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eduroam comes to one of the biggest IT educational institutions in Belarus

Thanks to the EaPConnect project, the National Research and Education network BASNET has launched eduroam, the secure world-wide education roaming access service, at the Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radioelectronics (BSUIR). Since the beginning of March 2018, eduroam has… Continue Reading →

Federations on their way into the future – a view from Switzerland

15 years ago, SWITCH toook its first steps into the uncharted territories of federated identity management for academia. In the backpack: little experience, great enthusiasm, and the multifunctional Swiss army knife known as “Shibboleth”. Today, we are still on the… Continue Reading →

SWITCH Hosts 3rd Higher Education Cloud Day

On 10 April 2018, SWITCH hosted the 3rd Higher Education Cloud Day at the University of Bern. The Higher Education Cloud Days are an open and collaborative environment to gain knowledge shared user experiences and best practices. The program highlighted… Continue Reading →

New eduGAIN website launched

To mark the 50th identity federation participating in the eduGAIN service, a new eduGAIN website has been launched and the technical site has been revamped to match the new look and feel. Visit https://edugain.org to find out more. Submitted by… Continue Reading →

A new blueprint architecture, policy toolkit and other developments for the final year of AARC

An updated version of the AARC blueprint architecture, a policy toolkit and a security incident simulation are key agreements arising from the AARC (Authentication and Authorisation for Research and Collaboration) project spring ‘all hands’ meeting, held in Athens on 10-13… Continue Reading →

26 April 2018 webinar – introducing Amazon Web Services and using the AWS spot market for research and education

A webinar will describe how the Amazon Web Services spot market can be used to generate huge cost advantages for fault-tolerant and flexible applications, such as test and development environments, stateless web servers, image rendering, video transcoding, and to run… Continue Reading →

Iceland: the world’s volcanic laboratory

Iceland, the land of ice and fire, owns its existence to a large volcanic hot spot sitting on a mid-oceanic ridge – a unique setting. The island is a true paradise for volcanologists, where they try out novel data-intensive monitoring… Continue Reading →

New direct link from South Africa enables global science

The South African NREN (National Research and Education Network), comprising SANReN and TENET, has been connected to NetherLight, SURF’s open exchange in Amsterdam, via a 20 Gbit/s connection. This new direct link will provide capacity to a number of international… Continue Reading →

Is this your digital life?

For anyone interested in privacy and security it’s been difficult in the past couple of days to avoid the congressional hearing and Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony on the Cambridge Analytica data story. In between some of the amusing back-and-forths as Zuckerberg… Continue Reading →

​GÉANT confirms Erik Huizer as CEO

GÉANT is delighted to confirm Erik Huizer in his role as new permanent Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of GÉANT, effective May 1st 2018, following his appointment in July 2017 on an interim basis. Commenting on the appointment, Huizer added, “When I started at… Continue Reading →

Spanish consortium launches UNIDisc storage solution via the GÉANT Cloud offering

   When the Consorci de Serveis Universitaris de Catalunya (CSUC) looked toward the clouds to improve effectiveness and efficiency by leveraging synergies and economies of scale to bring state of the art services to its members, they found the right… Continue Reading →

Gastric cancer specialists discuss clinical cases in a remote session – with an Ambassador among them

Cancer patients are more likely to survive with early diagnosis and appropriate treatment. However, geographic remoteness and lack of specialised resources often prevent access to this vital lifeline. Extending and improving patient care is at the very heart of telemedicine,… Continue Reading →

Recording history through daily news streams

To be able to process daily news items as soon as possible, the NewsReader project team of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam wanted to develop an architecture capable of doing this. The team aims to extract information about events automatically and link today’s news streams… Continue Reading →

CUDI´s repository adding up to collaboration and open access

CUDI, the Mexican NREN, has a main goal to give visibility to collaborative works that members have developed using the CUDI network. The CUDI digital repository is an open access knowledge service, which promotes the collaboration and participation of members… Continue Reading →

Broadening Asi@Connect knowledge on federated identity

As identity federations have become a central part of the NREN landscape during the past 10 years, with over 70 known identity federations and almost 90 eduroam deployments across the globe serving this sector, the Asia-Pacific region has been largely… Continue Reading →

Microsoft ExpressRoute now available throughout Europe thanks to automation and orchestration

In recent years, students, lecturers and researchers have been making ever-increasing use of cloud services. Part of the European education and research community uses the Microsoft Azure platform, for example, to spin up virtual machines off campus – in the… Continue Reading →

UH-Sky Microsoft Azure event

On 21 March 2018, the Norwegian higher education cloud initiative (UH-sky) organised a conference on Microsoft Azure, on how IT organisations can use cloud services in their everyday routines. Eighty participants, developers and technical managers from ICT departments gathered at… Continue Reading →

Turning scientific data into captivating images

Veteran visualisation expert Jyrki Hokkanen takes on any challenge thrown at him by scientists in need of imagery. Finnish researchers from all areas come to him, whether it is physics, climate science, biochemistry, or geology. They all need visualisations to… Continue Reading →

​WiFiMon: wireless crowdsourced performance monitoring and verification

WiFi access (and in particular eduroam access) is now accepted as an essential part of the wider campus experience. Not being able to connect to network resources can damage user experiences and can result in users having to use mobile… Continue Reading →

New legal structure for GÉANT

We are pleased to announce that on 31 March 2018 GÉANT’s legal structure changed to reflect one legal entity, GÉANT Association based in Amsterdam, with a UK branch in Cambridge that will continue with existing operations and staff. This step… Continue Reading →

TRANSITS I and CSIRT in Asia meeting at APAN45 – great potential for international collaboration

“The only way to learn is doing real stuff”, Melanie Rieback (Radically Open Security) encouraged the attendees to take action at the end of her module. She was one of the TRANSITS I trainers at APAN45 that took place on… Continue Reading →

eduGAIN GDPR advice published

As part of the comprehensive review of all GÉANT services for General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) support, eduGAIN has published advice on the impact of GDPR on its current set up. eduGAIN is not involved in managing any personal data… Continue Reading →

AARC gives federated identity training to Earth scientists at EPOS Workshop

Earth scientist communities invited the AARC (Authentication and Authorisation for Research and Collaboration) project training team to provide insights on key aspects of federated access and on what is required for them to deploy it. A half-day AARC training event… Continue Reading →

Enlighten Your Research @EaP 2018 breaks records… again

Thirty-seven project proposals were submitted in the Eastern Partnership (EaP) 2018 Enlighten Your Research call for participation, breaking the record set the previous year. Proposals from across all the six EaP countries and organisations affiliated with EaPConnect project partners covered… Continue Reading →

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