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EC Study on Authentication and Authorisation Platforms for Scientific Resources in Europe

Supporting and promoting scientific research and innovation, as well as enabling access to scientific information, have always been key priorities for the European Commission and the Member States. It is widely acknowledged that Authentication and Authorisation Infrastructures (AAIs) play a crucial role in supporting research and in providing a distributed virtual environment where scientific resources can be stored, accessed and shared. More interactive, collaborative approaches to research in conjunction with the deluge of data are opening new frontiers to data processing, storing and preservation; this also poses new requirements and challenges for existing AAIs across Europe.

The goal of this study, prepared for the European Commission, is to evaluate the feasibility of delivering an integrated Authentication and Authorisation Infrastructure, AAI, to help the emergence of a robust platform for access to and preservation of scientific information within a Scientific Data Infrastructure (SDI).

The output of the study consists of a set of recommendations for the delivery of an integrated AAI for the European SDI. The recommendations target different stakeholders; the European Commission for the definition of a possible directive; developers to encourage them to use standard technologies to achieve interoperability; Member States for creating the conditions for such an infrastructure at a national level; and policy makers, particularly those involved in the Data Protection Directive, to create awareness of the impact of legislation on cross-boundary access management.

Read the Advancing Technologies and Federating Communities, A study prepared for the European Commission DG Communications Networks, Content & Technology

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