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Eduserv Annual Symposium 21st May 2009

Stephen Butcher Watch the Video | Eduserv Annual Symposium 2009
CEO Eduserv
Opening Speech

Andy Powell Watch the Video | Eduserv Annual Symposium 2009
Welcome and introductions

Cameron Neylon Watch the Video | Eduserv Annual Symposium 2009
Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC)
Oh, you’re that Cameron Neylon: why effective identity management is critical to the development of open research

James Farnhill Watch the Video | Eduserv Annual Symposium 2009
Innovation group at JISC
User-centric research

John Watt Watch the Video | Eduserv Annual Symposium 2009
National e-Science Centre at the University of Glasgow
Experiences in federated access control for UK e-Science

Nate Klingenstein Watch the Video | Eduserv Annual Symposium 2009
Opening up user-centric identity

Mike Roch, Watch the Video | Eduserv Annual Symposium 2009
University of Reading
Conducting at the Piazza Venezia – an IT Director’s view from the intersection

David Smith, Watch the Video | Eduserv Annual Symposium 2009
News from the New Coffeehouses

Chaired by Anne Bell Watch the Video | Eduserv Annual Symposium 2009
University of Warwick
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Eduserv Symposium 2009 - Evolution or revolution: The future of identity and access management for research

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James Farnhill

User-centric research

Research and scholarly communication are continually changing, with new techniques, resources and instruments becoming available at an ever increasing rate. This means all researchers can benefit from being able to carry out and communicate their research in new ways or be more efficient in using existing methods. In an increasingly connected world, being able to appropriately identify the researcher, allow them access to the resources and tools that they need and others to appropriately access their materials within the scholarly comms lifecycle has raised new opportunities and challenges. This presentation provides an overview of what the JISC Innovation Group has done within access and identity management (AIM) over the past three years to solve key access and identity problems for researchers and how the solutions that have been developed can help them do better and more efficient research that is appropriately shared in the future. It also takes a look forward at future work the JISC will be carrying out in the Access and Identity Management programme and elsewhere.

James heads up the development work for JISC on identity and access management in FE and HE. This programme of work incorporates federated access management (with a primary focus on enabling access to Grid computing and data resources), a portfolio of projects researching access and identity management (including OpenID and other identity solutions), and managing the integration of work being carried out in this area by other JISC programme managers on e-learning, repositories, business and community engagement.

Nate Klingenstein

Opening up user-centric identity

A significant number of the world’s best-known Web sites, many of which are used both formally and informally by learners and researchers, are adopting a user-centric approach to identity. However, the information they desire about the user, the usability challenges imposed by the technology, the lack of a trust fabric, and the pressures of the market are causing a select few identity providers to dominate the space to the exclusion of smaller players and independents. Can our experience in federated identity be used to keep user-centric identity open? If so, what would federated identity's role be in this world and what can we do to ensure that our scholarly identity systems serve the next generation of researchers as fully as possible?

Nate is a Senior Technical Analyst at Internet2 where he has focused on federations and Shibboleth. His areas of work include architectural design, installation assistance, troubleshooting, and education of administrators and users. He is a voting member of the OASIS-SSTC group, who work on defining SAML, and is also on the Security Committee for OpenID.

Cameron Neylon

Oh, you’re that Cameron Neylon: Why effective identity management is critical to the development of open research

There is a growing community developing around the need make the outputs of research available more efficiently and more effectively. This ranges from efforts to improve the quality of data presentation in published peer reviewed papers through to efforts where the full record of research is made available online, as it is recorded. A major fear as more material goes online in different forms is that people will not receive credit for their contribution. The recognition of researcher’s contribution has always focussed on easily measurable quantities. As the diversity of measurable contributions increases there is a growing need to aggregate the contributions of a specific researcher together in a reliable and authoritative way. The key to changing researcher behaviour lies in creating a reward structure that acknowledges their contribution and allows them to effectively cited. Effective mechanisms for uniquely identifying researchers are therefore at the heart of constructing reward systems that support an approach to research that effectively uses the communication technologies available to us today.

