Mr Bradley Beddoes1, Mr John Scullen1, Mr Melroy Almeida1, Elleina Filippi1
Australian researchers have been accessing online services and research capabilities for the past eight years using a single login solution provided by the Australian Access Federation (AAF). This login process often goes unnoticed by the end user (researchers) as they seamlessly access hundreds of national research services.
As the national provider of access and authentication for the Research and Higher Education sector the AAF provides national and international access to essential research capabilities. As a core underpinning research capability, the AAF is continually evolving identity management solutions for the Australian research community.
As we look towards the future and the possibilities for access and authentication the AAF is leading the way to ensure greater uptake and accessibility to research services, data, and facilities.
As Thought Leaders in Identity Management, the AAF team will be discussing the developments and evolving needs of the Australian and international research community. The AAF is proposing a session consisting of three lightning talks, each covering topics that Australian researchers have discussed with the AAF over the past 12 months. The presentations will explore:
INTERNATIONAL CONNECTIVITY – EDUGAIN
eduGAIN is a global initiative to connect federations around the world. It enables researchers, educators and students in one country to collaborate with colleagues and access online applications, in other countries. Connecting Australian research capabilities to the rest of the world has been a significant initiative undertaken by the AAF in 2017. By participating in eduGAIN, the AAF is able to provide Australian researchers with global collaboration opportunities to advance their research. eduGAIN is the mechanism which enables international collaboration partners to access Australia’s NCRIS capabilities (via participating international federations).
Linking the AAF to international federations through the global inter-federation initiative (eduGAIN) is a major step to realising the Australian government’s objectives around international research collaboration.
EXPLORING OPENID CONNECT
OpenID Connect (OIDC) is an emergent specification in the identity space which provides a simple identity layer on top of the OAuth 2.0 authorization framework.
OIDC is an attractive option for developers (in particular the NCRIS capabilities) as it is applicable for multiple types of applications, including mobile, and can be integrated directly into application code. Interest in OIDC is increasing, driven by the adoption of OIDC by large commercial players such as Google and Microsoft.
The AAF is exploring OIDC and how it can enhance access and authentication for the Australian Research Community.
CONNECTING RESEARCHERS AND RESEARCH OUTPUTS – ORCID
As a key service provider for the national research infrastructure, the AAF also operates the Australian ORCID Consortium, which supports and connects our national research outputs. ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID), a 16 digit unique identifier is free for researchers and can be integrated with organisational systems to streamline reporting for both researchers and organisations. Over time ORCID will help to drive research recognition, impact and align with national reporting responsibilities.
Mr Bradley Beddoes| Technical Lead — Innovation, Software
Development and Infrastructure Bradley has worked on delivering secure, standards focused web applications and redundant, scalable IT architectures for 11 plus years within Australia and abroad.
Bradley is responsible for the design and implementation of AAF software and system architectures. He leads the software development and operational infrastructure within the AAF.
Mr John Scullen Manager | Strategic Initiatives
John joined AAF in February 2016 to lead the development of new processes and tools in the Next Generation AAF project. His role has since expanded to oversee the AAF’s project portfolio.
With more than 20 years’ experience in the higher education sector, John has a strong track record of successfully delivering large, complex projects and in developing innovative approaches to delivering technology solutions. John holds qualifications in information technology (BIT), business (MBA) and project management.
Mr Melroy Almeida | Technical Support Analyst
Melroy joined the AAF at the start of 2016 as an ORCID Technical Support Analyst. Melroy works with the support team who provide a high level of technical support to AAF subscribers and members of the Australian ORCID Consortium.
Melroy is an IT professional with formal qualifications in information technology (M.InfoTech) and engineering (B.Tech). With over 10 years’ experience delivering information technology solutions within the higher education sector.