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SWITCH has created a website with a focus on prevention to help safeguard domains in Switzerland. Under the title Safer Internet, SWITCH informs domain name holders about the dangers lurking on the Internet and explains how they can protect their website against attacks. SWITCH is tasked by the Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM) with registering domain names ending in .ch and also works to ensure a secure and stable Internet in Switzerland.
Following the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills’ (BIS) Dowling Review into the complexity of current business-university collaborations – which recommended as ‘simple as possible’ interfaces between user and scheme that ‘hide the wiring’ – Jisc is pleased to announce power systems provider Rolls-Royce as the first company to join its high performance computing (HPC) agreement.
Through the brokerage scheme, Rolls-Royce will be awarded easy access to supercomputing equipment worth up to £60m, at the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) HPC Midlands. There are enormous capital costs in setting up HPC centers and this agreement will allow Rolls-Royce to benefit from additional world-class HPC facilities and expertise, thereby supporting the company to be more innovative.
In addition, Rolls-Royce will also be taking advantage of a connection to the Janet network, the high-speed network for UK education and research. Through Jisc’s Janet Reach scheme for industrial connectivity – which leverages £30m of public investment in ultra-fast internet and is supported by BIS – a network circuit operating at 10 Gigabits per second will be installed by Jisc, so that it is able to fully-exploit the HPC centre.
There are three new best practices about the SURFnet network and about SURFconext. Students of NHL University of Applied Sciences wanted easier access to information such as their own schedules and marks. The institution responded by developing a mobile app which also uses SURFconext.
HAS University of Applied Sciences has been strengthening its collaboration with SURF for the last three years. In the past, HAS University of Applied Sciences only ordered software through SURFmarket. Now it also uses SURFinternet and SURFconext.
The Hague University of Applied Sciences uses two 10 Gbit/s MSPs to guarantee a secure and continuous connection with the external data centre. These MSPs (Multi Service Ports) enable multiple light paths to run via one network port simultaneously.
Read the best practices and watch the video of The Hague University of Applied Sciences.
At the closing of its annual independent review Thursday, the GÉANT (GN3plus) Project received an unprecedented 4th ‘Excellent’ rating in a row. This achievement is even more impressive given the size and complexity of the project, spanning as it does 40 partners (plus 30 Open Call partners – see below) across Europe, over 850 participants, and an area of work that includes the world’s most advanced and best connected research and education network; leading edge user services; and an innovation programme that is laying the foundations for the internet of the future.
The review covered the second year of GN3plus, a 2 year phase of the long-running GÉANT project, which now continues in a new phase called GN4-1.
In SURFnet’s testbed project, SURFnet supports education institutions as they conduct practical experiments using the latest technologies, tools and software. The first technology to be addressed is Google Glass, and the focus here is on the educational added value of the device.
Four educational experiments
At the innovation seminar on mobile technology held on 20 November 2014, SURFnet demonstrated what Google Glass could mean for higher education institutions. Institutions were invited to add their own ideas and to submit a project proposal on the spot describing how they would like to use Google Glass. The four best ideas are each being provided with one Google Glass for 3 months in 2015. At the end of 2015 we will select the best project out of these four and the winning idea will be awarded a Google Glass.
SURFnet recently received an overall service score of 8.2 in its recent customer satisfaction survey among research universities, universities of applied science, senior secondary vocational schools and research and care institutions.
In terms individual services, respondents were most satisfied with SURFinternet (9.5), eduroam (8.8) and SURF Light Paths (8.8). The application process for new services was also highly rated with a score of 8.5, thanks to high levels of satisfaction regarding customer friendliness, response time and delivery time. Contact with Account Advisers and the SURFconext support team also scored well (8.3 and 8.1 respectively), as did the SURFnet News e-mail newsletter.
As in the 2013 survey, respondents feel that SURFnet is a secure choice and that the organisation inspires confidence. The NPS score (an indication of customer loyalty) rose from 38 per cent (in 2013) to 50 per cent.
On its second day as a production service with a new provider, GÉANT's Trusted Certificate Service (TCS – formerly ‘TERENA Certificate Service’) provided web portal training to around 20 organisations. The webinar on 2 July demonstrated details of the new ‘CertCentral’ interface that had been developed by the new provider, DigiCert. There will be another opportunity to take part in this training towards the end of August.
Thousands of medical, nursing and other allied health profession students in the West Yorkshire region of the UK are now able to seamlessly access free Wi-Fi connectivity when on NHS Trust clinical placements, making it easier for them to complete their work away from their university.
The project by the University of Leeds has seen nine NHS Trusts in the region deploy eduroam, provided in the UK by Jisc, which allows users authenticated internet access through a single Wi-Fi profile and set of credentials, wherever this service has been made available.
Hospitals in the scheme include those at Huddersfield and Calderdale, Harrogate, Bradford, Wakefield, Dewsbury, Pontefract, Airedale and Leeds. Additionally community care Trusts in both Leeds and Bradford have adopted the scheme making eduroam available in many healthcare locations across those cities.
From 1 July the new iteration of the Trusted Certificate Service (TCS – formerly known as the TERENA Certificate Service) goes into production. The new service provider, DigiCert, is one of the largest worldwide Certification Authorities.
The new TCS web portal developed by DigiCert does not require the ‘Djangora’ or ‘Confusa’ softwares, which helped previous iterations of TCS to work for several years. Djangora can still be used solely for revocation of certificates issued via the previous provider, Comodo, but Confusa will no longer be operable. The only way to issue certificates from 1 July is through the DigiCert portal.
Testing conditions for real-time long-distance cooperation among educational institutions in the area of music and cultural production as well as founding a technical infrastructure for this cooperation was the objective of a unique international project titled eMusic, successfully completed in recent days.