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MAGIC Report Summary

Project ID: 654225
Funded under: H2020-EU.1.4.3.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - MAGIC (Middleware for collaborative Applications and Global vIrtual Communities)

Reporting period: 2015-05-01 to 2016-04-30

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

Summary: The MAGIC Project seeks to establish a set of agreements for Europe, Latin America and other participating World Regions, aiming at consolidating and completing the building blocks of middleware necessary for the establishment of a marketplace of services and real-time applications for international and inter-continental research groups which facilitates mobility and the work of global science communities.

Objectives:

 I. To foster the deployment of the platforms that enable mobility of people and seamless access to services by promoting the establishment of identity federations interconnected via eduGAIN, creating awareness of privacy and security issues and spreading eduroam by: sharing experiences, carrying out training and making available shared infrastructure to ease the process in the partner world regions.
 II. To develop a model for inter-operation between NREN cloud application markets of participating world regions, based on cloud provisioning and taking advantage of applications developed and run by NRENs across different continents to create a model for a worldwide application market for collaboration tools and services
 III. To seek consensus among participating world regions on the importance of interoperability of real-time applications and work towards the adoption of standards such as those proposed by the Global CEO Forum to promote the creation of a worldwide environment for these applications.
IV. To foster the collaborative work of Global Science Communities by actively promoting the participation of Latin American and other regions’ researchers in European Commission Calls and those of other international funding agencies with high impact in the participating regions and other networking activities.

Action plan: This project intends to build on existing European, Latin American and worldwide initiatives such as eduroam, eduGAIN, the RedCLARA Portal, the ELCIRA service prototype, OpenConext, the GÉANT Service Activities and the Global CEO Forum’s working groups on Real Time Collaboration (GRTC) and Global Services Delivery (GSD), as well as regional initiatives such as ASREN (Arab States), CAREN (Central Asia), CKLN (Caribbean), TEIN (Asia-Pacific), the UbuntuNet Alliance (Southern and Eastern Africa) and WACREN (West and Central Africa). The coordination with all these initiatives in the deployment of the mobility infrastructure as well as the agreements on how to share applications and services is the main strategy behind this project.

I. In the mobility area:
To foster the deployment of identity federations interconnected via eduGAIN, creating awareness of privacy and security issues and spreading eduroam. This will be accomplished by sharing experiences, carrying out training and making available shared infrastructure to ease the process in the partner world regions. To ensure maximum impact the training and best practice sharing will be carried out at Meetings of the Regional RENs and for each developing REN, a leader NREN has been selected to ensure regional appropriation and follow-up, following the model developed in Latin America where the leadership of RNP has been key for the successful training and implementation of eduroam and Identity Federations. We also plan to make available from servers in Latin America and Europe the “Identity-Provider-as-a-Service” application and “Federation-as-a-Service” so that the NRENs or institutions in the developing regions that cannot install them in their own servers may build their IdPs and Federations without the need to provide properly secured servers and manage the application suites needed.

II. In the collaboration applications area:
To advance in the agreements and implementation of a middleware capable of managing international working groups across applications. That is, the definition of a middleware infrastructure that will enable applications to share information on international groups so that an existing group

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

The project began in May 2015. The first official activity of the project was the participation in the IST Africa Conference, on May 6-8, 2015 where the project participated in the Workshop “Synergy for Global Collaboration in Science Powered by R&E Networks” where SciGAIA, TANDEM and MAGIC presented their views and discussed about synergy between them to improve results and maximize impact. This work on Synergy continued on May 11 in a meeting where the three Project Coordinators met at RENATER’s Office in Paris to plan the joint work.

As a result of these meetings, the dissemination activities planned by the 3 projects have been going hand in hand, sharing booths at TNC2015 and ICT 2015 conferences. Also as a result of the agreements, joint listings of meetings by the 3 projects have been built and ICT tools are being shared. Furthermore, the work of user communities will also be enhanced by this collaboration. Meetings on this matter were held at the UbuntuNet Conference in Maputo, in November 2015 and the WACREN Conference in March 2016 in Senegal.

The Kick Off Meeting of MAGIC took place at the RENATER Offices in Paris, on June 11-12, 2015, the week before the TNC2015 Meeting in order to take advantage of the travel plans of partners travelling from outside Europe. The meeting was attended by 29 participants coming from 19 out of the 20 partners. The meeting was developed around careful planning of the activities, the bonding of the working group, the tools to be used for the work, the planning of meetings and the synergies to be created with other projects such as SciGaIA and TANDEM.

