The news service by and for the Research and Education Networking Community in Europe
Plans for work in the new AARC (Authentication and Authorisation for Research and Collaboration) project were discussed and agreed in the kick-off meeting held on 3-4 June. Around 50 people participated, representing 20 different partners among national research and education networks (NRENs), e-infrastructures, service providers and libraries. The event was organised by the lead partner, GÉANT, and hosted by Nikhef in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
This year’s networking conference, TNC15, is using the Conference4me app. GÉANT invites TNC15 participants to download the app as a valuable companion, to check the daily conference schedules on-the-go. The app was developed by the Poznań Supercomputing and Networking Center, PSNC, Poland.
The Conference4me app can be downloaded from the Apple iTunes App Store or the Google Play Store or the Windows Phone Store. After downloading, search for TNC and you'll see ‘TNC15’. Click ‘download conference’ and then you can easily browse through the various days and sessions under ‘Agenda’. When you click on a session you can see the speaker and time details. Another convenient feature is that sessions you want to visit can be added to the in-app calendar and also your personal (Google) agenda with a single click.
Visit the TNC15 website here: http://tnc15.terena.org
Researchers need a way to make data easily accessible. Ideally, this could be achieved via a generic infrastructure for the controlled sharing of data at a Pan-European level. Recently, the European Genome-phenome Archive (EGA) and the Resource Entitlement Management System (REMS) were both made available via SURFconext.
Experts in various parts of the world will be able to view an online broadcast of neurologic surgeries carried out by the world’s leading specialists within the Annual Congress of the Czech Neurological Society. The congress will take place from 10 to 12 June in Olomouc. The surgeries will be performed in the Masaryk Hospital in Ústí nad Labem and CESNET will transfer them using a special optical link at a high resolution directly to the Olomouc international congress. CESNET will be broadcasting the surgeries on the Internet too.
ASREN is pleased to invite you to participate in its fifth annual conference, e-AGE 2015, which will be held in Rabat, Morocco, during 10-11 December 2015.
"Revealing and Harvesting Knowledge" is the main theme where we pay more attention to users, applications, services and inclusion of stakeholders in research and education and related services to enable and to facilitate collaboration to encourage resources and knowledge sharing. More sessions, panels, meetings and workshops to present and exchange research and education experience and innovations will take place. Access to resources, services and applications will be another area of focus during the conference.
For more information on deadlines, topics and more, please refer to the conference website.
European Commission’s FORGE project (Forging Online Education through FIRE) has launched an open call for the development of experiment-driven courses that run on Future Internet Research and Experimentation (FIRE) infrastructure. The call is addressed to researchers, academics, students, laboratories and SMEs, and the FORGE consortium solicits proposals for the development or use of innovative interactive courses, using the project’s toolbox and real world-class infrastructure on FIRE facilities.
As neighbours at the Science Park, FOM institute Nikhef, FOM institute AMOLF and the CWI national research institute for mathematics and computer science are benefiting from infrastructural cooperation. Nikhef, AMOLF and CWI are sharing a 100 Gbit/s port and have joint data storage via SURFnet7.
The energy research institute DIFFER will relocate from Nieuwegein to Eindhoven this year. In order to make this relocation as easy as possible for the researchers, SURFnet has installed a light path between DIFFER’s old and new sites. This makes it feel as if both sites are on 1 local network.
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Read the annual report of SURFnet presenting the most important developments and achievements. In 2014 we prepared ourselves for the future. SURF was restructured and a new Long-Term Plan was drawn up, we tested demand-driven service development and moved to new offices in the centre of Utrecht. From this central location, which we share with SURF and SURFmarket, we continue to ensure that students, lecturers, researchers and staff members can continue working and collaborating simply, reliably and limitlessly with the best possible ICT facilities. From 2015 that will also include teaching & ICT.
GRNET, the Greek NREN (National Research and Education Network) has connected ~okeanos to eduGAIN, granting European users more streamlined access to its VMs. SURFnet is already using ~okeanos. Product manager Rogier Spoor: 'The service has a nice interface, making it easy to get started with.' Dutch institutions can join eduGAIN via SURFconext and make ~okeanos available to their own users, enabling staff and researchers to experiment for free with the VMs based in Greece.
More than 400 experts in the field of research and education are in agreement. Teaching at all levels using e-content and e-services requires teaching methods to be customised in order to become more dependent on accessible and user-friendly technology, as well as reliable infrastructure. The importance of safety and security at all levels – from secure networks to safe on-line behaviour – is coming to the fore, and also requires schools to take a comprehensive approach.