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Nigeria adopts Identity Providers and Science Gateways in Grid dissemination and training

According to an article published on eI4Africa, on the 10th and 11th of July 2013, the LionGrid initiative ran a Grid Computing Workshop at the Federal University Ndufu Alike Ikwo (FUNAI) located in South East Nigeria.

The workshop was opened by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Oye-Ibidapo Obe, and attended by about 150 staff members of FUNAI. During the workshop, people who participated to a hands-on training were enrolled in the just released Identity Provider of the Nigeria Research & Education Network and were introduced to the lighthouse applications of the eI4Africa project currently included in the Africa Grid Science Gateway.

“During the 2-day hands-on workshop at FUNAI first time users of the Grid were able to enroll on the NgREN IdP as well as to register on the Africa Grid Science Gateway with little or no assistance. I wonder how we would have been able generate all the digital certificates for over hundred users within two days. Thanks to the IdP and the Gateway. Conducting the workshop was easier because all the users had to do was to point and click. This makes life much easier than having to memorize some JDL commands. Certainly there was no way we would have achieved that if we were to do the old command-line-based operations”, says Collins Udanor of University of Nigeria, coordinator of LionGrid.

“Now that the Identity Provider is successfully in operation, our next steps are to contribute to efforts in the community to develop policy for the NgREN Identity Federation and provide technical support to the promotion of federated services”, says Cletus Okolie, Network Manager of Eko-Konnect, a cluster of NgREN.

The NgREN Identity Provider is one of the federated services that have recently been deployed in the region thanks to an eI4Africa specific programme led by Consorzio COMETA and it constitutes one of the cornerstones of the Nigerian Identity Federation that is being built in the country.

Source: eI4Africa

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