The first Authentication and Authorisation for Research and Collaboration (AARC) project concluded on 30 April 2017 after two years, with many useful outputs for e-infrastructures, research infrastructures and libraries. These outputs will continue to be used and developed in the second AARC project, which, from 1 May, will build on these achievements and bring a new focus.
AARC has been creating a common framework for research and collaboration communities, meaning one blueprint architecture, one set of policies, and one collection of training materials that should work for everyone and allow their authentication and authorisation solutions to work together. AARC has also been working with research collaborations to pilot and improve specific technical and policy aspects.
AARC’s approach means that research collaborations can spend less time and less money reinventing the authentication and authorisation wheel, and their researchers can focus on research. Safe and more reliable access for more researchers to more services, data and software, will allow greater cooperation between research collaborations and open up the possibilities for exciting new research.
While the goals and objectives of the second AARC project will largely remain the same, the project will take two main routes:
To maximise the uptake of existing materials and any that are developed in the next phase, a fresh impetus will be given to developing and delivering training, and to producing and disseminating information in more easily swallowed chunks such as ‘how to…’ documents, webinars and so on. This will all be supported by a change to the project website so that it becomes a shop window for the outputs of the AARC project.