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At the request of the Research Councils UK e-Infrastructure group, Janet established a working group from 2013-2016 to support those providing and using e-infrastructure services in achieving an approach that both protects services from threats and is usable by practitioners. More detail about the group can be found in the Terms of Reference

The Working Group published the following papers:

Information about the Working Group's activities, as well as discussion documents, links and recommendations is linked under the following categories. Unless marked otherwise, all items are works-in-progress and we very much welcome your comments and contributions.

Meetings   Presentations
Case Studies Discussions Technologies

Andrew Cormack (WG Chair)

Blog Article

I sat in on an interesting session at the CASC-HPCSIG meeting in Oxford last week, looking at different models for university-industry cooperation in high-performance computing. All considered that people, support and expertise are at least as important to a successful liaison as processors, so were slightly puzzled that publicity, bids and even informal discussions tend to focus almost entirely on size of hardware.


This is a little bit of a pre-case-study as the AARC project hasn't even started at the time of writing.

Nevertheless, many projects are starting up and attempt to solve or work around the types of problems that AARC aims to address - either by building on existing work, or by reinventing the wheel and "solving" the problem again.


Recently I have been trying to review the options for mapping UK-Federation identities to X509 Proxy certificates. This has been motivated by the observation that many of our potential users have UK-Federation identities but the ability to delegate proxy certificates make them a very useful technogy for building  portals and other tools.


When working with AAI, it is sometimes useful to study how other projects have solved the same problems. Here is a list of projects that are doing work or have done relevant work and some core case studies from these.

EUDAT and Contrail

EUDAT is a FP7 project building a distributed "collaborative data infrastructure" (CDI in EUDAT-speak). EUDAT supports very diverse user communities which each have different ways of authenticating users and authorising them (and different models for authorisation).

The principal goals of access are:

Blog Article

Research, and particularly the on-line collaborative research referred to as e-science, creates a new challenge for federated access management systems. In teaching, the authoritative statement whether an individual is entitled to access an on-line resource comes from their home organisation: are they a member of that course? are they covered by that institutional licence? Thus it is natural to provide a source of authorisation attributes alongside, or even as part of, the home organisation's authentication systems.

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