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To support the spread of knowledge about how best to manage identities and federated access, a new series of ‘IAM Online’ webinars has been launched, to dovetail European-focused information with complementary materials that target the US research and education community. IAM Online Europe is jointly managed through the GÉANT Project, the AARC project and the REFEDS group and the webinars provide training and links to other resources related to their trust and identity activities.
If you have an idea, project, collaboration or quick tip to share with the community, step on stage at TNC17 and let us learn from you during a 5-minute lightning talk. Or tell your story with a high-quality poster presentation, showcasing your work to an audience of over 650 internet researchers. Call closes on 17 April.
In the past year the World Bank has produced a comprehensive report on the status of national research and education networks (NRENs) in Africa, which covers the story of their development to date and highlights the key role they play in enabling innovation and advancing science and education. At GÉANT we have supported this work together with our African regional partners: ASREN, WACREN and the UbuntuNet Alliance.
Our community is one of the biggest strengths of GÉANT and we are proud that this community continues to grow. CONNECT issue 24 reflects this growth, packed full of articles that we hope you find as interesting to read as we did to create! We have interviews with Andreas Dudler, Managing Director of SWITCH and GÉANT Board Member; Klaas Wierenga, GÉANT Chief Community Support Officer; and Deirdre Carabine, Professor at the Virtual University of Uganda. We also preview Europe’s largest research networking conference TNC17 and GÉANT’s involvement in the upcoming Internet2 Global Summit. Plus we shine the spotlight on the GÉANT Operations Centre, look at the next steps in the GÉANT IaaS cloud initiative, highlight GÉANT Testbeds – bringing researchers and technology together, and look at Up2U – a new EU-funded project by GÉANT.
A lifelong academic identity finally promises to become a reality. The "Scientific information" programme was instrumental in the development of the Swiss edu-ID, and swiss universities also approved the project application for the first step in deploying the new identity infrastructure in December 2016. The plan is for the Swiss universities to be migrated from SWITCHaai to the lifelong academic identity SWITCH edu-ID in stages by 2020.
The service portfolio management special interest group, SIG-MSP, takes service sharing to the next level at its March meeting in Poznan. In this blog find out how they gave feedback on future GÉANT services and the eInfraCentral project and explored other juicy topics.
At their Poznan meeting on 7-8 March, the marketing communications special interest group SIG-Marcomms resolved to prepare for the May 2018 onset of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Gearing up will mean quite some work for many NRENs: SIG-Marcomms explored what could be done to prepare and possibilities for community collaboration. Plus more in this blog report...
GÉANT welcomes Rachele Gianfranchi, who joins the GÉANT Executive team as Chief External Relations Officer (CERO) responsible for setting the strategic direction for the organisation’s engagement with the European Commission (EC) and GÉANT’s non-NREN customers. In addition, Rachele will be key to providing visible and influential leadership for the Learning & Development and Events teams.
More and more institutions are placing digital assessment high on their agendas. However, the introduction of digital assessment is a complex process of change that affects the very heart of education and requires major investments. With these guidelines SURFnet intends to help institutions to prepare and implement a digital assessment policy.
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