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A new record for eduGAIN has been set with the addition of over 1,400 identity providers and service providers, thanks to a change in policy on the part of the UK Access Management Federation for Research and Education. With well over 2,000 participating services and institutions, eduGAIN sets a new record for growth as it continues to be the largest interfederation service.
This change means that 25% of all federated services that are known to REFEDS – which represents the global research and education identity federation community - are now available to be accessed by users through eduGAIN.
The TNC15 Programme Committee is still welcoming proposals for sessions and specific presentations for next year's conference. There are still a few days left to turn ideas into proposals; the deadline for submitting presentation abstracts and session proposals is midnight CET on Friday 28 November 2014.
Registration is open for the eighth Network Performing Arts Production (NPAP) workshop, which will be held on 4-6 May 2015 in London, UK. The workshop's programme is more advanced than previous events in the series and will build on the basic knowledge and skills acquired there or by using the learning materials. The NPAP workshops facilitate outreach to new user communities in the arts and humanities areas, particularly by demonstrating the use of research networks in supporting real-time musical, dance and other artistic performances. Participants learn about and use cutting-edge distance-education technology and explore new ways of incorporating audio and visual technology in performances.
On 24 November, the birthday of the late Karel Vietsch, the website of the foundation that was set up in his memory was launched (www.vietsch-foundation.org). The website has information on the criteria for the Vietsch Foundation Medal of Honour and on the types of projects the foundation will be able to support.
The zero-touch connectivity principle - especially in case of campus wireless networks - was the hottest discussion topic among the 35 participants of the third Network Architects Workshop. The workshop was held from 12-13 November 2014 in conjunction with the GÉANT (GN3plus) project's 'Future Network' activity (JRA1) meeting, and was hosted by NORDUnet in Copenhagen, Denmark.
At the SuperComputing conference in New Orleans, we’ll be demonstrating how an institution – the University of Amsterdam (UvA) – can set up a light path and spin up a virtual machine within that light path in a single step and with no intervention whatsoever. Read our blog about the demo.
The President of the Republic of Slovenia decorated ARNES with the Order of merit for development and research in the field of introducing new information and communications technologies in Slovenia. The decoration was bestowed on 17 November 2014.
On Wednesday, 12 November 2014, the first ARNES free mass online course on safe Internet use was launched. The course consists of short videos, interesting materials and quizzes and is intended both for Internet user beginners and for those who are already familiar with safe Internet use. A three-week course allows particiants to choose their own weekly load and they receive a Smart Internet User badge upon completion of the course.
eduroam – the worldwide single sign-on secure network which provides Wi-Fi connectivity access for education and research – reached more than 600,000 internet-enabled devices in the UK last month.
During October a total of 608,131 devices were successfully authenticated using the eduroam national infrastructure, which is managed through the Janet network provided by Jisc. This is in comparison to 487,437 devices in the previous month, and is almost double the amount year-on-year (337,109 in October 2013).
Over the last three years an exponential increase in the number of devices counted roaming between member organisations has resulted in this milestone being reached. It is a measure of just how many students, teachers and researchers are benefitting by being able to connect to eduroam networks away from their home organisations when travelling.
The GÉANT Association has demonstrated its engagement in pushing forward open education (OE) standards and services by sending a positioning paper to the European Commission (EC) in which it proposes to develop a pilot European Open Educational Resource (OER) portal service. In the paper, the GÉANT Association also offers its knowledge and expertise to progress the objectives of the EC’s open education policy. The paper has been prepared by the GÉANT Association's member NRENs (National Research and Education Networks) and was approved by the NREN Policy Committee and the General Assembly of the association.