NRENs (and their users) have been pioneers in the use of federated authentication to access web-based services that allow users to authenticate once, and then to have access to multiple services. This improves the experience for the user; it reduces the complexity and costs incurred in issuing and managing credentials, while providing accountability and protecting user privacy.

MAGIC's WP2 is actively working in this area, and its activities have been the following ones:

  • Analyse the regions that will encompass the project scope to design the best Federation architecture to be implemented per territory and implement that model selected for federation deployment.
  • Develop and adapt training material for Identity Federation deployment, supporting local language requirements as necessary.
  • Implement online training for Identity Federations in an e-learning platform (NREN or project partner).
  • Identity Federation training workshop for Regional RENs.
  • Develop and provide in-class training (boot camp) to establish identity management professionals in the region.


What has been done?

Face to face training experiences:

Mobility Federated Services and
Date: July 8, 2015
Venue: Viña del Mar, Chile. Enjoy Conference Center
Attendees: 11 participants from five Latin American countries: Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico and Peru.

Federated Access and eduroam workshop in the Caribbean
Date: October 7 to 9, 2015
Venue: Jamaica Tertiary Education Commission, 14 Gibraltar Camp Way, Mona Campus, University of the West Indies, Jamaica
Attendees: 16 participants from 11 institutions and three Caribbean countries (Jamaica, Grenada, Dominican Republic) and one Latin American country (Mexico).

Workshop on Joining eduroam and Identity Federation
Date: September 8 to 10, 2015
Venue: Talal Abu-Ghazaleh University (TAGI-UNI), Amman, Jordan
Attendees: 13 participants representing five Arab countries: Morocco, Algeria, Lebanon, Palestine and Jordan.

Federated Applications (FedApps) Training session
Date: April 26 to 28, 2016
Venue: Dar es Salaam - as part of UbuntuNet Alliance’s strategy for deployment of AAI (Authorization and Authentification Infrastructures) in the region.
Attendees: 22 engineers from 14 NRENs.

On line training course:

On line Training Material on AAI Development for Staff
Available to everyone HERE.

Federations creation and implementation:

When MAGIC started there were 34 Federations in production and 22 in pilot in the wrold (June2015), a year later (June 2016) the work carried out by MAGIC's WP2 has change these numbers into: 43 Federations in production and 18 in pilot (Zambia, Romania, Serbia, Macedonia, Bulgaria, etc.).

The Arab region has been very active in the AAI implementation, since MAGIC started the situation within the Arab countries is the following:

Successfully implemented: MARWAN (Morocco), ARN (Algeria)
Pilot: AUB (Lebanon), JUNet (Jordan)
Planning to implement: Palestine, Egypt