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19 December 2011
EuroCAMP trains 10 new countries in federated identity
The EuroCAMP training event in Amsterdam brought together professionals from ten countries

NREN and Campus representatives from ten countries learned how to implement federated identity infrastructure on their own campuses during the EuroCAMP (European Campus Architecture and Middleware Planning) training event, from 28 November to 1 December 2011. The training, themed “Building Federated Identity Infrastructure”, offered a newly revised and unified method. This was the second time that a EuroCAMP training has been organised by TERENA in collaboration with the GN3 (GÉANT) project – specifically the Development Support and the eduGAIN activities. The previous EuroCAMP was held in the summer of 2011 in Istanbul.

The countries represented at the event, which took place in the TERENA Secretariat offices in Amsterdam, were Bulgaria, Cyprus, Estonia, Georgia, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, the Russian Federation and Slovakia.

“I’m looking forward to new identity federations and services growing in these new frontiers of federated activity,” said Brook Schofield (TERENA Secretariat), who participates in the eduGAIN service activity.

Building on feedback from the previous EuroCAMP, Bart Ophelders of K.U. Leuven (Belgium), Benjamin Andersen of WAYF (Denmark) and Brook Schofield improved the training format by focusing the training on key infrastructure components required to build a federated identity infrastructure, which can scale from the campus to national level. Specific attention was given to the management of identity provider and service provider information for both mesh and hub & spoke federation models using the JANUS Metadata Registry.

To be able to participate in the global authentication infrastructure provided by eduGAIN, the building of campus and national infrastructure is first required. “Having our researchers and students access resources and infrastructure in Europe is important to us,” explained Chezy Gal of Tel Aviv University.

The training included a brief presentation on the promotional support being provided to federations by the GN3 project’s Partner Services Promotion (PSP) task. The event concluded with a train-the-trainer session, which focused on non-technical aspects such as presentation skills, learning styles and how to create the right atmosphere so that the EuroCAMP participants will be able to deliver successful onward training in their own countries.

Further information:

The TERENA EuroCAMP workshops began in 2005 with the aim of reaching out to European campuses and promoting state-of-the-art middleware technologies.

From 2010, three types of EuroCAMP events are now offered:

  • ‘executive EuroCAMPs’ raise awareness among campus IT managers and policy makers of campus middleware solutions;
  • ‘developer EuroCAMPs’ bring together developers of campus middleware and applications to work on the latest developments;
  • ‘training EuroCAMPs’ train campus networkers in the rollout and operation of readily available middleware technologies and services.

The success and demand of the training EuroCAMP has been so high that several more workshops will be arranged in 2012. More news on the schedule of those events will appear here shortly.

Anyone interested in participating in future EuroCAMP events should contact Brook Schofield.

You can read more about the training on the Building Federated Identity Infrastructure training web page.