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Roadmapping trust and identities activities in GÉANT


As you may know, GÉANT is looking to identify trends and requirements to shape the work to be carried out as part of the next GN4 project, which will start in mid 2019.

Different things are in motion in the R&E and identity space that will have an impact on how the trust and identity ecosystem will look in a few years. Some of these changes are linked to EC funding models and the partnerships created to put the funding into action. A clear example of this is the EOSCpilot (ongoing) and its follow up project EOSC Hub (starting in Jan 2018). The EOSC (European Open Science Cloud) vision is to create an integrated infrastructure to allow researchers to share and analyse data and access resources via EOSC. Clearly the trust and identity aspects, and specifically authentication and authorisation, will play a vital role in the implementation of the EOSC vision. GÉANT is engaging in both EOSC projects, together with different NRENs, liaising via the AARC (Authentication and Authorisation for Research and Collaboration) project for trust and identity. At the same time, developments such as GDPR and eIDAS will also have an impact on the wider trust and identity environment.

Against this background, GÉANT is taking a two-fold approach: evaluating the current workplan for beyond 2019; and collecting new ideas.

GÉANT members and organisations already participating in the current GN4 project have been asked to submit new ideas and give feedback. In addition, we look beyond the project boundaries, and different public consultations have been organised, including:

  • 2 sessions during the last I2 Technology Exchange Meeting (Oct 2018) to include global partners.
  • Engagement with the FIM4R community that is currently working on an updated version of FIM4R paper to identify research requirements. In particular this includes requirements identified at a special Research Data Alliance meeting in September.
  • Engagement with the eduGAIN SG to collect request for enhancements.
  • Engagement with eduroam team to collect request for enhancements.
  • Engagement with the AARC project (finishing in 2019) to identify results that could be transitioned to the GN4 project.

There’s still some time to give your input if you would like to get involved, up to the end of November.

Evaluating the current workplan

Current GN4 project participants, members of the eduGAIN steering committee and the GN4 eduroam tasks plus other interested parties such as research communities and global partners are being asked for feedback on the future direction of services and developments in the current project and assess how they should be positioned in the next GN4 project (from 2019 on).

Collecting new ideas  

New ideas or suggestions for major changes are also being collected. The scope is as broad as submitters like, ranging from developments on top of existing services, to enhancements to disruptive new ideas. The only constraint is that it should be relevant to R&E trust and identity. You can submit new ideas directly.

What next ?

The inputs received will be used to create high level white papers to scope the areas of work for the period 2019-2022. The last final public consultation on the Trust and Identity White Paper will take place on 7 December 2017 in Amsterdam (join us!), and will give an opportunity to those interested to shape the GÉANT workplan for trust and identity beyond 2019. In the new year, NRENs will then evaluate and give feedback on the white paper contents, and concrete project proposals for the following four years will be created based on that feedback.

For futher information do not hesitate to get in touch with Ann Harding, Licia Florio or Nicole Harris.


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