DevOps for Federated services - 8-10 March 2016

Eko-Konnect will host a 3 day training workshop which will introduce participants to service development in a federated environment using the DevOps approach, continuous integration and testing, and focussing on Ansible, Travis and Jenkins as tools.

Two days will be dedicated to the DevOps and CI tools, with one day dedicated to the application of these to federated service and identity providers.

It is a must attend workshop for programmers, server administrators and web developers responsible for maintaining their institutions ICT infrastructure, automating the deployment of server configurations and services across their networks. It is especially for those who want to build their institutions’ Identity Provider as part of their NREN Federation.

The workshop is hosted in collaboration with WACREN and members of the Sci-GaIA project.

Agenda: http://indico.wacren.net/event/25/
Venue: Human Resource Development Centre (HRDC), University of Lagos.
Date: 8th March to 10th March 2016
Time: 8am to 5pm
Who Should Attend: Programmers, server administrators and web developers responsible for maintaining and developing their institution's ICT infrastructure.

Enabling and Improving Research Output : e-Infrastructure and services for African research communities - 11 March 2016

In collaboration with WACREN and the Sci-GaIA project, Eko-Konnect will host a 1-day seminar to provide an overview of the e-Infrastructure model and explain how NRENs and other institutes can provide services to research communities and how they typically benefit from these services.

The seminar will be highly interactive with examples from local researchers within Eko-Konnect and NgREN community and also from international researchers. Participants will be updated about ongoing African e-Infrastructure projects and how to participate and benefit from them.

The seminar will be moderated by Sci-GAIA Project team leaders working on global open science initiatives and members from Eko-Konnect and NgREN community.

Federated Identity and Mobility Seminar Held

The Federated Identity and Mobility Seminar successfully took place on 7 October 2015 with participatants from institutions within the Eko-Konnect community and wider NgREN community in attendance.

Charles Uwadia, Chair of the Board of Trustees of Eko-Konnect opened proceedings setting the scene for the seminar by expressing the importance that federated identity and access brings to research and education. After a brief summary of Eko-Konnect's recent activities by Owen Iyoha, General Manager of Eko-Konnect, the audience was treated to insightful presentations from Anthony Adejumo on behalf of Joshua Atah, MD, NgREN on developing Nigeria's Identity Federation and Boubakar Barry, CEO of WACREN who explained the WACREN EduID infrastructure to the audience and described Horizon 2020 and the upcoming AfricaConnect2 projects that WACREN is invovled in.

Virtual presentations via Skype by Brook Schofield, Project Development Officer for GÉANT on the role of eduGAIN and eduROAM within global federations and Roberto Barbera from Catania University and the Sci-GaIA project Consortium Partner on Federated Platforms for Open Science Commons in Africa kept the audience captivated.

The afternoon's practical demonstrations of the NgREN Catchall Identity Provider and Certification Authority by Cletus Okolie, Technical Manager of Eko-Konnect provided opportunity for participants to get a hands on feel and understanding of how IdPs and SPs work within a federation.

The final session of the seminar was an interactive discussion of steps required to ensure the development of the NgREN federation and Eko-Konnect community’s full participation within it. Tirimisiyu Oladimeji an Eko-Konnect Board Of Trustee member, applauded the efforts of Eko-Konnect technical team and encouraged continued collaboration with NgREN to ensure to that all 28 Eko-Konnect institutions had their IdP's in place by the end of the year especially as the WACREN EduID infrastructure is available to facilitae the process. He hoped that the NgREN Federation would be fully established within the shortest possible time. It was also agreed that Eko-Konnect would create and distribute a template and schedule of training workshops and implementation requirements to its members for the establishment of their campus IdP's.

Institutions beyond the Eko-Konnect environs present at the seminar including University of Abuja, University of Ibadan, and Nnamdi Azikiwe University expressed their wish to also develop their campus IdPs and this became an immediate action point for Eko-Konnect to work with these institutions to establish their IdP's.

All the presentations can be obtained from Seminar Presentations

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WACREN SSL Certificates Bounty for E-Infrastructure From H2020 EU Project

WACREN was an affiliate partner in eI4Africa, a FP7 project funded by the European Commission to raise awareness of NRENs and the potential of e-Infrastructures. Eko-Konnect also participated in the project by hosting a workshop in the University of Lagos and deploying a Certification Authority and CatchAll Identity Provider for Nigeria to demonstrate federated access for higher education.

Sci-GaIA is a follow on project seeking in part to expand the gains in eI4Africa with training to develop the Science Gateways that make federated access even more valuable. The project seeks data and application providers in our universities and research centres and will administer a survey to identify interested parties.

High assurance SSL certificates are widely used in Identity Federations and other distributed IT infrastructures for research where trusted identity is mandatory. In eI4Africa, WACREN had an arrangement with Comodo to provide free SSL certificates for the servers deployed.

To help NRENs gather momentum to strategise for the longer term, the Sci-GaIA project has a new Comodo deal, with 5000 free SSL certificates for up to 3 years - http://discourse.sci-gaia.eu/t/agreement-with-comodo-for-digital-certifi...

These new certificates are offered on a first come first serve basis and open to all the regional RENs in Africa who have a 12-month period to negotiate a competititve framework arrangement for the future (Eko-Konnect will assist here).

The certificates are not your typical low-cost SSL certificates. They are high assurance, IGTF certified valued at about 3000 Euros when issued as wildcard certificates for the recommended 3 years. Certificates issued in this ramp up phase are not affected by the decision the RRENs eventually take.

To take advantage of this opportunity for your campus fill the form at http://goo.gl/forms/NC6HKKF1Kz

If you are responsible for your institution's network and IT infrastructure and need more details or assistance you can send an e-mail to secretariat@eko-konnect.org.ng

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