chapter  1
Founding Vision of Network Science: Assessment
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Network science began with the simple idea of creating communication links among classrooms to share e-mail and data. Proposed as KIDNET and later renamed National Geographic Kids Network, the idea was developed through a collaboration of TERC and the National Geographic Society. Funded in 1986 by the National Science Foundation, NGS Kids Network made use of multiple new technologies-desktop computers, graphical user interfaces, modems, and computer networks-to enable the rapid exchange of messages between distant sites via telecommunications.