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As uptake of federated authentication systems like SURFconext grows, maintaining trust in the system is essential. Interfederation with eduGAIN further increases the amount of service providers and identity providers that can communicate. Although this is of course a good thing, the distance between operators of service providers and identity providers grows because they may be part of different federations. And the larger a federation becomes, the more impact a compromised account can have.
Twenty years is a long time – a long time in politics, a long time in business and a very long time in technology.
The call to NRENS to nominate students for the Students Lightning Talks Challenge resulted in 13 students from 7 countries being accepted. They are currently anxiously preparing for a 3-webinar course, where they will be enlightened, inspired, trained and coached by experts from our field.
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 experts in research and education networking. Hurry - Call for Proposals ends 17 April.
TraceMON is a client-side tool for visualising network topology generated by traceroutes reaching one or more targets in a network. It provides a one-click access to a set of information useful during day-to-day operations.
The 2017 Call for Participation for Eastern Partnership (EaP) research collaborations to submit Enlighten Your Research (EYR@EaP) proposals closed on Friday 7 April with a record number of entries. More than 30 proposals were submitted from across all the six EaP countries covering a wide range of research fields including quantum computing, biochemistry, linguistics, and cultural heritage. The winning projects will be revealed during this year’s Eastern Partnership E-infrastructures Conference, EaPEC 2017, which is being organised by EaPConnect in Minsk, Belarus on 27-28 September.
The Commons Conservancy was launched last October to provide a lightweight organisational structure for open projects and is already proving its worth. The first project to move through The Commons Conservancy process is FileSender, which has enjoyed valuable support. GÉANT is pleased to be supporting this effort through a joint memorandum of understanding (MoU) with The Commons Conservancy and its financial partner NLnet Foundation, and through cooperation between The Commons Conservancy and the GÉANT community working group SIG-Greenhouse.
A variety of legal issues that relate to European regulations have an impact on national research and education network (NREN) organisations. Anyone with an interest in this area is invited to attend a Birds of a Feather (BoF) side meeting at this year's networking conference, TNC17, to explore the idea of setting up a GÉANT community working group. The 'GÉANT Legal Task Force' BoF meeting will be held in the TNC17 conference venue on Tuesday 30 May at 18:00-19:00 CEST. It will start with a short proposal about the work and benefits of such a group, including some concrete examples of what could be shared or possible results. Participants will be invited to respond with the aim of defining a draft charter, a small starting group, a list of interested organisations / individuals, and the most urgent topics.
SWITCH's 'eduhub days' were held at the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) on 9 and 10 February. The theme of e-assessment proved popular, drawing in e-learning experts from more than 30 organisations.
SURFnet drafted a vision on Identification, Authentication and Authorisation (IAA). The aim is to outline the developments in IAA and to invite institutions to discuss this subject. To SURFnet, the vision provides a foundation for innovation and service delivery. The vision is written so that it can be used for several years and it describes the most important trends in the world of IAA. The document is available via the SURF website