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The final deadline for registration for the TERENA Networking Conference 2013 (TNC2013) and co-located meetings is approaching fast. TNC2013, hosted by SURFnet, the Dutch national research and education networking organisation (NREN) will take place on 3-6 June in Maastricht, the Netherlands. Online registration closes at midnight CET on 24 May 2013.
National research and education networking organisations (NRENs) are invited to participate in a survey that has been developed as part of the new Common NREN Information Model (CNIM). NRENs are kindly requested to complete the survey by 30 June 2013. The survey, and information on how to complete it, is available at http://www.terena.org/activities/compendium.
On 15 May 2013, the Arnes 2013 Conference in Kranjska Gora attracted a record number of ICT professionals in education, research and culture. The theme of this year’s conference was user mobility, and delegates had the opportunity to hear distinguished foreign and Slovenian speakers. The importance of mobile applications was also recognised by invited speaker Domenico Vicinanza, DANTE, a doctor of physics and composer known internationally for setting the Higgs Boson to music: “Tablets, smartphones and other devices are becoming increasingly popular, so the research and education sector must recognise the benefits they bring to network administration”.
Fed4FIRE, a project currently active in the Seventh Framework programme of the European Community for research, technological development and demonstration activities contributing to the creation of the European research area, and to innovation (2007-2013) requires the participation of new partners to carry out certain tasks within the project.
Submission deadline: 31 July 2013. Detailed information about the open call and its aspects can be retrieved online, at the link.
(Posted on behalf of the Fed4FIRE project.)
The 2013 Internet2 Annual Meeting was held in Arlington, Virginia, April 21–24 - the first in the new annual meeting format. The thematic focus of the meeting was Transforming Global Research and Education. The Internet2 community explored how universities, national research and education networks (NRENs) and other organizations use emerging technologies to meet research and education needs around the globe, including those of people living “at the margins” of society. Meeting sessions examined topics related to innovations in infrastructure, global research and education trends, revolutionary and disruptive applications, and Internet2’s community cloud services.
A music video produced by ARNES about ARNES is now available on YouTube with English and Portuguese subtitles.
A new website has been launched for the Trusted Introducer (TI) service, which provides accreditation and certification to Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRTs) across Europe. The website offers information relevant to the whole CSIRT community.
OpenID Connect is an upcoming standard for authentication, which seems potentially interesting for SURFconext and identity federations in general. SURFnet asked Novay to look into the relevance of OpenID Connect for SURFconext. Recently, their report on this topic was published. In this report we evaluate the OpenID Connect protocol in the context of NREN identity federations, and more specifically, SURFconext. We describe the similarities and differences between OpenID Connect and SAML 2.0, which is typically used in identity federations nowadays, and we explore if and how OpenID Connect could be useful in the context of SURFconext.
CANARIE, operator of Canada’s Advanced Research and Innovation Network, today announced 14 new participants in CANARIE’s Canadian Access Federation (CAF) service. This growth is the result of increased awareness of the value of a trusted digital identity among research and education communities to easily access protected online resources and services. The growth in participants in the Federation drives better value for all participants, as a larger community of users benefits from an expanded suite of online resources.
Topics inside this issue:
- 13 Selected Scientific Projects Benefit from Access to HPC Resources in South East Europe Through the HP-SEE Project Pilot Call
- How to plough a field with 1024 chickens?
- Student from Patras in Greece Wins the HP-SEE Computing Challenge
- HP-SEE call for fast track access to regional HPC resources
- News from Partners