj@prel.org>, "Ted Christensen" <tedc@gwu.edu>
Subject: Si Yuus Maase
Date: Tue, 8 Aug 2000 16:20:04 +1000

To all presenters and resources,

First, I want to thank all of the off-island presenters for the University of
Guam's Distance Education Regional Policy Forum last week.

Although we had many glitches, mostly local, we did have many positive
comments on the multiple technologies used to bring speakers into the
conference. This was a first for the Western Pacific, no where has anybody
brought in off-island ISDN video on this scale. The combination of ISDN,
H.324, and audio teleconference showed the audience the integrated approach we
can use to bring distance education and telehealth to the Pacific Islands.

I personally want to the far end workers that stayed late for the video
teleconference: Tak, Roger, and the GWU Group. I want to apologize for the
limited time available for presentations, we had to cut of by 2230 GMT on the
Hawaii/ATT bridge. Tak, our backup plan with the phone audio brought in your
talk fine. Roger we regret not having time for you to explain your program.

Once again, thank you very much.

Bruce Best

Date: Fri, 28 Jul 2000 22:00:16 -0700
From: Roger Boston <rboston@tenet.edu>
To: utsumi@columbia.edu
Subject: Monday Audio test

<<August 10, 2000>> Removed here by T. Utsumi,

Not many have attempted a transcontinental/trans-pacific video link via H.324/
POTS to a distant Island that cannot even make an off-island data call much
past 4800 baud on POTS, and we've done it already in a three way video
exchange, delivering your modem speed video crisply to Guam and receiving
their image in return, in all three locations!!

Monday will be a big step forward for us.


Date: Tue, 01 Aug 2000 18:06:35 -0500
From: rboston <rboston@tenet.edu>
To: utsumi@columbia.edu
Subject: New York, Washington DC, Houston, Hawaii, Guam


Date: Tue, 01 Aug 2000 20:59:08 -0700
From: Roger Boston <rboston@tenet.edu>
To: utsumi@columbia.edu
CC: Bruce Best <bbest@uog9.uog.edu>
Subject: Re: New York, Washington DC, Houston, Hawaii, Guam


Yes, I did have a short presentation prepared.
We serve 11,000 distance Ed Students here annually in Houston, quite a
different scale from GWU, and I have had many many opportunities already to
present our fine work to distant audiences, so missing on this one is not the
end of the world. I think Bruce just ran out of time today, am not offended.
You are right nowever, many MANY hours went into the preparations for this
event to accomplish the video bridging, plus we bore the cost of the Trans
Pacific ISDN connections to Hawaii Thursday, Friday, Yesterday and Today.

Hopefully there will be some lasting value in knowing that decent video was
delivered half a world away today via H.324 POTS at modem speeds, bridged
across through both ISDN and Satellite for the run across the Pacific -- that,
plus the identification of certain improvements in the linkages that we can
address to improve its operation here will be worth something to the community
down the road.

We noticed some serious problems with the Audio from GWU and occasional
strange intervals of silence, and jumpiness in the video from Guam at times
but I am please to have identified the weaknesses in this linkage, so that the
next similar linkup can be made better.

Enjoyed it!


Date: Sun, 30 Jul 2000 06:57:01 -0400
From: Roberto Andrea Mueller <rmueller@mail.ufv.br>
To: utsumi@friends-partners.org
Subject: Re: Greetings for Guam workshop

Dear Dr. Takeshi Utsumi
Thank you for delivering in advance this interesting "Greetings for Regional
Policy Forum: Charting the Future Course of Distance Education in the Western
Pacific, The University of Guam" and GSU/GLOSAS references.

On future I would appreciate to contribute with GSU, GLOSAS enterprise with
our Teleeducation page set with interactive Telelaboratory and Teleagriculture
and Teleart, as you can see at the URL


This page is not yet completely public because we are in the Unesco's Web
Prize 2000 competition.

Best Regards.

