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Nominations are invited for the 2015 research and education networking Community Awards. These awards are intended to show gratitude and respect to teams or individuals who have shared their ideas, expertise and time with the community, often voluntarily and through good will. Up to three nominees may be selected by a panel of judges from the GÉANT Association community. The winner(s) will be presented with a small personal gift on Thursday 18 June during the closing plenary session of the 2015 Networking Conference (TNC15) in Porto, Portugal. Nominations can be submitted online until midnight on 29 March 2015.
The nomination procedure that was introduced and proved successful in 2014 has been slightly improved for this year, with fewer questions on the submissions form and a longer period in which to nominate candidates.
RechtenOnline is an organisation dedicated to promoting the use of ICT tools in law education and offers a wide range of applications for use by law faculties and universities of applied science specialising in law. Each application had a separate login procedure, but this was impractical for users. SURFconext offered a solution.
eduGAIN offers users easier access to content and services from the worldwide education and research community. eduGAIN connects federations across the globe ensuring that authentication and authorisation data are shared safely. Institutions in the Netherlands can join eduGAIN through SURFconext.
CESNET received a US patent for a new connection it has invented. The patented connection enhances the speed of analysis of packet headers transferred via data buses. The patented solution improves the performance of packet processing devices. The patented invention will be used in further research and development but it has also found direct commercial application in practice already.
As announced in November, the GÉANT Association's Amsterdam office (formerly TERENA) and Comodo have made it possible to order new, more secure SHA-2 (Secure Hash Algorithm-2) supported certificates via the current TCS certificate service. These replace the old and SHA-1 certificates now that deprecation of this key cryptographic tool has become a reality, with the first errors and warnings visible on the Internet.
The SWITCH Foundation stopped selling .ch domain names on 1st January 2015 and is successively handing over client support to its business partners, the registrars. SWITCH will be asking its clients to gradually transfer their .ch domain names. The basis for this change is the new Ordinance on Internet Domains (OID). SWITCH will in future focus on operating the .ch domain name directory and on ensuring that the Swiss Internet remains secure and stable.
CESNET together with Czech Television and Universal Production Partners (UPP) have presented a new concept for a system for controlling and broadcasting live programming from sporting and cultural events using high-speed Internet networks. CESNET demonstrated the concept at the expert CineGrid International Workshop held in San Diego, California.
The 4th “International Platform on Integrating Arab e-Infrastructure in a Global Environment” – e-AGE 2014 – took place on 10-11 December 2014 in Muscat under the patronage of HH Sayyid Taimur Bin As’ad Al Said, Assistant Secretary General for Communication, The Research Council, Oman. Running alongside the 6th annual meeting of the Arab Organization for Quality Assurance in Education (AROQA) the conference attracted over 250 high-profile participants from over 40 countries spanning all world regions.
It is worth mentioning that e-AGE 2014 witnessed the largest gathering of Arab NRENs from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Somalia, Sudan, Tunisia, UAE and Yemen.
Ministers and senior EC officials emphasised the importance of e-infrastructure for the development of research and education across the Arab region, as well as cooperation with Europe and the importance of supporting the work of ASREN (the Arab States Research and Education Network). Building on EUMEDCONNECT, ASREN sets out to provide Arab scientists, students and academics with a gateway to participation in world-class research and education.
At e-AGE 2013 in Tunis the previous year, ASREN had announced ambitious plans to construct a regional R&E network and secure long-term sustainability of e-Infrastructures in the region, including becoming a R&E network provider in its own right. A year on, ASREN used e-AGE 2014 to take stock of progress to develop regional high-speed connectivity and open exchange points, such as the Arabian Global Education Open Exchange (AGE-OX) in Fujairah and the ASREN PoP in London which has recently seen ASREN’s first 155Mbps link from Jordan becoming operational. Further peering contracts are currently being negotiated with several Arab partners.
For more information about conference declaration, presentations, newsletter and others, please visit the official website.
The first meeting of the newly established task force on WebRTC (Web-based real-time communications) was a success. Thirty-five participants and invited speakers representing 13 NRENs (national research and education netwoking organisations) and 12 other organisations, and including individuals active in IETF standardisation and WebRTC development, discussed the latest developments in WebRTC and agreed the scope for the new task force.
The TF-WebRTC meeting was hosted by RENATER in Paris, France on 15 December. It was followed by a commercial WebRTC Conference and Expo that also took place in Paris, for which task force participants received a discount on the fee.
Following a tendering process that started in early 2014, GÉANT Association has selected DigiCert to be its new Certificate Authority (CA) provider for at least the next two years. DigiCert, a US-based company, will power the popular TERENA Certificate Service (TCS).