Subject Work Items discussed during the REFEDs meeting
From Licia Florio <florio@xxxxxxxxxx>
Date Mon, 07 Jun 2010 14:21:46 +0200

Hi all,

The proper minutes of the meeting will be circulated at a later stage,
but in the meanwhile I'm circulating the list of topics that were deemed
relevant during the meeting.

There is also a meta-topic (not listed but of course relevant), that is
to identify topics that we think are mature enough to be discussed/moved
to other communities.

Could you please provide your comments to the proposed list of topics by
Friday at latest?


a. Raising REFEDs profile
REFEDs flywheel, website, etc

b. Established points of contacts with dependable communications for all
major R&E federations and VOs
The main challenge will be to keep this list up-to-date (the current
REFEFs wiki has got already an extensive list, but mechanisms should be
defined to ensure that the data on wiki are kept up-to-date).
This is particular relevant for moving VOs related efforts forward.
These include discussions with VO leadership, specific plans for
rollouts and cutovers, and contacts with those federations whose
countries house major research groups.

c. Working with publishers
Andrew reported on the initial calls between a some of REFEDs
participants and publishers. Andrew noted that the publishers when
approached were very positive about the REFEDs. They felt that REFEDs is
the only forum where their needs can be discussed in an international

As engaging with the publishers can result in discussing a variety of
issues, Andrew proposed that he would, in consultation with the
publishers, prepare a list of topics that would then be mapped to REFEDs
roadmap. Some of the issues identified cover licences, usability, and so

(including exploring the usage of DOI and EZproxies)

d. User Interface
This includes rough consensus on common language for use in privacy
managers, work on harmonising user interfaces, consensus on common
language for use in privacy managers.

e. Discovery
Decide on a specific plan for eduId (note that eduID is just a temporary
name, no agreement on the name has been reached) and foster the
deployment. The discovery problem is being worked on in many different
arenas within the Internet identity community, including ULX, OpenId,
Infocard, etc.
The liaison with the publishers could be beneficial for this.

g. Attributes
Semantic of eduPerson: based on the discussion followed after Mikael's
talk use-cases need to be collected and discussed.

e. Looking at ways to exchange verified metadata
Create a WG to define a short-term approach to providing metadata for
shared community resources (e.g. the Refeds wiki, the spaces wiki, the
Czech medical atlas, etc)

eduGAIN is not the answer to everything, other solutions should be
looked at. Several options are already available; the output of this
work item should be the reach consensus on which solution(s) to use.

f. LoA
- waiting for the results coming from JISC study on deployability of
both InCommon Silver and Kantara;

- next steps for federations to start deploying higher LoA

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