We are seeking LIBER members willing to contribute to the EC funded project AARC (Authentication and Authorization for Research and Collaboration), in which LIBER is an active partner, representing the research libraries community.
AARC aims to develop an integrated cross-discipline authentication and authorization framework, built on existing and on production federated infrastructures. With that aim, AARC addresses the functional and technical interoperability barriers that are preventing this approach at the moment. For libraries, that would mean the opportunity to move from IP authentication infrastructures and facilitate remote access to any resource, as well as provide the users single institutional credential to access their password protected resources regardless, the application and domain. You would find a crash course on federation on the AARC project website: Federation 101.
Whilst we are convinced of the potential benefits of this framework, we would like to hear from you and address your actual concerns whether you have already implemented or not a federated identification system at your Library.
Therefore, after asking LIBER members to contribute to the survey on training needs, we would like to invite you to participate and provide your input to this project. You can do it through any of these ways:
- Participate in a series of interviews that we will carry out with library managers and library IT people, regarding the benefits and concerns of AAI implementation.
- Contribute with your views regarding training needs and other requirements for library staff about federated access.
- Get involved in a pilot study on the inter-community sharing of resources at a hybrid setting of federated and non-federated services.
If you are willing to collaborate through any of these options and give your input on figuring out how AARC can help your organization, please, contact Gema Bueno at gema.bueno@KB.nl