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We all are central regions


The main goal to the PropulseART Research Program, initiated by the Society for Arts and Technology [SAT], is to enable remote groups to “be together”, to break geographically induced remoteness itself by way of a public event, whether of cultural, educational or socio-economic nature. Combining the advantages of IP fiber optic networks, of digital audiovisual technologies and IT, PropulseArt makes it possible to link together, in an interactive manner, remote locations with dozens, hundreds or even thousands of people, whatever the distance. The program offers an alternative to the current vision of a collective future solely involving individual computer screens and creates opportunities for remote collaborations between two or more physically distant communities. With a territory as wide as the Province of Québec, social, economic and ecological advantages are obvious. Imagine what they would provide on an international scale.

At first initiated to reinforce both the stability and quality of sound, video and data transmissions for remote networked shows and events, PropulseART can also accommodate events such as socio-economic colloquiums and conferences, regional gatherings and meetings and other similar manifestations. Furthermore, the locations where these types of events are organized are very often theatres or public cultural venues, particularly when located outside of major urban centers. By connecting culture we are connecting communities. The alliance between culture, education and regional development is only natural under that light. Every community wishes for great visibility beyond their immediate surroundings. They all need external links and contact points in order to become challenged intellectually to develop and prosper.

Distribution under GPL (General Public License and open source code) was an obvious choice for the development of such a platform. Initially financed with public funds, PropulseART will benefit many different sectors and create opportunities for countless collateral services, generating incomes for participating communities: production and presentation of content over the network, highly qualified jobs in the concerned regions, network and audiovisual integration, specialized education… open source implies multiple collaborations. Whether coming from Sweden, Catalunya, Belgium or Gaspé, the participants’ “being together” will dictate the outcome of the project which will be shared by communities of developers around the world.


A collective experience for Quebec


Since the late-80s, with the help of the Canadian and Quebec governments, universities have been financing Quebec's Scientific Information Network (RISQ - Réseau d'Informations Scientifiques du Québec), one of the most efficient fiber optic infrastructures in the world. They have provided Quebec’s community of researchers, artists and higher education professionals a top of the range fiber optic network. This network links together all the Universities and CEGEPs in Quebec. Such institutions are all house auditoriums where they regularly hold educational, social and cultural meetings and events. Ideal places for public gatherings and encounters, such venues are already connected to the very heart of their local and regional community.

The network is currently employed essentially for web browsing and centralized software used for research and educational purposes. Bidirectional audiovisual collaboration, even with its amazing potential, is underused mainly because of a lack of knowledge and expertise, and certainly not due to lack of interest. With the help of PropulseART, it is now possible to create a network of expertise in Quebec connected to the rest of the world that will develop open source software and to which each participant offers their contribution thus enriching it. We wish to provide communities with the tools and savoir-faire that will help them turn their auditoriums and venues into infrastructures allowing interactive collaboration not only with other regions in Quebec but with the rest of the world.

The undergoing cultural digital mutation necessitates the collaboration of the cultural, scientific, technological and sociological sectors which, combined together, have an essential role to play in the emergence of innovative projects and proposals. There is an urgent and imperative need to support such initiatives regrouping Quebecois artists and IT & telecom entrepreneurs to develop contents, technological solutions and processes that will benefit Quebec’s culture and society, generating exportations, create jobs and common wealth.

This transversal consortium will eventually put Quebec in a leadership position in terms of creative production, presentation and conservation of digital content along with countries that care for the preservation of their cultural dynamism and the development of new and innovative social and economic models.

René Barsalo,
Director, Research & Strategy at the SAT


Partner's point of view


“The RISQ is delighted to partner with the SAT and its PropulseART software to celebrate Gaspé’s 475th anniversary. The groundbreaking PropulseART technology provides several communities in the province of Quebec with exciting opportunities at both the educational and cultural level. It also requires a top of the range infrastructure. Connecting educational institutions in Quebec, the RISQ’s advanced IT network was conceived and designed to accommodate the very demanding needs of the research and education sectors. The extent of our network and the participation of the Réseau collectif de la Gaspésie (Gaspésie’s collective network) allows us to reach all of the regions in Quebec and offer them such promising services.”

Michel Vanier,
Chief Executive Officer – RISQ, Inc.


“For RIDEAU, PropulseART offers a unique opportunity to accelerate decentralization as it enables regional artistic initiatives greater reach to larger urban centers and vice versa as well as between regions. This is, to us, the true essence of networking.”

Colette Brouillé,
Executive Director - RIDEAU


“When Gaspésie and Montreal decide join forces, the whole of Quebec benefits.”

Roland Auger,
Executive Director - Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles
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