AAF turns 10

Past, present and future of the Australian Access Federation

With nearly 18 years’ experience in the research and education sector, Paul Sherlock offers a unique perspective on the development of the eResearch landscape in Australia. Current CIO at the University of South Australia, former CAUDIT president and National Research Network project director, and long-standing member of the Australian Access Federation (AAF) Board, Sherlock has witnessed first-hand the emergence and evolution of identity federations both nationally and globally.

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International researchers can now map the universe with Murchison

Located 360 km northeast of Geraldton, Western Australia, lies the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA), one of Australia’s leading radio telescopes. While situated in Australia, a team of partners from Canada, India, Japan, China, New Zealand and the United States are behind the design and ongoing maintenance of the MWA. The vast, radio-silent landscape of Australia’s outback offers ideal conditions to house this internationally significant equipment. Enabling astronomers from around the world to explore the universe, the MWA is a critical part of Australia’s astrophysical research infrastructure.

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Identity Federations in Australia and the Asia Pacific Region

The Australian Access Federation has been working with APAN (Asia Pacific Advanced Network) to grow Identity Management federations in the Asia Pacific (APAC) Region. With 43 organisations currently participating in APAN, The AAF is providing thought leadership and support for identity federations in the APAC region. Terry Smith the AAF’s Technical Support and Engagement Manager currently chairs the APAN Identity Access Management working group, and is supported by his Co-Chairs, Toby Chan represents the Hong Kong Access Federation and William Wan is representing CARSI (CERNET (China Education and Research Network) Authentication and Resource Sharing Infrastructure). Since 2016 the AAF has been instrumental in assisting Hong Kong and Singapore to set up their national access federations and have been sharing knowledge and skills with the other APAN participants.

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New AAF cloud hosted service makes connectivity effortless

Rapid Identity Provider (IdP) is the Australian Access Federation’s (AAF) new cloud hosted service. It provides a fast, easy option to connect your organisation to hundreds of research and education services already connected to the AAF. You configure your organisations AAF connection through the web interface and we take care of the rest.

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Australian ORCID Consortium is internationally recognised for inspired community engagement

In January, the ORCID Consortium run by the Australian Access Federation (AAF) was awarded the ORCID Consortia award for inspired engagement and outstanding community building. Since 2016, the AAF and governance groups have been working tirelessly to engage stakeholders across all research sectors and build awareness of ORCID nationally. With only two staff members, the AAF successfully manages a consortium of 40 organisations.

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ORCID Collect and Connect Program

Has your organisation completed an ORCID integration with one of your systems? If your answer is yes, then your organisation could be eligible for Collect and Connect badges. Learn more about the Collect and Connect program and start collecting badges today.

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One step closer to connecting Australia’s researchers globally

eduGAIN

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.

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Please take a few moments to complete the ORCID Consortium member survey

The ORCID Consortium is seeking your feedback by completing our member survey. Your feedback is important, as it will provide information that will assist with planning and meeting the needs of the Consortium in the future.

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