Project DIANE

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Project DIANE, an acronym for Diversified Information and Assistance NEtwork, was a very early videoconferencing based community service network created in the United States. DIANE was a grassroots driven regional videoconferencing consortium which promoted and supported cooperative electronic alliances in education, community service, and economic development.

Created in 1992 in Nashville, Tennessee, Project DIANE was in active operation as a centrally managed public service network until 2006 when funding issues prevented its further development and expansion. Portions of the network still remain in service, however, though no longer under the Project DIANE moniker.

Peak network membership consisted of more than 200 participating organizations and more than 350 program and technical coordinators, supporting live interactive video programming over a service region consisting of twelve U.S. states and five countries.

History[edit]

Project DIANE was first proposed in 1992 as a regional diversity development project collaboration between the U.S. Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and a small consortium of public and private universities located within TVA's six state service region. After a year of deliberations and two successful community based field pilots, Project DIANE was given startup funding by the TVA.

The two field pilots, named the Nashville Pilot and the City Share Pilot were instrumental in demonstrating that videoconferencing technology was a viable and highly flexible mechanism through which to deliver a broad array of educational, economic development and public service resources to the general public. Both pilots were carried out with the participation of several dozen community service organizations, governmental agencies and corporations.

Primary sponsors and underwriters of the two pilots included TVA, BellSouth, IBM, and PictureTel (later purchased by Polycom). The Nashville Pilot was an intracity test of desktop videoconferencing technology with application test sites in Nashville, Tennessee constructed at Tennessee State University, Cumberland Science Museum (later renamed the Adventure Science Center) and the Looby Public Library.

One month after conclusion of the Nashville Pilot, the City Share Pilot testbed was created by connecting the three Nashville video test locations to additional video sites constructed in Huntsville, Alabama. A large portfolio of community oriented and educational test applications between Nashville and Huntsville were launched with a 40 minute discussion of intercity cooperation between the mayors of the cities. It is believed that the City Share pilot was the first ever intercity videoconference link ever constructed for non-commercial purposes.

In the years following the project's pilot startup, many public and private organizations participated in the network's public service programming and donated both in-kind and financial resources. Network participants and supporters were also successful in securing a wide bevy of public and private grants to pay for different types of community applications which utilized the project.

Overview[edit]

Project objectives[edit]

Project DIANE's primary objectives were to:

  1. develop a successful electronic community service network that could be expanded and/or replicated by all interested members of the community,
  2. bring education institutions, business development agencies, and community service organizations closer together for cooperative sharing of scarce public and private resources and
  3. provide needy individuals and groups with free, or low cost, digital access to useful information, assistance and professional expertise.

There were two notable aspects about the network. First, the project was designed as a broad-based, rather than niche-focused, community telecollaboration. DIANE membership reflected a wide spectrum of community organizations which came together online to jointly plan and carry out public programs and services.

The project was represented by most segments of the community, both in an organizational context (e.g., schools, community centers, libraries, business agencies, etc.) and individually (child through senior adult, families, handicapped, urban and rural, etc.) DIANE was inherently a "project of projects" with teleconferencing applications in the three target areas of education, community service and economic development.

A second key aspect of this project was that, from its inception, DIANE members worked diligently to include disadvantaged or neglected members of society in consortium program development activities. The avoidance of a two-tier cyber-society of "haves" vs. "have-nots" was a high priority. DIANE members took special care to include low income inner city residents, developmentally disabled children, senior citizens, speech and hearing impaired individuals, and other potential information highway have-nots in program development activities.

Participants[edit]

Online members of the consortium included family and community centers, speech & hearing treatment centers, K-12 schools, zoos, museums, public libraries, universities, language institutes, skill training centers, chambers of commerce, economic development agencies, healthcare groups, overseas military bases & dependents schools, and other service organizations.

Specific notable members of the project included the Small Business Administration sponsored Small Business Development Centers, the Tennessee Foreign Language Institute, the Adventure Science Center, Vanderbilt University, the Tennessee Foreign Language Institute, Tennessee League for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing, the Nashville Zoo, the Metropolitan Action Commission, Urban League of Nashville, the Boys & Girls Club, the Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee, the Catholic Diocese of Nashville, the Tennessee State Library & Archives, the Elephant Sanctuary of Hohenwald, the Nashville Public Library System, the Bank of America Small Business Resource Centers, and the U.S. Department of Defense Overseas Dependents School System.