Picture 1: The Kick Off Meeting in Paris

The Work package on Mobility (WP2) focused first on preparing a roadmap for the work of deploying Identity Federations in the different project regions: Arab Countries, South and East Africa, West Africa, Central Asia, the Caribbean, Asia-Pacific and Latin America, identifying in those regions by focal points, NRENs or institutions, which were interested in AAI and eduroam. Besides this an on line training to implement an Identity federation was developed and translated into French, Spanish and Russian in order to spread even more the amount of technicians trained.Two workshops on Identity Federations and eduroam were carried out during this period: one for the Arab States region on September, 2015 in Amman and the second one for the Caribbean region hold on October 2015 in Kingston, Jamaica. During this period, AAI implementations were successfully developed in Algeria and Morocco, while Pilots are already in place in Lebanon, Jordan, Malawi, Uganda, South Africa and WACREN.

In Workpackage 3 the work has been focused on three activities: a) the improvement and deployment of the Colaboratorio collaboration tool for the use of different NREN partners and b) the analysis of the group sharing standards available for group collaboration, and c) the technical design of the group management architecture for the pilot development. In the deployment of shared collaboration tools we can report that a personalized version of the Colaboratorio has been deployed for the use of Nigeria and WACREN in Africa as well as CEDIA in Ecuador and several other NRENs are already in several stages of use and/or deployment of this tool. The tool has also been deployed for the use of WACREN and TANDEM is using it for group collaboration; in the second activity, the WP members have analysed 5 different technologies and evaluated the interoperation possibilities of these tools. In the third activity the group defined a technical architecture for the federated group managers. The working group defined the two group managers Sympa and Perun that will interact using the VOOT protocol, and two applications, Filesender and Docuwiki, as the use cases for the pilot.

In Workpackage 4 the activities have been centered around the adoption of NRENum. For this, training was conducted at the TICAL2015 meeting in Viña del Mar,

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

Impact and Results
Expected impacts
Impacts

a)Adoption of European infrastructure standards eduroam and eduGAIN in several developing countries. Globalisation of these standards.

Following the strategy of extensive training carried out at regional meetings followed up afterwards with training material on an e-learning platform, and the availability of a service platform to lower the barrier of hardware and software deployment plus the leadership of a local NREN in each region, the project will create the basis for a deployment of eduroam and eduGAIN in each region involved in the project.

Indicator (DoA): Number of trained technicians in AAI from Africa, the Arab Countries, the Caribbean, Central Asia and Asia Pacific is over 30.

Advances in the Indicator:

Training in the Arab Countries Number of trained engineers 11
Training in The Caribbean Number of trained engineers 15
Training in the East and South African countries Number of trained engineers 22

Total so far Number of trained engineers 48

b)Coordination with several continents in basic infrastructure deployment

The project includes the collaboration of NRENs and Regional Networks in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe and Latin America on the development of agreements, human capacities and a network of collaborators that will foster the deployment of basic infrastructure needed for secure, authenticated access to collaboration tools as well as a means to application-sharing across the NREN world with the potential to include the commercial market serving NRENs and the university/research community. This basic infrastructure is eduroam, eduGAIN and the proposed agreement for the interoperable groupware management system.

Indicators: 12 countries having signed eduroam agreements with MAGIC
4 new pilot federations

Advances in the Indicator:

Number of countries committed to eduroam so far: 10
Latin America
Caribbean 1 (Jamaica)
Arab Countries (ASREN) 5 (Algeria, Lebanon, Jordan, Tunisia and Oman
East and South Africa (UbuntuNet) 2 (Uganda, Malawi)
West Africa (WACREN) 3 (Senegal, Ghana, Nigeria)

Pilot federations already created and in process of becoming eduGAIN members
South Africa: SAFIRE
Malawi
Uganda
WACREN eduID

c)Facilitation of standards to develop a global interoperable market of collaboration services for academia and other interest groups. Potential to ease the creation of a global market.

The project will include several world regions in the discussion for Open Standards in Real Time Collaboration and Service Delivery, including Groupware Management. This will ease the way for a global adoption of these standards which will help the creation of a global market for collaborative and other applications, be these provided by one NREN, or by external providers, to the academic community.

Indicators: 3 world regions incorporated in the pilot federated groupware service

Advances in the Indicator:

The regions committed are: Europe, Arab Countries, The Caribbean and Latin America. It is expected that West Africa and East/Southern Africa will also join the pilot.


d)Concertation in the development of worldwide services

The project will work jointly with the GÉANT project as well as the GSD and GRTC groups of the Global CEO Forum in order to promote and pilot the agreements reached for Real Time Collaboration standards as well as application sharing and service delivery. This will make it possible to include in these agreements several world regions that have been absent from these forums, such as Africa, Central Asia and the Caribbean

Indicators: 6 countries in 2 regions having incorporated NRENum.net for Global dialing

Advances in the Indicator:
5 countries in LA already joined NRENum.net
1 Countries in Asia has already joined

e)Application-sharing among NRENs and the global academic community.

The project will select applications being provided by NRENs and will propose a model for application-sharing so

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