Cameron is a biophysicist who has always worked in interdisciplinary areas and is a leading advocate of data availability. He currently works as Senior Scientists in Biomolecular Sciences at the ISIS Neutron Scattering facility at the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC). He writes and speaks regularly on the interface of web technology with science and is well-known as one of the leading proponents of ‘open science’.

Mike Roch

Conducting at the Piazza Venezia – an IT Director’s view from the Intersection

As leader of a university's electronic infrastructure function, the Director of IT Services stands at the intersection of identity management, access management and e-research. Standing at intersections can of course be a risky business, requiring panoramic vision, considerable agility and a calm disposition. The goal of course is to keep information, the university’s raw material, work-in-progress and finished product, flowing as expeditiously and safely as possible. Mike will reflect on the role of a university IT Director, how he and his peers endeavour to balance business risks and benefits whilst managing identity and access in a secure but responsive manner to facilitate and encourage e-research.

Mike is Director of IT Services at the University of Reading where he has strategic responsibility for planning, procuring and managing the IT infrastructure and facilities for c20,000 members of the University. He was previously also vice chair and chair of the Executive Committee of the Universities and Colleges Information Systems Association (UCISA). He initiated and chaired the steering group for the JISC funded UCISA Information Security Toolkit,, which has formed the basis of many universities’ policies in this area.

David Smith

News from the New Coffeehouses

The Coffeehouses or 'penny universities' of the 17th Century were places of social interaction with one new and crucial difference to other venues for socialisation around at the time - the rules of class did not apply within their walls. This barrier removal enabled people with shared interests and ideas to converse in a manner that would have been impossible anywhere else, due to their social status. The result was the enlightenment.

The New Coffeehouses of the 21st century are complex amalgams of technology - the connective tissue of the Internet, the 'always on' nature of many mobile devices and the (sometimes) open web-based platforms that enable the easy formations of social groups, bound only by a shared interest in some thing. Identity wasn't a particular issue in the old coffeehouses (just the ability to pay a small fee to participate) but identity is everything in these new spaces. No longer does one need to attend a University to gain access to the Internet, or to gain an email address, or gain access to knowledge. Our access can be ubiquitous even as we move across the devices we use throughout the course of our daily routines. Information is just a click (or a voice query) away and it comes to us now, on demand, when we want it, so it can be queried, shared, deconstructed and recombined in ways unintended by the original creators of the material. As publishers, we need to be thinking very hard about how to remove access barriers to the material we produce (whilst at the same time maintaining a viable business model...). Librarians need to be thinking similarly, for the denizens of the new coffeehouses do not want for access to information or the tools to manipulate it.

David is Business Innovations Manager at CABI where he is responsible for assessing the implications of the explosive pace of online development on the publishing industry and for developing appropriate new products and strategies that enable CABI to deliver on its mission statement.

John Watt

Experiences in federated access control for UK e-Science

NeSC Glasgow has been investigating various technologies and techniques for providing federated access control to distributed data and Grid resources, in particular the question of how to propagate user privileges and access rights is a source of continual research. This talk will explain some of the methods used in previous UK e-Science projects such as GLASS, SEE-GEO and the OMII-UK project SPAM-GP, and describe the new approach we are adopting in the DAMES project to achieve the ideal of autonomous access control with minimal user interaction.

John is a Research Associate at the National e-Science Centre at the University of Glasgow. Since 2002 he has worked on many projects on access control, user management and security for UK e-Research, including DyVOSE, nanoCMOS, EuroDSD and GLASS, specialising in implementing Privilege Management Infrastuctures using software such as PERMIS and Shibboleth. John has also authored Web portlets to streamline the operation of these infrastructures for end-users in the OMII-UK SPAM-GP project. He also helped create one of the first Masters-level courses in Grid Computing available at a UK university in 2004, in collaboration with Glasgow's Department of Computing Science.

Prior to joining NeSC, he worked at Kymata Optoelectronics (Livingston) as an embedded software engineer for passive optical device subsystems. He holds a BSc. in Physics and a Ph.D in Experimental Particle Physics, both from the University of Glasgow.

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