Real-time telecollaboration[edit]

Telecollaboration was inherently the method by which DIANE organizations educated and assisted one another. Real-time telecollaboration took place in all project activities through two-way electronic exchanges between a resource provider (such as a K-12 teacher, college professor, business counselor, social worker, therapist, or other expert professional) and a person in need (e.g., student, small/minority business entrepreneur, researcher, family member, handicapped person, senior citizen, etc.). Real-time multimedia information exchanges occurred during videoconferences via electronic whiteboards, remote application sharing, electronic messaging, hi-speed file transfer and other means.

Programs and applications[edit]

DIANE's program portfolio included various independent and inter-dependent telecollaborations, offering resources and assistance to both mainstream and disadvantaged community segments. In addition to the general program descriptions given in this section, interested parties were able to click to the Project DIANE Directory and read the "DIANE Program & Resource Profile" for each individual organization. General teleconference based program areas established by the project included: the Economic Development Partnership, Tennessee Child Development Partnership, Teachers' Teleconferencing Curriculum Forum, Internet Distance Training, Global Community Project, and others.

Examples of specific program activities within these general program areas included the following: The Tennessee League for the Hearing Impaired offered videoconferencing-based Deaf culture workshops, sign language instruction, and translation services. Looby Metro Public Library supported a distance mentorship program called "Adopt-a-Grandparent" in which senior citizen library volunteers provide guidance and counseling to disadvantaged youth who called in from DIANE's community center locations. Therapists and physicians at the Bill Wilkerson Speech & Hearing Center and the Vanderbilt Child Development Center electronically assisted disabled children, including adolescents with autism and related communication disorders. High school students and teachers regularly consulted online with the project's educational resources such as the Cumberland Science Museum (e.g., for science information, environmental workshops, etc.) and to Meharry Medical College (e.g., to learn about viruses), etc.

Electronic field trips[edit]

The use of videoconferencing technology to electronically and interactively take students to exotic and faraway places was pioneered by Project DIANE. An important supplement to in-class instruction, schoolchildren frequently were able to go on electronic field trips through the DIANE network for meaningful interactive real-world learning experiences.

The Nashville Zoo conducted videoconferences with area schools to bring students safe interactive experiences with rare snow leopards and other wild animals. Animal conservationists from the Elephant Sanctuary in Lewis County, TN provided teleconference-based seminars on elephants and the need for animal preservation, even connecting video callers to remote cameras located in the elephant grazing pasture. Radnor Lake State Natural Area offered students a wide range of teleconference activities involving environmental conservation, water ecology, and wireless video/underwater camera views of its wildlife residents.

Often, Project DIANE electronic field trips took the children to international locations such as France, England, Japan, or to meet interesting people such as jet pilots, film actors and corporate executives. The Tennessee Foreign Language Institute conducted world culture seminars and foreign language instruction to DIANE participants, also providing students remote playback access to its 250+ international tape library. Tennessee's state information repository, the Tennessee State Library & Archives, provided interactive teleconference-based history seminars, library reference assistance, and live curator based video access to its rare manuscript collection, includes original American Civil War photographs, historic architectural drawings, original letters of President Andrew Jackson, the 1796 Tennessee State Constitution, etc.

Connecting students to experts outside the classroom[edit]

Connected schools and community centers teleconferenced with the local public library for story telling hour and puppet shows, with NationsBank's Small Business Resource Center and the Nashville Area Chamber for youth career planning and entrepreneurship programs, and with Meharry Medical College for health and hygiene workshops. An advanced placement (AP) course shared curriculum was being developed for use by area high schools. Current AP course development included environmental science and biology.

Regarding business development programs, any area business with compatible technologies could access Project DIANE's online economic development member agencies, including SBRC business experts, SBRC library resources, SBDC business counselors, area chamber of commerce program personnel, university business faculty, etc.

Awards and recognitions[edit]

International recognitions of Project DIANE included: Polycom Corporation’s Exceptional Content Provider Award (8/03), a Top 5 Rating by the European Commission's Global Bangemann Challenge (Stockholm, 6/99); 6 NII Global Information Infrastructure award citations (12/96-2/98) including an AT&T Special Telecollaboration Award; a "national success story" citation by the President's National Information Advisory Council (2/96), and an Awards Laureate designation by the Smithsonian Institute Information Technology Awards Program (6/95).

