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Technology Road Map

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Subscriber requirements

Activity

Description

Status

Funded

Internationalisation (eduGAIN – new core attributes, R&S Entity Catagories)

Connecting AAF to the global Federation network to enable AAF subscribers to collaborate internationally with other eduGAIN federations.

Active - multi year activity

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Service Provider - Boost Program 2017-2018

The Boost program, which includes data collection, analysis, profiling and reporting on organisations is an ongoing activity.

The Boost program identifies a target group of AAF subscribers to take part in a review and analysis activity. This activity will then report on the findings to assist subscribers with maturing their SP.

Planned

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IdP Shibboleth V3 upgrade

The AAF is working with IdP’s to upgrade to Shibboleth V3. This upgrade is because of the end-of-life of V2. The AAF are working with organisations to complete the upgrade to V3.

Active

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IdP Shibboleth V4 upgrade

With the release of Shibboleth IdP V4 expected in 2019 the AAF will be working with subscribers to upgrade to the latest version or migrate to the Rapid IdP solution.

Pending release

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Service catalogue

To enhance the current AAF service catalogue to include a comprehensive list of all Service Providers and additional information about each service listing.

Inactive

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Infrastructure

Activity

Description

Status

Funded

AWS hosted service

Active

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Cloud Services

  • Github
  • Zendesk - Migrating to Freshdesk
  • Dropbox
  • Mailchimp
  • WPEngine
  • Slack

Active

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Innovation

Activity

Description

Status

Funded

HPC

Advancing HPC (and non-web based) authentication via AAF to meet the broader needs of the Australia’s HPC facilities. AAF has already completed phase 1 of this project with Pawsey. Phase 2 will aim to identify current gaps without viable solutions, comparison to international efforts for non-web-based authentication and the benefits to Australia’s HPC facilities.

Scoping

No funding

OpenID Connect /Oauth/Social

Advancing mulit-protocol support with OpenID Connect (OIDC) for Australia’s national authentication infrastructure. Identify the success of the service to date compared to other international implementations.

Scoping

No funding

ORCID Hub

This body of work will investigate the demand for organisations to authoritatively assert their relationship with a researcher and the potential need for ORCID attributes within the federation. With ORCID, AAF aims to advance persistent identifiers (PID) for the national research environment.

Scoping

No funding

Multi-factor authentication

Exploring options for higher levels of assurance for the Australian education and research sector to enable secure access to sensitive data via the AAF.

Scoping

No funding

eduGAIN

Significant work is required for AAF to effectively roll out eduGAIN nationally as a mainstream service to Australia’s research community. This will enhance international research collaboration through eduGAIN.

Scoping

No funding

Government

Exploration into what is required to enable a full set of partners from education, government and industry to enable access to federated services.

Scoping

No funding


AAF Operational (enhancements & extensions)

Activity

Description

Status

Funded

ORCID

As the Australian ORCID Consortium Lead the AAF provide technical support for all ORCID members. This support includes:

  • administrative support
  • on-boarding members and running webinars/training
  • central technical support contact for ORCID
  • maintaining documentation for the Consortium and technical documentation
  • eduPersonOrcid
  • engagement activities and resources.

Active

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eduGAIN enabled tools/software

  • Extend the Federation Registry to enable eduGAIN metadata flows
  • Add the AAF Virtual Home to eduGAIN as an IdP
  • Add the AAF Attribute Validator to eduGAIN

Possible extensions to AAF Status to monitor the eduGAIN metadata source.

Scoping

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Business intelligence

Central reporting service to provide information on subscriber utilisation of the federation (i.e. what organisations are authenticating to AAF connected research infrastructure and vice versa).

Active

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Rapid Identity Provider

The ARDC funding will further the development and adoption of AAF’s Rapid Identity Provider. A managed connection to the federation.

  • AAF Virtual Home enhancements and updates
  • Migration and onboarding tools to increase speed and efficiency of migration
  • Feature development based on user feedback and technology innovation
  • Maintain security and penetration testing

Active

ARDC

Security & Privacy

Ensure AAF’s information resources and systems are managed and protected to ensure their security in terms of confidentiality, integrity and availability.

Active

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Verification Service

The development of the student verification service has been completed. The next phase includes:

  • Releasing VerifID as a product
  • Trialling and testing it with the market
  • Releasing it to a broader market.

Planning

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Federation Tooling

Commence the planning for the next generation of Federation Tooling.

Planning

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