Date: Sun, 11 Jun 2000 10:16:58 +0900
From: Masami Kikuchi <cooci@ceres.dti.ne.jp>
Organization: Video Online Workshop
To: utsumi@columbia.edu
Subject: Re: Distance learning activities in the Western Pacific region

Dr. Takeshi Utsumi:

My name is Masami Kikuchi, a silent subscriber to your mailing list, also a
grassroot developer/producer of live contents for intercultural communication
and distance education with entertainment contexts, using ISDN-based
videoconferencing systems, based in Chiba, Japan.

I once tried contact with you but am not sure if you remember; I was
originally ushered by some international disaster rescue organization, and
totally different route of TeleClass International led by Ms. Yoko Takagi.

I am currently associated some distance learning teams at boards of education
in USA and one adult education center in Lahti, Finland, by introducing music
performances with the traditional instruments like Shakuhachi, koto, etc, and
exchanging such music sessions with those instutions.

I am also involved with a committte for satellite communication opportunities
for civil use organized NASDA, Japan, though it's poorly activated.

Now that your mailing list network seems to near my region, namely western
pacific possibly including Japan, I am inclined to be more positively involved
in such activities with you, though my telecomm environment is limited to 128kbps.

So far I am not capable of organizing ideas for myself how to participate in
your programmes, but what I can arrange are:

1. ISDN-based 2B(128kbps) videoconferencing system with me (CODEC: Zydacron X250)
2. soon to be prepared with PolyCom ViewStation 512 with 8B(512kbps) with me
(to be gifted by BECON, Broward County Education Communications Network, Florida)
3. venues in Chiba, including Chiba University, a private music hall and
"livehouses" for the musicians, all fully equipped with PA system (audio presentation system).
4. musicians in Chiba pros and amateurs for online entertainment, including traditional instrument players.
5. I can ask for cooperation to my network of communities as:
ThinkQuest@Japan, JUCEE (Japan-US Community Education and Exchange) Japan,
entrepreneurial group of Japan, NASDA, and very inactive videoconferencing
users forum of Japan, not to mention of TeleClass International.

I was a co-producer of the first internet cafe in Japan, Electronic Cafe
Tokyo, back in 1995, but I moved my activities to my town Chiba after 1996.
Since I am self-employed and grassrooted, my network in Japan is so limited
also due to insufficient funding opportunities; and I have concentrated my
network construction mostly on entertainment and community revitalization to
activate such contents for the forthcoming (yet to come) "globalization and IT
revolution" of Japan, because "comfortable" technological environment and
"entertaining" contents will eventually be accepted by schoolchildren,
students and citizens. We are abundant with such cultural contents after all.

Some of the contents will be found and enjoyed at my website for your reference at:

http://onlineworkshop.net/ (or if not accessible, vist:

I hope I can be of any assitance to and collaboration with you in the west
pacific region mostly, as your associate/colleague/ possibly partner in
telecommunications area from Japan.

Best regards,

Masami Kikuchi
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Mr. Bruce R. Best
Research Associate
Station Manager
Telecommunication and Distance Education Operation
Center for Continuing Education & Outreach Programs
University of Guam
Box 5278 UOG Station
Mangilao, Guam 96923
011-671-632-5310 4PM-8PM
011-671-734-8826 (Car)
Fax: 011-671-734-8377
Fax: 011-671-734-8377<<04/22/1994>>for short msg

Roger Lee Boston
Rockwell Chair/Instructor
Distance Education/Technology Center
Houston Community College System
4310 Dunlavy Street
P.O.Box 7849
Houston, Texas 77006
Tel: +1-713-718 5224
Fax: +1-713-718 5301
boston_r@hccs.cc.tx.us (secondary)

Prof. Dr. Roberto Andrea Mueller
Full time Chemistry Professor
University Counsellor
Departamento de Quimica
Universidade Federal de Vicosa
CEP 36571-000 - Vicosa
Minas Gerais - Brasil
Tel: (031)899-3057
FAX: (031)899-3065
http://www.lehigh.edu/~jlma/poly/poly.html -- for rotation of Bucky ball.

Masami Kikuchi
video-linked intercultural communication
Video Onine Workshop
Chiba, Japan
video/fax: +81-43-256-5524

Mrs. Yoko Takagi
Japan Representative
Teleclass International Japan
1-11-25 Tsukawaki
Takatsuki, Osaka 569-1036
Fax: +81-726-80-2115
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