Key invited presentations and demonstrations of Project DIANE programming include national conferences and forums hosted by the American Library Association (Atlanta, GA, 6/02), National Science Foundation (Berkeley, CA, 12/00), U.S. Dept of Commerce (Washington DC, 4/98) and the White House (Philadelphia PA, 4/97).

Technology evolution[edit]

Project DIANE began as an all Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) BRA based community network using desktop personal computers deploying an H.320 codec, which later evolved into a hybrid switched digital and Internet IP based H.320/H.324 platform. It should be noted that the videoconferencing equipment used by Project DIANE in the Nashville and City Share startup field pilots were all OS/2 based videoconference units (PCS/1s) provided through a joint development partnership at the time between PictureTel and the IBM Corporation. These early video units were replaced during the startup phase with Windows OS-based PC desktop units.

In later years, the project's infrastructure also included a large number of set top videoconference units, as well as several dozen videoconferencing units for conference rooms. In the late 1990s, a large corporate donation of more than a hundred new videoconference units more than doubled the size of DIANE to more than two hundred video locations.

Project DIANE also later acquired a Tandberg Multipoint Control Unit (MCU), sometimes referred to as a video bridge or gateway, which allowed the network to deliver its interactive programming to up to 16 separate locations simultaneously. Funding for the MCU's required network connections (a Primary Rate Access high speed digital telephone line and an IP broadband access line) was provided by Tennessee State University and the Tennessee Department of Human Services, Rehabilitation Services Division.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Notes
Bibliography
  • Project DIANE presentation and live demonstrations, Catholic Diocese Conference, Nashville, Tennessee, August 3, 2002
  • Project DIANE Workshop, American Library Association Annual Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, June 13–19, 2002
  • Project DIANE Videoconferencing Techniques Presentation, Region 3 Financial and Administrative Conference, Co-Sponsored by Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation and U.S. Dept of Labor, Renaissance Orlando Resort at SeaWorld, Orlando, Florida, May 21–24, 2002 (forthcoming)
  • Project DIANE Presentation, Distance Education Conference sponsored by the Institute for the Integration of Technology in Education, Roxbury Community College, Boston, Massachusetts, February 11, 2002
  • Vanderbilt Medical Center LEND Program Site Visitation Report - Section on Project DIANE, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, January 17, 2002
  • Science and Technology Education Partnership (STEP) Newsletter - Section on Project DIANE, Issue 2, Vanderbilt University, January 2002
  • "Project DIANE Receives $1.1 Million Community Technology Grant", ComputerUser, January 2002, page 12
  • "Stoner Creek Among Recipients of DIANE Grant", Lebanon Democrat, December 21, 2001, page 25
  • "Project DIANE Grant", Mount Juliet News, December 19, 2001, page 8
  • "TSU Videoconference Project Gets $1.1 Million" - Project DIANE by Michael Cass, Tennessean, December 14, 2001, page 2B
  • "Tennessee's Deaf Service Centers Launch Network Under Project DIANE Umbrella" by Scutt Communications Services, League for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing News Release, December 13, 2001
  • Metro Classrooms to Link With Education Facilities - Project DIANE, Nicole Troutman, The City Paper, November 29, 2001, page 5
  • Superintendent Activity Report to Nashville/Davidson County School Board, Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools, November 16, 2001
  • After 9-11, Educators Turn to Electronic Field Trips, Jennifer Patterson Lorenzetti, eSchool News, October 24, 2001
  • "Project DIANE Combines Technology, Education" by William Williams, The City Paper, August 24, 2001, page 8
  • "Technology Day Project DIANE Learning Demonstrations", FootNotes: Friends of Nashville Public Library Newsletter, June 2001, page 3
  • The Home for Gentle Giants - Section on Project DIANE, Laura Sewell, American Profile: Celebrating Hometown Life, May 19, 2001
