The value of face-to-face workshops was proven again when representatives from research communities worked with AARC project experts on authentication and authorisation infrastructures (AAI) in a project ‘plugfest’. Insights were gained into their use cases and requirements, and an assessment was made of which components need to be deployed.

Following the success of the first AARC plugfest in 2017, SURFnet hosted a second edition of the event in the Netherlands in March. For two full days, the AARC (Authentication and Authorisation for Research and Collaboration) project team worked to solve the AAI challenges being faced by research communities and to get ahead with joint pilot work. With eight communities formally participating in the project and wanting to implement federated AAI for their collaborative research work, this is in itself an immense effort.

Submitted by Laura Durnford

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