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The Caribbean Knowledge and Learning Network (CKLN) is forming a substantial network engineering group in order to keep pace with the increasing demands being made of C@ribNET, the Caribbean research and education (R&E) network. At CKLN, Eriko Porto is supported by Juan Bailey and more recently, Reiner Campillo. The network operating centre (NOC) services are provided by the Mexican R&E network, CUDI, which has also recently added to its staff.
CUDI has 15 years experience and has been ably supporting C@ribNET's NOC for more than 18 months. The engineers at CUDI are Jorge Ramirez, Daniel Aranda, Silvia Chavez and Luis Castro, the newest member of the CUDI team. NOC services are critical to the management of any R&E network, ensuring support to users and maintaining stability in service operations while allowing for changes in design, scale, and scope of service levels.
Researchers from the Astroinformatics Laboratory of the Center for Mathematical Modeling (CMM) at Universidad de Chile (UChile) and from the Millennium Institute for Astrophysics (MAS) have completed an unprecedented digital survey of the sky in almost real time. This survey allowed them to detect 12 supernovae, i.e. the explosive death of stars, only hours after they appeared in the sky.
ASREN is organising a 'Clouds for Research and Education' workshop in Rome on 24-26 June, 2014. This will satisfy the need of both managers and IT professionals by providing all the business information about cloud computing and the cloud technical essentials that are the starting point for the professional cloud level and certifications. Do not miss the chance to join us!
REFEDS looks forward to its main annual meeting, which will be held in conjunction with the TERENA Networking Conference (TNC2014) in Dublin. More than 75 participants will attend the meeting on 18 May to hear progress updates regarding the current REFEDS work plan and presentations, from a range of community experts involved in access and identity management.
Sourcing ICT facilities from an external party has a major impact on the configuration of an organisation's ICT processes. SURF has produced the SURF Sourcing Maturity Self Assessment, a simple and practical questionnaire, which puts organisations and institutions in a position to determine for themselves whether all aspects of a potential sourcing arrangement are in order. The SURF Sourcing Maturity Self Assessment has already been used by a number of Dutch higher education institutions.
More than 400 organisations from 29 countries participated in a large international exercise called Cyber Europe 2014, in late April. The CESNET-CERTS team was among the security teams, representing the Czech Republic in this important event.
TERENA invites visitors to the 2014 TERENA Networking Conference (TNC2014) to download the Conference4me app, developed by the Polish national research and education networking organisation, PSNC. This app will be a valuable companion for participants, allowing you to check the daily conference schedules on-the-go.
REFEDS is pleased to announce that its first Entity Category has been formally approved by the REFEDS Steering Committee and is available for use by research and education federations. The Research and Scholarship Entity Category helps identity providers to securely release a set of attributes, including personal data, to a service provider that has proved it needs the information to provide an effective service to users.
Winvision was asked to host the complete data centre infrastructure for Hotelschool The Hague. With such a huge volume of traffic generated by the data centre it was clear from the outset that it couldn’t be managed with a VPN tunnel. A permanent fibre-optic connection was briefly considered but a connection to the NetherLight light path exchange turned out to be a much more interesting alternative. Read about it in Best Practice.
In a recent blog post, Nicole Harris reports on a Levels of Assurance session at the recent TERENA AAI Workshop and describes the work that REFEDS and other organisations are undertaking to deliver greater assurance for Identity Federations.