  • Teleconferencing in Distance Education -section on Project DIANE, Hearing Impaired Host, Bella Online Inc.: The Voice of Women on the Web, Los Angeles, California, May 18, 2001
  • "Project DIANE Overview and Distance Education Activities", Visual Collaboration Workshop, Mid-Thames Institute of Management, Slough, England, March 14, 2001
  • Interactive video presentation on Project DIANE, Eighth Annual Distance Education Conference (DEC2001), Texas A&M University, Austin, Texas, January 23–26, 2001
  • "School's Out" - Section on Project DIANE by Mary Gotschall, NASDAQ Magazine, December 1998, pages 44–46
  • "Take an Electronic Field Trip" - Sections on Project DIANE, Industry Solutions Publication, PictureTel Corporation, Winter 1998
  • "Kids Taking Electronic Field Trip Debut on Japanese TV" - Project DIANE by Lisa Battles, Mount Juliet News, Thursday, November 26, 1998, page 1
  • "DIANE Allows Kids to Go on Japan TV" by Jennifer Horton, Lebanon Democrat, November 19, 1998, page 1
  • "Creating Ways to Connect Students and Business - Project DIANE" by A. Bilton-Ward and M. Young, Exemplary Applications of Videoconferencing in Education, a report published by the Center for Occupational Research and Development, Waco, Texas, 1998, 54 pp.
  • Project DIANE Brings Videoconferencing to Tennessee Schools, Technological Horizons in Education (T.H.E.) Journal, Volume 26, Number 4, November 1998, page 40
  • "Elephants Coming to Library by way of Teleconference" - Project DIANE by Carrie Ferguson, Tennessean, June 19, 1998, page 2
  • "Technology Uplifts Society" - Project DIANE workshop, 25th Annual Meeting of WATTec, sponsored by the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and the Knoxville-Oak Ridge Regional Network, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Knoxville, Tennessee, February 16–18, 1998 (forthcoming)
  • "Expansion is Under Way", "Summer Teleconferencing", Sections on Project DIANE, Trunklines, Volume 3, No. 4, December 1997, pages 1, 4
  • "Teleconferencing Future Trends and Project DIANE", presentation and live demonstrations, Governor's Economic Summit: Tennessee Tuned-In To Tomorrow, sponsored by Tennessee Governor's Office, Opryland Hotel, Nashville TN, October 29–31, 1997
  • NeighborhoodLink: Community Network for Cleveland's Inner City" - Section on Project DIANE, Mary Ellen Simon, Proceedings of the Families, Technology, & Education Conference, Edited by Anne S. Robertson, October 30 - November 1, 1997, December 1998
  • Educational Videoconferencing Directory - Sections on Project DIANE, 2nd Edition, Center for Occupational Research and Development, Virtual Teaching Network, 1997
  • "Peek in on Life of Elephants" - Project DIANE, Tennessean, September 29, 1997, page 4B
  • "Visit the Sanctuary! (Without Driving to Hohenwald)" - Project DIANE, Trunklines, Volume 2, No. 3, Elephant Sanctuary Newsletter, June 1997, page 5
  • Project DIANE Live Demonstrations, coordinated by Janet Pride and Judy Butler, National Educational Computing Conference, Washington State Convention & Trade Center, Seattle Washington, June 30-July 2, 1997
  • "Project DIANE at Elephant Sanctuary" - Lewis County Chamber of Commerce Pilot, Lewis County Herald, June 19, 1997
  • "Project DIANE Overview" presentation by Garrett Harper, Toward Sustainable Development: Successful Communities of the '90s, 37th Annual ACCRA Conference, Renaissance Hotel, Cleveland Ohio, June 12–14, 1997
  • "Project DIANE Selected to Participate in Presidents' Summit for America's Future Conference", Lewis County Herald, April 24, 1997
  • "Project DIANE Reception" by Larry McCormack, Nashville Banner, April 10, 1997, page D4
  • "A Report on MMJ Region Four's Manufacturing Assistance Pilot", Manufacturing Means Jobs Initiative Research Report, March 1997
  • Project DIANE Live Demonstrations and Exhibit Booth, 1997 Tennessee Library Association Conference, Renaissance Hotel and Nashville Convention Center, March 12–14, 1997
  • "Business Community Networking - The DIANE Project", 16th Annual Office Systems Research Association Conference, Loews University Plaza, Nashville, Tennessee, February 27-March 1, 1997
  • "DIANE Offers High Tech Ways to Enhance Learning" by Joan Anderson, Tennessee Register, Volume 60, Number 3, February 10, 1997, page 13
  • "SBA Beams in French Lessons with Far Out Program"- Project DIANE by Joan Anderson, Tennessee Register, Volume 60, Number 3, February 10, 1997, page 12
