Trust & Identity InfrastructureFrom 2015 to 2018, SURF is working on the next generation of infrastructure for trust and identity. The aim of the infrastructure is to offer users easy and secure access to resources and services for education and research.
The Trust & Identity Infrastructure projects are subdivided into the following categories:
Innovation project ambition
It is SURF's ambition to (further) develop and offer a flexible infrastructure for trust and identity from 2015 to 2018. Users can securely access services and content with their own account, any time, anywhere and on any device. We want to enable them to collaborate as needed in any type of group whatsoever.
Innovation for further development of SURFconext
In 2015 we collaborated with institutions to implement a number of studies and pilots in areas such as student mobility, rich authorisation, guest use and federated access to non-web-based services. The results of these studies and pilots will partly be used for further developing the SURFconext service. In addition, SURF is researching the added value that the eID system can offer our institutions.
Collaboration across institutions and national borders
SURF supports cross-institutional, international and cross-sector use cases to enable easy, secure and flexible collaboration between users. We work to provide assistance to groups and virtual organisations, simple validation options for cloud providers in a European context (eduGAIN) and support for the use of OpenConext. Finally, SURF also conducts pilots with the experimental eduTEAMs service to make international group-based collaboration easier.
Developments in Europe
This project is closely involved in developments at European level. Some of the activities – GN3plus and GN4 – even receive EU funding. SURF also participates in several Horizon 2020 projects, such as MAGIC and the Authentication and Authorisation for Research and Collaboration (AARC) project.
- Start date
- 01 Jan 2015
Trust & Identity Infrastructure: GroupsResearchers and students from different research universities often work together. Institutions need to be able to manage different groups and their members well. We work on projects that make group management easier and more efficient.Read more
Trust & Identity Infrastructure: Guest UseUsers use SURFconext to log into services with their own institution details. Sometimes institutions also want to give third parties access to a service. This topic researches how this can be done.Read more
Trust & Identity Infrastructure: AuthorisationWhat can a person do within a service; what rights does a user have? Can I invite people from other institutions to my group and what if I want to make my service more secure? This topic explores secure and smart authorisation solutions.Read more
Trust & Identity Infrastructure: Student MobilityMore and more students are taking courses at another institution or studying abroad for a while. To ensure that they have access to the services and systems they need there, we are researching identities that are not institution-related, such as an eID or an account issued by the education sector.Read more
Trust & Identity Infrastructure: Non-webSURFconext works well for browser-based services. We want the services that do not involve a web browser to also benefit from federated authentication. We develop standards, we adapt software and we help developers with their programming code to that effect.Read more
Trust & Identity Infrastructure: ResearchResearchers are increasingly collaborating online and sharing services with each other, yet this does not often take place in a standard way. Within the Research category, we look at how we can help researchers in this respect, for example by devising a generic infrastructure and promoting the use of uniform IAA methods.Read more