Global Collaborations
Chair :
Jacqueline Brown
Members :
Objectives :
This workshop highlights the collaborations among research and education networks around the world as well as the services provided and the scientific and other collaborations they foster and support
Target Audience :
R&E network executives and operators; researchers and their support systems
Expected Number of Participants :
Agenda :
  1. Dr George McLaughlin

    Title :

    Developments in APAN's Regional and International Relationships to Enhance Global Collaborations - Slides


    It is well recognised that good performing networks, though essential, are not sufficient on their own to allow researchers and educators to exploit new and emerging paradigms for network-enabled research collaboration and discovery. Engaging with user communities to gain a mutual appreciation of opportunities, constraints and to develop strategies for implementation, are at least as important. In addition to APAN's ongoing commitment to outreach and close collaboration with the global REN organizations and communities, APAN has a long tradition of encouraging science, teaching, medical and culture-based collaborations. This presentation will cover the current status of APAN's collaborative relationships with the World Bank's Global Development Learning Network; UNESCO's Asia Pacific Science and Technology Office; the CONNECT-Asia program; and proposed relationships with GLORIAD and the Pacific Rim Applications and Grid Middleware Assembly (PRAGMA). The presentation will be kept brief to allow time for discussion.


    George McLaughlin first became involved with APAN during the 8th Meeting held in Canberra in September 1999 when he was executive director of AARNet, Australia's Academic and Research Network. He was elected as vice-Chair during the 14th Meeting in Busan in August 2003, and as Treasurer in 2007. Together with Professor Jianping Wu, he was a Founder Member of APAN Ltd which was incorporated in Hong Kong in August 2009, and served as one of the first Directors. In December 2010 he was appointed as interim General Manger.

    Since parting company with AARNet in 2006 he has worked with various international agencies on initiatives that have a focus on exploiting Research and Education Networks to enhance global collaborations in research and discovery and to improve societal outcomes... These included roles as senior technical consultant to the World Bank's SERENE program; coordinator of the South Asian Network Extension Feasibility Study for the European Commission's Trans-Eurasian Information Network (TEIN), coordinator for TEIN's Application and Collaboration Framework; Director of International Development at Pacific Wave; Applications Advocate for the TransPacprogram; and as convenor for the US-India Network-enabled Research Collaboration Workshops.

  2. Guido Aben, AARnet

    Title :

    The FileSender project: fast, very-large-file transferring right from your browser; open source, no-install, federated, free - Slides


    The FileSender project, started in 2009, is an effort to build software and services to bring the transfer of large files (up to and over 2Gb) available to every researcher and scientist, regardless of their computer/network proficiency. The project is made up of an international consortium of Research and Education (R&E) networks, making FileSender more widely relevant as a service implementation. The resulting software has been available as a stable binary (version 1.0) since January 2011, and the resulting service platform has gone in production in a number of countries - including AARNet's CloudStor service in Australia - since March 2011.

    FileSender is delivered as a web-based application that allows authenticated users to securely and easily send arbitrarily large files to other users, as identified by their email address. Authentication of users is provided through SAML2, LDAP and RADIUS; FileSender is made to be connected to an Access Federation, and has been deployed in this mode in Australia as well as nearly a dozen-odd other countries. Users who do not possess credentials allowing them to access the service can nevertheless still upload files, provided an authenticated user sends them an invitation in the form of a single-use upload 'Voucher'. FileSender is completely UTF-8 (international character sets) aware, and has template support for internationalisation and localisation.

    The purpose of the software is to transfer large files, not to act as a storage platform; to this end, FileSender keeps files available for download for a certain amount of time; the file is deleted after this validity time expires.

    New opportunities for the filesender project: partners wanted!

    Since its first stable release early 2011, we have been witnessing a rapid uptake of FileSender, both in terms of increasing numbers of installations in different countries, as well as growing userbases per country, This presents an interesting overlap of opportunities:

    1. a large userbase that regularly uses our tools to take care of a vital bit of their workflow: sending research data
    2. a growing proportion of those users becoming increasingly concerned about security and assertion of origin of their datasets and article drafts.
    3. the installation-less operation, firewall-friendly protocol behaviour, and provisionless, (federated) authorization of FileSender, which makes it very easy to add new capabilities to the platform.

    This "overlap of opportunities" has motivated us to start additional development on FileSender add-on modules. We are currently busy on two projects: one module that handles on-the-fly encryption, and another that handles cryptographic timestamping. There are additional wishlist items, such as multi-file upload and federated address book support. The FileSender project is continuously looking for partners. We are happy if all you do is install the software to provide a service to you NREN members; but of course we are even happier if you help us on the project itself, through programming, testing or financial contributions.


    Guido Aben is AARNet's director of eResearch. He's involved with challenges ranging from developing networking specials with particular research groups, to enticing business to deliver their products in specially packaged or licensed forms to turn them into feasible tools for research, and the occasional stint at software development. Guido has interests in international collaboration between NRENs, as well as collaboration and partnerships between NRENs and market players. He holds an MSc in Physics from Utrecht University, the Netherlands.

  3. Jerry Sobieski, Director International Research Initiatives, NORDUnet

    Title :

    NORDUnet International Strategy and Activities - Slides


    NORDUnet continues expanding its participation in international activities. These range from enhancing the commodity peering and transport footprint of NORDUnet to actively participating in the research and development of novel network technologies, services, and standards. Why? This talk will describe the NORDUnet Global Perspective and our efforts to engage, influence, and support these international efforts.

  4. Ms Jennifer An, CERNET and Tsinghua University

    Title :

    The OrientPlus Project - Slides

  5. Prof. John Silvester, University of Southern California - Slides
  6. Steve Wolff, CTO, Internet2

    Title :

    Internet2 and Global Collaboration - Slides

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