  • "HOT Links Classroom to Stage" - Project DIANE by Kay Hodge, Review Appeal, January 31, 1997, page C1
  • "The Elephant Sanctuary : A Peaceful New Place" - Project DIANE, Friends of Animals, Georgia Chapter, Fall 1996
  • "Page Students Join in Teleconference" - Project DIANE, The Review Appeal, Franklin, Tennessee, November 22, 1996
  • "CBS Cameraman Films Science Class" - Project DIANE and Elephant Sanctuary, The Monday Memo, November 18, 1996
  • "Project DIANE Takes Learning Beyond Classroom Walls", White House Paper, Nashville Dominican Campus Quarterly Report, Fall '96 Issue
  • "Business Expo '96 - Tuned in to the Future" - Project DIANE Exhibit, Return on Investment, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, November 1996
  • "Experience the World: Visit Project DIANE Booth at Business Expo", Return on Investment, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, October 1996
  • "World eyes Nashville through Internet - Project DIANE Visitors", Return on Investment, Volume 7, Number 8, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, August 1996
  • Project DIANE Presentation and Live Demonstrations, "The View from the Top" Conference, Tennessee School Superintendents, Tennessee Executive Development Program, Sponsored by Tennessee Department of Education, BellSouth Economic Development Center, Nashville TN, May 7–8, 1996
  • "Residents Now Have Computer Link to MAC" - Project DIANE by Aissatou Sidime, Tennessean Close Up, May 1, 1996, page 4
  • "Virtual Classroom is a Mouse Click Away" - Project DIANE, The Chronicle of Mt. Juliet, Volume 16, Number 22, March 27, 1996
  • "World at Students' Fingertips" - Project DIANE by Brent Andrews, The Lebanon Democrat and Wilson County News, Volume 108, Number 60, March 25, 1996, page 1
  • "Chambers of Commerce in the 21st Century: New Roles and Perspectives" - Section on Project DIANE, presentation by Garrett Harper and Stephen Shao, 19th Annual Conference of the Southern Future Society, Hermitage Hotel, Nashville TN, March 14–16th 1996
  • McKinsey Report: Connecting K-12 Schools to the Information SuperHighway, Chapter on Libraries, Community Centers and Community Networks - Section on Project DIANE, A Report prepared for the National Information Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIIAC), McKinsey & Company, Inc, Palo Alto, California, March 18, 1996
  • "Telecommunications in Tennessee, A Watershed" - Section on Project DIANE, Tennessee Public Service Commission Final Report, March 1996
  • "Project DIANE: A National Success", Accent, February/March 1996
  • "Elephant Sanctuary Joins (DIANE) Network ", Lewis County Herald, February 15, 1996, page 1
  • "A Strategic Plan for Belfast to Become a Leading Information City of the 21st Century, Consultative Draft" - Section on Project DIANE, Strategic Plan of the InfoCity Consortium and the Belfast City Council, February 6, 1996
  • "Presidential Panel Endorses DIANE", Return on Investment, Volume 6, Number 2, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, February 1996
  • "Bill Wilkerson Center's Speech and Language Department Joins Project DIANE", Communicator, Fall/Winter 1995/96 Issue
  • Diversified Information and Assistance NEtwork, Highway One, A nonprofit democratic technology organization sponsored by AT&T, Apple Computer, IBM and others, Washington DC
  • "Saint Bernard Moves to Forefront of Technology Race" - Section on Project DIANE, Tennessee Register, January 1, 1996, page 12
  • "Kickstart Initiative - Connecting America's Communities to the Information Superhighway" - Section on Project DIANE, Final Annual Report of the United States Advisory Council on the National Information Infrastructure, February 1996
  • "Off the Record - Virtual Santa" - Section on Project DIANE by Beth Stein, Nashville Banner, December 13, 1995, page B1
  • "The DIANE Project", 1995 Information Systems Management Conference Proceedings, sponsored by Tennessee State Government, University of Tennessee Conference Center, Knoxville, Tennessee, December 5–8, 1995
  • Instant Replay - Project DIANE, Return on Investment, Volume 5, Number 11, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, November 1995
  • Project DIANE Brings World to Nashville, Chamber Executive, Volume 22, Number 9, American Chamber of Commerce Association, October 1995
  • "Project DIANE Reception", Vanderbilt Register, October 23–29, 1995
