Authentication and Authorisation

Authentication is the process of verifying claimed identity. Authorisation relates to checking that the authenticated user has been granted rights to access a resource. An Authentication and Authorisation Infrastructure (AAI) is a system that provides an implementation of these two concepts.

Cloud Services and Activities

Cloud computing is a model for enabling ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction. (NIST SP800-145)

TERENA has been involved in Cloud activities since 2010. These activity area pages are intended to link the work that has been taking place in TF-MSP, STORAGE, NREN-Clouds and the ASPIRE foresight study..

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eduroam, which has been running since 2003, is the educational network roaming infrastructure that allows users from participating institutions to access a wireless LAN at other participating locations using their home institution's credentials. The eduroam infrastructure is based on 802.1X standard technology and RADIUS proxy servers backend.

TERENA Secretariat staff are part of eduroam's European confederation level Operational Team, which is funded by the GN3 project.


The TERENA EuroCAMP (European Campus Architecture Middleware Planning) workshops started in 2005. The aim of EuroCAMP is to reach out to the European campuses and promote state-of-the-art middleware technologies.

REFEDS: Research and Education Federations

REFEDS' mission is to be the voice that articulates the mutual needs of research and education identity federations worldwide. It aims to represent the requirements of research and education in the ever-growing space of access and identity management.

REFEDS addresses to need of existing and emerging e-identity federations
operating in the field of education and research in Europe, Australia, America and Asia to collaborate on inter-federation issues.

SCHAC (SCHema for ACademia)

Running period: May 2005 - N / A

The SChema for Academia, SCHAC, is the result of the work carried out in the area of attributes coordination to address inter-institutional data exchange, recognised by the NRENs as a real need.

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Since 2003, TACAR (TERENA Academic CA Repository) offers a trustworthy solution to the problem of downloading root CA certificates. The problem that TACAR addresses is the use of Public Key Infrastructures (PKI) and how to get the appropriate root CA certificates needed by browsers in a practical and cost-effective manner. A possible solution that can be applied within the TERENA community is the provision of a trusted repository which contains verified root CA certificates.

TERENA Registry

Running period: March 2006 - N / A

In March 2006 IANA assigned the number 25178 as the Enterprise Number for TERENA.
TERENA uses the Enterprise Number 25178 to:

- create and maintain a TERENA OID
- register some RADIUS Attributes

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