The 5th AARC face-to-face meeting took place on the 20th-22nd of March 2017 in Athens, Greece. The meeting marked the end of the AARC project and the beginning of a new era: the AARC2 project. AARC2 will build on AARC’s outcomes and achievements.
Basic pillars of the AARC Project
The AARC project had one main goal: to address technical and functional gaps that prevent the interoperability of existing Research & Education Authentication and Authorisation Infrastructures. With such interoperability, users could access valuable password-protected resources with their existing institutional credentials, rather than having to register a new username and password for each one of them. The AARC project managed to achieve the framework where research communities and federations can work together in a trustworthy and secure way. The AARC project delivered a set of architectural building blocks and policy building blocks to ensure interoperability across e-infrastructures and research infrastructures.
The role of LIBER
LIBER officers had several roles during the AARC project. First of all LIBER has been leading in collecting library information for the gap analysis through interviews. LIBER also led the liaisoning task, which included making an inventory of potential collaboration opportunities for outreach and dissemination and networking.
Throughout the whole project, LIBER has been involved in dissemination and engagement activities. LIBER kept an eye on the production of easy to understand materials and was involved in the production of part of these materials and resources. At the end of the project, this resulted in a library toolkit on federated access where all relevant resources for libraries that came out of the project are combined.
What the AARC2 Project is about
The AARC2 project will address legal, practical and organisational challenges identified by the AARC project. The goal of AARC2 project is to design an AAI framework to develop interoperable AAI, in order to enable researchers to access the whole research and infrastructure service portfolio with one login. In this framework, the AARC2 will:
- Enable federated access in research communities participating in AARC2
- Assist research communities to map their requirements to concrete service offerings
- Support research (e-)infrastructures to implement the integrated architecture and policies frameworks developed by AARC project
- Offer different trainings to adopt AARC/AARC2 results
- Enhance the integrated architecture
The AARC2 project will thus open new horizons for the research collaborations in order for these technologies and solutions to be broadly adopted.
For more information about the results of AARC and the preparations for AARC2: read the blogpost AARC gets ready to kick off a new cycle on the AARC website.
This blogpost was written by Vasso Kalaitzi and Martine Oudenhoven.