One step closer to connecting Australia’s researchers globally
October 4, 2017
The Australian Access Federation (AAF) has recently completed a project funded by RDS (Research Data Services) that paves the way for Australian researchers to collaborate with international partners. The AAF is now connected to eduGAIN (Education Global Authentication Infrastructure) bringing Australian researchers one step closer to effortless international collaboration.
AAF and RDS have worked closely to deliver the eduGAIN service and have successfully piloted it with a subset of AAF subscribers. This phase of the project delivered the policy framework for the service, along with support materials and resources for a future national roll out.
eduGAIN helps deliver on the government’s agenda for the internationalisation of research. It will enable researchers, educators and students to collaborate with their colleagues and securely access applications, tools and datasets in other countries.
When reserchers login via the AAF they will have access to over 160 additional international research services (e.g. CERN and LIGO), from more than 40 identity federations. eduGAIN enables Australian researchers to easily connect to global services that will simplify international collaboration through a single login.
eduGAIN connectivity will:
simplify connecting national research infrastructure with international researchers
enable Australian researchers to more easily access key research tools and services that are based overseas
simplify collaboration between Australian researchers and their international colleagues.
This international connectivity is also an important enabler for several tools which are under development as part of the joint (RDS, ANDS, NECTAR, AAF, AARNet) Data Lifecycle Framework project. This project represents a significant step forward towards international connectivity, but there is still more work to be done to roll the service out nationally.