Monday, December 7, 2009

From Oxford to Europe

Well its been a soggy day here at AHM in Oxford, but the conference is going well. My day started far too early at 8am here at the Kassam so we could set up the NGS stand but it looks good. I'm now at the BoF for Services to Support and Connect European Collaborative Projects and Users through the NGS. Nice short title guys! Neil Geddes openned the session and Andrew Richards reported the main findings from a previous workshop to engage with the UK arms or ESFRI projects. Yet again its data that is one of the key requirements of the projects. Not just the storage aspects but also how to ensure a fine grained access mechanism. And of course authentification and authorisation - that topic always rears its ugly head! Many projects don't want to go down the certificate route.

Talking of A&A the NGS is demonstrating SARoNGS on its exhibition booth at AHM. SARoNGS is a Shibboleth mechanism for accessing resources on the NGS. Users log on using their institutional/federal ID and voila they have access to the NGS. So from the user's perspective no nasty certificates to apply for and manage! So come and see us on Stand 1, have a go and give us your feedback. And there are nice thermal insulated mugs for those of you who do (first come first served!).

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