  • "TSU Forms Child Development Partnership with VUMC", Accent, October/November 1995, page 4
  • "VU and TSU Form On-Line Child Development Partnership", Nashville Pride, October 8, 1995
  • "Vanderbilt, TSU Program to Bring High-Tech Help to Special Needs Children", Nashville Business Journal, October 2–6, 1995, page 8
  • "Access the World Through Project DIANE" - Project DIANE, Return on Investment, Business Expo Convention Center Supplement, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, October 1995
  • "Project DIANE Reaches Out to Kids", Return on Investment, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce Newsletter, Vol.5, No. 3, October 1995
  • "Diversified Information & Assistance Network (DIANE) Project", presentation by Marva Nettles, Garrett Harper, Kate Sauermann and Stephen Shao, Technology in All Instructional Settings Conference Proceedings, sponsored by the Tennessee Board of Regents, Crown Plaza Hotel/South Central Bell Building, October 2–3, 1995
  • "VU, TSU Join in Technology Initiative" - Project DIANE, Vanderbilt Hustler, September 26, 1995
  • "Project DIANE", Moving Video to Center Stage: 4th Annual PictureTel User Group National Conference Proceedings, Sheraton Music City Hotel, Nashville TN, September 10–13, 1995
  • "Tennessee Child Development Partnership Formed", Return on Investment, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce Newsletter, Vol.5, No. 2, September 1995
  • "Technology Key to Attracting Business - Chamber Technology and Research Update: Project DIANE", Return on Investment, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, Vol.5, No. 1, August 1995
  • "DIANE Comes to Tennessee", SETA News, Southeastern Telecommunications Association, Vol.2, No. 2, July 1995, page 5
  • DIANE Live Demonstrations & Exhibits, Family Reunion IV Conference: The Family & The Media, moderated by Vice President Al Gore, address by President Bill Clinton, sponsored by Tennessee Select Committee on Children and Youth, Tennessee General Assembly, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, Nashville TN, July 9–19, 1995
  • "Project DIANE Implementation Issues", Distance Learning Desktop Implementation Panel, ITCA '95 Conference Proceedings, International Teleconferencing Association, Washington DC, June 13–16, 1995
  • "Project DIANE Overview" by Barry Blumberg, Interactive Networking Symposium, Sponsored by International Technology Research Inc, Enoch Pratt Free Library and Morgan State University Research Center, Baltimore MD, June 7, 1995
  • "DIANE: Diving Into a New Era" by Anna Lynn Little, The Tributary, Spring 1995, Vol., Issue 2, page 5
  • "River Project & Project DIANE: Electronic Field Trips" by Judy Butler, Rita Mott and Stephen Shao, Proceedings of the 12th Annual Tennessee Educational Technology Conference Proceedings, Sponsored by Tennessee Department of Education, Opryland Hotel, Nashville TN, March 12–15, 1995
  • "DIANE Opens Worldwide Classroom to SBA Students" by Frank Ritter, Tennessee Register, February 27, 1995, page 3
  • "Students Explore Far Away Places Without Leaving the Classroom" - Project DIANE by Frank Ritter and Ann Betts, Tennessean Close Up, February 22, 1995, page 4
  • "Community Network Collaborations" - Project DIANE, Community Network Panel, Celebration of Distance Learning Conference, Sponsored by Tennessee Education Technology Association Chapters, South Central Bell Building, February 21–22, 1995
  • "Students Make Virtual Visit to the Zoo" - Project DIANE by Dana Pride, Nashville Banner, February 13, 1995
  • "The Future is Here!" - Project DIANE, The Current, Vol. 1, No. 3, January/February 1995
  • "DIANE Project Connects Schools to World" by Kristi Walker, Brentwood Journal, January 25, 1995, page 1
  • "Groups at Community Centers Dancing Together by Way of Computer" by Wendy Kurland, Tennessean Close Up, November 30, 1995, page 3
  • "Mustafa's Dancing Thrills Two Groups" - Project DIANE, Tennessean Close Up, November 2, 1994, page 4
  • "Center Will Help Create Minority Opportunities" - Project DIANE by David Flaum, Memphis Commercial Appeal, October 27, 1994, page B1
  • "DIANE Project Brings Multimedia Terminals Online" by Cyrus Afzali, Nashville Business Journal, October 17–21, 1994, page 20
  • "FYI Tennessee, The First 4 Years: A Review, Status Report, and Updated Projection Report" - Section on Project DIANE, published by the Tennessee Public Service Commission, October 1994
