The new AARC Engagement Group for Infrastructures – AEGIS – has endorsed AARC project guidelines for ensuring that e-infrastructures and research infrastructures can exchange information about users wishing to access protected online resources. Invited representatives from 5 e-infrastructures and 2 domain-specific research infrastructures participated in the second AEGIS meeting, on 13 November 2017, where they made this decision and reviewed other progress and activities in the AARC (Authentication and Authorisation for Research and Collaboration) project.
AEGIS was launched by AARC in June as a way for the project to engage directly with experts from research communities and e-infrastructures who are implementing authentication and authorisation services as a tool to enable research collaboration. The group had its first meeting in October.
AARC is addressing the growing need for research infrastructures and e-infrastructures to use federated access and authentication and authorisation mechanisms in ways that will allow inter-operation and collaboration. The project is creating a common framework that encompasses a single blueprint architecture, one set of policies and one collection of training materials that should work for everyone, and is working with research collaborations to pilot and improve specific technical and policy aspects.
Submitted by Laura Durnford