Rhode Island Network for Educational Technology, Inc. (RINET)

Norm Chapman 1942-2012

OSHEAN, Inc. is a consortium of non-profit organizations tasked with the creation of an Internet communications network.  OSHEAN was founded in 1999 through a collaboration by RINET (Rhode Island Network for Educational Technology – K-12), the University of Rhode Island and Brown University. The consortium of non-profit organizations, now totaling 28, was originally formed to bring an Internet2 point-of-presence to Rhode Island.

From September 1997 to June 2001, Norm Chapman of Saunderstown and the Director of Technology in the Narragansett, RI School District  was the first and only employee to run a start-up project to develop and provide Internet services for RI's public, private and parochial schools and districts. Shortly thereafter, he worked with the Board to incorporate it as the Rhode Island Network for Educational Technology (RINET), a 501(c)(3) non-profit business, and began serving as the Executive Director. From its onset, RINET was owned and operated by a consortium of K-12 districts, the Department of Education, Brown, URI and the Office of Library Instructional Services (OLIS). It became the Internet Service Provider for all RI schools and districts. It still operates as RINET, but has merged with OSHEAN, the nonprofit consortium of local organizations building a high-capacity broadband network throughout Rhode Island for colleges, universities, hospitals, government agencies and other anchor institutions.

Mr. Chapman attended Dartmouth University was tutored by(The developer of the computer language BASIC) John Kemeny on how to program and placed the Dartmouth Time Share on terminals in Hanover, NH classrooms in 1970. In 1981, he co-developed a computer literacy course of instruction while moonlight teaching kids and adults how to program. He was invited to develop and teach his literacy program and be an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science for the University of NH's School for Life-long Learning and for Lebanon College.  Mr. Chapman worked for The Learning Ledge of Hanover, New Hampshire from 1981 to 1996.

After twenty (20) years in the classroom, including one (1) year on a research and teaching sabbatical in England, he "retired" from teaching in 1985 to run a home business full-time and to be a roving computer technology coordinator for school districts in the Dartmouth College region. He served as a summer term advisor to Dartmouth's Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program (M.A.L.S.). Then, John Kemeny asked him to promote BASIC Computer Language and math software products for his company, TrueBASIC where he worked until 1992.


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