SURF – the higher education and research partnership for network services and ICT in the Netherlands – is joining with Microsoft to make the Live@edu online collaboration environment available to the Dutch higher education sector.
Students and staff will log in from their own institutional account via the SURFfederatie authentication platform. This gives them quick and easy access to a variety of free online communication programmes.
Within the next few months, Tilburg University (UvT) will be the first institution to provide this new service for students. If the introduction is successful, UvT will be followed by other institutions.
For the first time, ®eduroam (education roaming) has been deployed at a meeting of the IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force). The IETF leads the development of the Internet’s key technologies, and consequently attracts many delegates from the research and education networking community. The wireless roaming service was implemented by the IETF at its 78th meeting, in Maastricht in July, with the support of the Dutch national research and education networking (NREN) organisation SURFnet, at short notice, demonstrating that it can be deployed both quickly and easily.
The eduroam service was well recieved by those participants who were eligible to use it, with a near consensus that eduroam had ‘provided a material benefit’ and that it would be useful at future IETF meetings.
“I have eduroam set up on my laptop and my iPhone because that's the only way to get unimpeded wifi connectivity all over the campus at home in Madrid”, explains Iljitsch van Beijnum, a research assistant at the IMDEA Networks institute and the University Carlos III of Madrid in Spain. “Being able to just open my laptop and be connected at the IETF in Maastricht was great, saving me time and effort getting and configuring credentials. This was especially useful since I arrived on Saturday before registration was open.”
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Geert Jan de Groot of Madison Gurkha helped to implement eduroam at the meeting as a volunteer member of the IETF NOC (Network Operations Centre) team. “We ran it as an ‘experimental’ service to our users, and as a courtesy to SURFnet who provided external connectivity for the event,” he explains. “It was not difficult: some coordination beforehand and some configuration. It was just another thing to do while deploying the event network.”
Jim Martin of the Internet Systems Consortium (ISC), who led the IETF NOC team, considers the eduroam ‘experiment’ to have been a success: “We had a platform that could easily incorporate the eduroam model, and a substantial population of eduroam users, so it seemed a natural match”, he says. So will eduroam feature again at future IETF meetings? There are no concrete plans, says Jim Martin, but “we're in the midst of the design for our next meeting, and I expect we'll be including eduroam”.
IMPROVING eduroam TECHNOLOGY AND SUPPORT:
The NRENs' eduroam community participates actively within IETF, contributing directly towards technical improvements to the IETF standards that eduroam itself uses. Most recently Stefan Winter, a research and development engineer at RESTENA, the Luxembourg research and education networking organisation, has been leading efforts within IETF to improve the security and scalability of eduroam's core technologies.
Materials advising how to set up eduroam for events and for other situations are currently in production as part of the GÉANT (GN3) project. These materials will ultimately be available through the eduroam website (see link below).
eduroam is the secure, world-wide roaming access service developed for the international research and education community. eduroam allows students, researchers and staff from participating institutions to obtain Internet connectivity across campus and when visiting other participating institutions by simply opening their laptops.
The European eduroam service is a large-scale collaboration between hundreds of institutions, the majority of which own and operate the service’s infrastructure. The national and international coordination of this infrastructure is undertaken by the National Roaming Operators and a central eduroam Operational Team that is funded by the GÉANT project.
For more information on eduroam, participating institutions and NRENs, visit: www.eduroam.org and www.geant.net.
® eduroam is a registered trademark of TERENA, the Trans-European Research and Education Networking Association.
The Internet Engineering Task Force is a large, open, international community of network designers, operators, vendors, and researchers concerned with the evolution of Internet architecture and the smooth operation of the Internet. The mission of the IETF is to make the Internet work better by producing high quality, relevant technical documents that influence the way people design, use, and manage the Internet.
Link to http://www.ietf.org/
Network Operation Centre (NOC) managers, engineers, developers, operators and project managers from across Europe met for the first time last week under the auspices of TERENA's new Task Force on Network Operation Centres (TF-NOC). The TF-NOC kick-off, which took place in Barcelona, Spain on 2-3 September, gave attendees an opportunity to finalise the task force's plans for its three-year mandate as well as to agree on the short term goals, deliverables and deadlines.
NOCs are a critical yet expensive part of the core business of NRENs (national research and education research networking organisations), regional, metropolitan and campus network providers as well as infrastructure development projects. However, there is extreme diversity in the organisation, structure and roles of different NOCs. Best practices documents about NOCs are often difficult to find in the European research and education community. As a result, NOCs usually cope with similar operational issues in very different ways. TERENA's TF-NOC aims to solve this problem by offering a forum for leading staff members of NOCs to exchange knowledge and to collaborate on areas of common interest.
In response to the needs expressed by its community, TERENA has expanded its Trusted Introducer service from a simple ‘accreditation’ process to include a more comprehensive and in-depth ‘certification’ of Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRTs). By implementing this more stringent process, it is envisioned that stronger trust will develop between CSIRTs across different organisations, leading to more collaboration between them.
Many research and education networking organisations, commercial Internet service providers, telecommunications operators and governments have established CSIRTs to deal with network security incidents. TERENA’s Trusted Introducer service started 10 years ago with the goal of building a ‘web of trust’ between CSIRTs. Collaboration between trusted teams is very important because incidents often originate from outside the network that is affected.
TERENA is pleased to release the proceedings from the TERENA Networking Conference (TNC) 2010. Fourteen papers presented in TNC 2010 parallel sessions have been selected for this publication. The theme of the conference was 'Living the network life' - how virtual organisations and new forms of collaboration have reshaped the nature of our interactions and the implications of these changes on networks in the research and education community. Delivering on today's users' requirements means constantly evolving the network infrastructure with new network technology, network management and network concepts.
Advanced research and education networks and the newest multimedia technologies offer exciting possibilities to people who produce performing arts events and are involved in artistic higher education. Those involved in this area are invited to join an upcoming workshop on using advanced research and education networks to enable interactive performing arts education, multi-site performance events and high quality netcasting.
Hosted by IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique Musique) in Paris, France on 22-24 November 2010, the core goal of the European workshop is to create a wider community that can benefit from exchanging experiences in this pioneering field, and to start building tighter collaboration in Europe.
The Irish Government is targeting delivery of 100 Mbit/s broadband to all Irish post-primary schools by the end of 2012. HEAnet is supporting the Irish Government in this endeavour by acting as network managers of the new high-speed schools network.
HEAnet is pleased to announce that the initial phase of this programme is complete with the first 78 post-primary schools (of a total of approx. 730 post-primary schools) connecting to the HEAnet backbone at 100 Mbit/s.
The United Nations declared 2010 to be the International Year of Biodiversity. Computer artists of all ages from Estonia are asked to draw pictures about biological diversity. The deadline to submit the drawings is November 15, 2010.
A computer mouse or graphics pad should be used instead of a brush. Artists are invited to draw bacteria, animal and plant species; evolution, climate change, loss and safeguard of the variety of life.
The authors of the best pictures will get prizes and thematic special awards.
Detailed information in Estonian and exhibition of all pictures: http://joonistaja.eenet.ee/
International Year of Biodiversity: http://www.cbd.int/2010/welcome/