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18 July 2011
Virtual meetings keep task force discussions flowing

To facilitate the continuing engagement of participants between meetings, TF-EMC2 and TF-MNM, TERENA’s two middleware-related task forces, recently held their first virtual meetings via WebEx on 29 June and 30 June respectively. Led by the task force work item leaders, these half-day meetings focused on progress within work items, future activities and areas for further collaboration.

According to attendees, both events gave useful background information to mailing list discussions and highlighted emerging topics.

TF-MNM virtual meeting

Mike Norris of HEAnet highlighted his organisation’s mobile strategy report and explained its relationship to the task force’s "enabling ubiquitous mobility" work item. Stefan Winter (RESTENA) reported on the work of the GN3 "Multi-domain user application research: roaming" task, with a focus on an eduroam configuration tool which will be made available to the wider community in the coming weeks. Mark O'Leary (JANET(UK)) updated participants on the "eduroam Companion" iPhone app, created in a collaborative effort between JANET(UK) and the University of Southampton. An equivalent version for the Android phone will also be made available.

TF-EMC2 virtual meeting

As part of the “service-oriented collaboration infrastructures” work item, John Pybus (University of Oxford) presented the work of Project Bamboo, which is building applications for humanities research. He explained how this project will take advantage of eduGAIN and Openconext. eduGAIN will support the integration of identity providers from an array of identity federations, without the need for a Project Bamboo administrator to liaise with individual federations or identity providers. Openconext will provide a user and group management service for the project.

Further information

The participants of the European Committee for Academic Middleware (ECAM) already meet virtually, every month, to discuss the future direction of the middleware-related task forces. The recent middleware task forces’ virtual meetings were a logical extension of this model - participants would otherwise only meet every six months. Attended by approximately 30 participants in each meeting, these discussions will help shape the upcoming face-to-face meetings, scheduled for 7 & 8 November - TF-EMC2 meeting and 9 November - TF-MNM meeting.

View the TF-EMC2 agenda and presentations from 29 June

View the TF-MNM agenda and presentations from 30 June