  • "Region's Economic Diversity on Display at Business Expo'94" - Project DIANE, Nashville Business Journal, October 10–14, 1994, page 3
  • "Multimedia Teleconferencing for Small Business Development", Workshop Presentation, 1994 Chamber Business Expo, Nashville Convention Center, October 12–13, 1994
  • "Chamber of Commerce, Project DIANE Sponsoring Telecommunications Project", The Ledger, Nashville Banner, October 10, 1994, page 5
  • "Business Expo Video Conferencing" - Project DIANE, The Nashville Record, October 6, 1994
  • "Multimedia Network Expands in Tennessee and Alabama" - Project DIANE, Communications Industries Report, Vol.11, No.9, International Communications Industries Association, September 1994, page 31
  • "Project DIANE Service Network", Business Without Boundaries - MCI Virtual Network Users Conference Proceedings, Scottsdale, Arizona, September 12–14, 1994
  • "DIANE Project Overview", ITCA '94 Conference, Loews Anatole, Dallas, TX, International Teleconferencing Association Proceedings, June 20–22, 1994
  • "Amazing Things Happen When High Speed Switched Digital Lines Connect Computers" - Project DIANE, MCI Customer Newsletter 120%, July 1994
  • "NationsBank Small Business Center" - DIANE Project, Community Reinvesting, July 1994
  • "Computer Lets People Talk To, See Each Other" by Kevin Pollard,Tennessean Close Up, June 1, 1994
  • "Observation Deck"- Project DIANE by Vince Vittore, America's Network, May 15, 1994, page 6
  • "Telemedicine Putting Rural Areas On-Line to Care" - Project DIANE by Judy Holland, Nashville Banner, May 9, 1994, page B4.
  • "Network Providing People a New View Via Computer Linkup" by Kevin Pollard, Tennessean Close Up, May 4, 1994, page 6
  • "Information Highway - Project DIANE" by Betsy Ketsdever, Dimensions of Integrating Video and Literacy Instruction, International Reading Association SIG Newsletter, April 1994
  • "Education & Community Service Networking"- Project DIANE, ISDN in Education Conference, Nashville Convention Center, Nashville TN, March 14–16, 1994
  • "High Tech Highway" - Project DIANE by Tonya Kennedy, Special Information Superhighway Supplement, Nashville Banner, March 28, 1994
  • "Computer Network" - Project DIANE by Rodney Eubanks, Covington Leader, March 2, 1994
  • "High Tech Sharing Helps Students, Businesses and the Community" - Project DIANE by Stephen Shao, The Tennessean, February 6, 1994
  • "Network Promotes Universal Access" - Project DIANE by Jim DiLorenzo, Telephony, February 14, 1994
  • "Poor Need On-Ramp to Info Age" - Project DIANE by Tonya Kennedy, Nashville Banner, February 3, 1994
  • A Report on the DIANE Project's City Share Pilot, November 1993, 63 pages
  • "Music City and Rocket City Linked Through ISDN Project" - Project DIANE by Commissioner Keith Bissell, Tennessee Public Service Commission Newsletter, August 1993
  • "Edgehill Youngsters Catch a Glimpse of Future at TSU" - Project DIANE by Norma White, Metropolitan Times, page 22, August 17, 1993
  • "Reaching Out with a Network" - Project DIANE by Ed Gregory, The Tennessean, August 8, 1993
  • "The DIANE Project: An Overview", ISDN User, Vol. 7, No. 3, July/August 1993`
  • "The DIANE Project's Nashville Pilot", ISDN User, Vol. 7, No. 3, July/August 1993
  • "Technology Makes Idea from The Jetsons A Reality" - Project DIANE by Reagan Walker, The Tennessean, page 4B, July 24, 1993
  • "A&M, Tennessee State Share Computer Network" - Project DIANE by Phillip Taylor, Huntsville Times, July 16, 1993
  • "Tennessee State U. Computer Project Test Variety of Community Services" by David Wilson, The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 3, 1993 (http://www.chronicle.com/)
  • A Report on the DIANE Project's Nashville Pilot, February 1993, 42 pages
  • "Pushing State's High-Tech Buttons" by Stephen Shao, Taking Stock in Tennessee, Special Tennessean Report, page 29, February 7, 1993
  • "DIANE Project Explores Learning Technologies" by Azizuddin Nasir, Metropolitan Times, January 31, 1993
  • "Chamber of Commerce, TSU Push for Data Network" by Joe Hall, Nashville Business Journal, September 28-October 2, 1992
  • "DIANE Project an Aid to Small Business Owners" by Rhonnda Kerr, Nashville Business Journal, November 23–27, 1992
  • Project DIANE Testimony, Tennessee Public Service Commission Hearings on Integrated Services Digital Network, Nashville, Tennessee, November 4, 1992