The news service by and for the Research and Education Networking Community in Europe
The Authentication and Authorisation for Research and Collaboration project, AARC, has started, from 1 May 2015. A kick-off meeting for partners and interested members of the wider community will be held in Amsterdam on 3-4 June 2015.
For the next two years, AARC will bring together 20 partners including national research and education networking (NREN) organisations, libraries, and research and education e-infrastructures. The project will improve the adoption of federated access among different communities and help to avoid a future in which different e-infrastructures and (new) research collaborations develop and operate independent AAIs (authentication and authorisation infrastructures).
Early 2015 marked the completion of the transition to SURFnet7. All institutions are now connected to the latest generation SURFnet network. Not only is the SURFnet7 network extremely reliable, it also offers new functionalities, such as the Multi Service Port. A SURFnet video provides more information on the latest generation SURFnet network.
The new GÉANT logo went public today, 1 May 2015, to coincide with the start of the new GÉANT Project (now GN4 Phase 1). From now on, the organisation that was formed last October from the restructuring of TERENA and DANTE is no longer known as ‘GÉANT Association’, but simply as ‘GÉANT‘. And from now on, ‘GÉANT’ no longer means a single project or organisation, but stands for the entire community collaboration.
This marks the next step in re-branding and associated changes that began on 20 April with new email addresses for GÉANT staff. Changes to the organisation’s online presences, and news and social media channels are being made in a phased process that will take several months to fully complete.
From now on institutions can opt for the Redundant Multi Service Port. This provides two ports that are copies of each other: the active connections are made through port 1, while the accompanying back-up connections are set up on port 2. This increases the reliability of light paths.
The aim with the pan-European wiki platform Culture Agora is to boost visibility and communication of players within the Creative Industries; for example students, universities, professionals, libraries, organizations and festivals. Culture Agora facilitates identification of unknown initiatives and can be used to get inspiration to projects, to identify funding and to find new partnerships. The platform aims to bring together students and professionals from the many disciplines within the creative industries and to create cross over effects.
There are several elements that make this platform unique in the cultural environment:
* Its advanced filtering system allows users to discover new information according to their selected interests, and to receive any new content directly in their personal mailbox.
* Its wiki structure, allowing anyone to post information from anywhere (with a monitoring reviewing system), turning it into a platform of very diverse yet still well classified content
* It essential multilingualism: not only the menus and options are available in a growing number of languages, but also it allows the automatic translation of the posted information, via an embedded translation tool.
* Its automatic system to keep content always up-to-date, deleting any information as soon as it expires
The public procurement for the new Sunet network is done. The deal means Tele2 will build the dark fiber infrastructure for data communications to all Swedish universities, colleges and other Sunet affiliated organizations. The full Sunet network is to be upgraded, and a contract that runs until 2031 is now signed. The deal is worth around 30 million Euros.
At the recent project symposium, the GÉANT Support to Clouds Team launched their clouds catalogue service. This catalogue brings together eight suppliers and twelve cloud services and forms the framework for the next phase of clouds services for the R&E community.
The catalogue demonstrates how each of these suppliers ensures their services meet the needs of European research and education including data security and privacy and integration with eduGAIN enabled AAI services and rates them against 28 key criteria.
This important milestone in the GÉANT clouds activity demonstrates the commitment to the provision of cloud services by both the suppliers and the GÉANT project.
For more information on the clouds catalogue and the wider range of cloud activities in GÉANT visit http://catalogue.clouds.geant.net and http://clouds.geant.net
As part of the eResearch NZ 2015 conference, New Zealand’s REANNZ academic network in collaboration with the Czech national CESNET e-infrastructure introduced transmission of surgical interventions in 4K resolution.
Test Suite Enables Organizations to Self-Certify that Their OpenID Connect Deployments are in Conformance
Today the OpenID Foundation announced the OpenID Connect Certification Test Suite – a test suite that enables organizations to certify that their OpenID Connect deployments conform to the OpenID Connect standard. The test suite was developed as open source software product in cooperation between Europe’s GÉANT Project under a grant to promote international interoperability of digital identity systems, the OpenID Foundation, and Umeå University in Sweden.
The Trusted Networks Initiative (TNI) provides an alternative network in the event of a vital part of the Dutch Internet infrastructure, such as the financial sector, being attacked. This might be a large-scale DDoS attack. SURFnet is a member of this initiative.