The AAF partners with national research infrastructures (NRIs) to provide a seamless and secure research ecosystem.

Trust and Identity for national research infrastructure

The Australian Access Federation (AAF) has received funding for a system-wide approach to Trust and Identity (T&I) for national research infrastructure from the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS). We will work with NCRIS capabilities to adopt a national Trust and Identity Framework and implement secure solutions that will support research. Learn more about Trust and Identity for NCRIS.

Australian BioCommons

The Australian BioCommons entered a partnership with AAF to pilot federated identity and access management in 2019. The two organisations have worked together on several projects to address policy and technology solutions to simplify access for life science researchers.

Throughout 2022 we focused on connecting the BioPlatforms Australia Data Portal and Galaxy Australia to an identity management platform. This platform allows research communities to manage access rights for their members. The Threatened Species Initiative (TSI) is the first pilot group, however, we expect more communities to be connected over time. This pilot will act as a model with reusable tools, policy, and services for other research communities.

Language Data Commons of Australia (LDaCA)

The LDaCA project’s purpose is to share significant language data collections using appropriate authorisation from dataset custodians. AAF has leveraged experience from other projects to implement policy and tools to manage access to a wide range of language datasets. The AAF’s role included interviewing stakeholders to understand and document dataset access rules, and deliver infrastructure to streamline and support the implementation of these rules.