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GÉANT and TERENA honour research and education networkers with 2014 Community Awards

TERENA and the GÉANT project present Community Awards to teams or individuals who have shared their ideas, expertise and time in collaboration with the research and education (R&E) networking community, recognising that such contributions are often provided voluntarily and through the good will of their employer organisation.

Jan Meijer (UNINETT, NO) and Stefan Winter (RESTENA, LU) received this year’s R&E networking Community Awards following open nominations and selection by a panel of judges. Karel Vietsch (late Secretary General of TERENA) was also, posthumously, awarded. Dorte Olesen (Technical University of Denmark), a former TERENA president and now chair of the GÉANT NREN Policy Committee, presented the awards on behalf of the judges during the closing plenary session of the TERENA Networking Conference (TNC2014) on Thursday 22 May. ABOUT THE LAUREATES JAN MEIJER Jan Meijer was lauded for sharing the idea of a file transport service for research and education – an idea which was discussed in the TERENA task force TF-Storage chaired by Jan and then developed into the open-source FileSender software under Jan's leadership. This simple-to-use, federated, web-based application allows users to share arbitrarily large files with a private audience through a trusted intermediary. FileSender is now deployed by almost 40 national research and education networks (NRENs), institutions and other organisations around the world. November 2014 marks the fifth anniversary of the first FileSender release. Data shows there has been a steady growth in use during the past five years. New releases planned for 2014 will improve the speed of uploads and the protection of downloads, and will add encryption and multi-file support. The FileSender project is funded by AARNet (AU), Arnes (SI), Belnet (BE), CSC/FUNET (FI), HEAnet (IE), SURFnet (NL), and UNINETT (NO). STEFAN WINTER Stefan Winter was honoured for services to the development of eduroam – the secure, world-wide roaming access service developed for the international research and education community. With roles in the GÉANT project and the TERENA Task Force on Mobility and Network Middleware (TF-MNM), Stefan has led standardisation work, striven for federated solutions, and proposed and developed tools such as F-Ticks for statistics collection and CAT, the universal eduroam configuration tool. Almost 600 institutions have now signed up to CAT, with almost half a million end users who are running a secure configuration that required no effort from them. Stefan is also an author and co-author of several important Internet Drafts and RFCs that will lead the way for eduroam in the future. He also led a global community effort to understand the impact of Heartbleed, the recently identified Internet security issue, and to secure the eduroam RADIUS infrastructure from such attacks. KAREL VIETSCH In May 2013 Karel Vietsch received Dutch royal recognition for his outstanding contribution to research and education networking and the Internet in general, when he was appointed an Officer in the Order of Orange-Nassau. His work had influenced various prominent Internet organisations and initiatives including RIPE NCC and the GÉANT project. Karel had continued to provide information and support to the TERENA Secretariat staff and engaged with the wider community even while on sick leave. He further demonstrated his commitment by setting up the 'Vietsch Foundation' to help stimulate the research and education networking community in future. A first public announcement about the existence and aims of the Vietsch Foundation was made during the TNC2014 opening plenary session. The Community Award judges wished to acknowledge Karel's extraordinary dedication to the R&E networking community by honouring him posthumously, after he passed away on 23 February 2014. The judges’ comments and other details are available via More information about FileSender ( eduroam ( and eduroam CAT ( For further information about the Vietsch Foundation, please contact Valentino Cavalli ( THE 2014 PANEL OF JUDGES In addition to Dorte Olesen, the 2014 panel of judges were: Pierre Bruyère (Belnet, BE) - TERENA President; John Boland (HEAnet, IE) - CEO of the TNC2014 host organisation; Erik Huizer (SURFnet, NL) - Chair of the TNC2014 Programme Committee.


e-infrastructure, networks, research, education, bioinformatics, CIO, ICT,


Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czechia, Germany, Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Spain, Finland, France, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Latvia, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Slovenia, United Kingdom