SURFconextCollaboration Without LimitsHarold Teunissen et al. – SURFnetTeraGrid2011 – July 2011
Changing Behaviors  Hierarchical                                                                   Self Organizing    Secr...
Motive• Cloud cloud cloud — data explosion• Mobile mobile mobile — device explosion• Go go go — study + work + play + coll...
Core Business• Modern universities are developing towards loose  conglomerates of (inter)discipline expertise‣ Collaborati...
Distributed Landscape• Modern science combines resources from multiple  sources‣ The core resources are within the VO doma...
Collaboration Entropy                                                     Virtual Laboratory                              ...
ExamplesVirtual Laboratory  Virtual Project  Virtual Organi-       zational Breeding Environment           SURFconext - TG...
Commercial Brake                 Short video explaining SURFconext                        www.surfconext.nl/enSURFconext -...
Collaboration EnvironmentsSURFconext - TG11 - July 2011,- Salt Lake City, UT   9
SURFconext — Rationale• Create open standards glue to make campus and  cloud based services usable for collaboration for  ...
Core Components• Federated Identity Management — SAML• Groups Management — Grouper• Social Network Portal technology — Ope...
Federated Identities• A federation is a collaboration of trust• Users log in at their institution to get access to  their ...
Federation Models        1x1                                                    nxm               n+nIdentity Provider    ...
Groups• Based on Grouper technology Internet2• Groups are -currently- managed centrally• Any acceptable user can become a ...
Service domestication is key• Domestication can be described as the process of  externalizing authentication, authorizatio...
Advantages Domestication• Domesticated applications enable single sign-on  features for users, as well as the ability to s...
Collaboration Services• In Production         - Commercial services — Alfresco, Liferay, Confluence         - Campus servic...
OpenSocial• General purpose web integration technology by  using Gadgets• Open Social Data API for exchanging information ...
Architecture & DesignSURFconext - TG11 - July 2011,- Salt Lake City, UT   19
Simplified View                                                     SAML2 IdP                                              ...
Combining existing components      and open standards                                                           SAML2 IdP ...
So far• SURFconext Platform up and running for 3 months,  GA in fall 2011• 3 commercial Service Providers• 46 Identity Pro...
Bumpy road• (Service) License models are currently inadequate• Good business models required for vendors• Collaboration ap...
OpenConext• OpenConext is an OpenSource technology stack  for creating and running Collaboration platforms• Join and contr...
Getting startedSURFconext - TG11 - July 2011,- Salt Lake City, UT   25
Share services with your teamSURFconext - TG11 - July 2011,- Salt Lake City, UT   26
DemoSURFconext - TG11 - July 2011,- Salt Lake City, UT   27
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  1. 1. SURFconextCollaboration Without LimitsHarold Teunissen et al. – SURFnetTeraGrid2011 – July 2011
  2. 2. Changing Behaviors Hierarchical Self Organizing Secrecy TransparencyLoose Alliance Collaboration Sluggish Urgency Novelty Innovation Tunnel Vision Didactic Source: Sir Ken Robison SURFconext - TG11 - July 2011,- Salt Lake City, UT 2
  3. 3. Motive• Cloud cloud cloud — data explosion• Mobile mobile mobile — device explosion• Go go go — study + work + play + collaborate + organize + et cetera• Collaboration is key to your and your team’s success! Source: AMDSURFconext - TG11 - July 2011,- Salt Lake City, UT 3
  4. 4. Core Business• Modern universities are developing towards loose conglomerates of (inter)discipline expertise‣ Collaboration is therefore a core business‣ Scientific collaboration involves groups of people in multiple institutions, disciplines and countries‣ Collaboration is about using shared services and resources• Virtual Organization = People + Groups + Resources + Services + Policies + Funding + ...SURFconext - TG11 - July 2011,- Salt Lake City, UT 4
  5. 5. Distributed Landscape• Modern science combines resources from multiple sources‣ The core resources are within the VO domain, but within multiple institutions, and‣ the generic collaboration services can be found the cloudSURFconext - TG11 - July 2011,- Salt Lake City, UT 5
  6. 6. Collaboration Entropy Virtual Laboratory Virtual Project Virtual Organi- zation Virtual Breeding EnvironmentSURFconext - TG11 - July 2011,- Salt Lake City, UT 6
  7. 7. ExamplesVirtual Laboratory Virtual Project Virtual Organi- zational Breeding Environment SURFconext - TG11 - July 2011,- Salt Lake City, UT 7
  8. 8. Commercial Brake Short video explaining SURFconext www.surfconext.nl/enSURFconext - TG11 - July 2011,- Salt Lake City, UT 8
  9. 9. Collaboration EnvironmentsSURFconext - TG11 - July 2011,- Salt Lake City, UT 9
  10. 10. SURFconext — Rationale• Create open standards glue to make campus and cloud based services usable for collaboration for both inter campus and Virtual Organization scenarios• Let vendors provide generic and integrated services as part of the platform, whilst institutions can add specialist services• Offer the platform as a service for smaller & ad-hoc team collaboration• Offer the platform software for large, VO-type collaboration run-you-ownSURFconext - TG11 - July 2011,- Salt Lake City, UT 10
  11. 11. Core Components• Federated Identity Management — SAML• Groups Management — Grouper• Social Network Portal technology — OpenSocial• Collaboration tools - Document Sharing - Video Collaboration - Learning Systems - Visualization - Data Mining - Workspaces - Et ceteraSURFconext - TG11 - July 2011,- Salt Lake City, UT 11
  12. 12. Federated Identities• A federation is a collaboration of trust• Users log in at their institution to get access to their services Source: JISC2007SURFconext - TG11 - July 2011,- Salt Lake City, UT 12
  13. 13. Federation Models 1x1 nxm n+nIdentity Provider Service Provider Federation Hub SURFconext - TG11 - July 2011,- Salt Lake City, UT 13
  14. 14. Groups• Based on Grouper technology Internet2• Groups are -currently- managed centrally• Any acceptable user can become a group admin• Groups provide context for applications (but applications decide on AuthZ!)• Groups feature (only) 3 roles (admin, collabmin, member)SURFconext - TG11 - July 2011,- Salt Lake City, UT 14
  15. 15. Service domestication is key• Domestication can be described as the process of externalizing authentication, authorization and group management from services• Domestication fits nicely in the Service Oriented Architecture paradigm where a platform is created for reusable services and service components• It becomes easier to share (generic) information among services and to replace similar services• It is only useful in multi-domain collaboration so (delegation of) trust is a point of concernSURFconext - TG11 - July 2011,- Salt Lake City, UT 15
  16. 16. Advantages Domestication• Domesticated applications enable single sign-on features for users, as well as the ability to share group context between multiple applications• Main Candidates - Identity and access control - Group management - Events like presence and activities - Perhaps Monitoring and Reporting and messaging?SURFconext - TG11 - July 2011,- Salt Lake City, UT 16
  17. 17. Collaboration Services• In Production - Commercial services — Alfresco, Liferay, Confluence - Campus services — Sakai, U. of Amsterdam communities - SURFnet — Filesender, Foodle, SURFmedia - Experimental — Big Blue Button, Etherpad • Pending - Commercial services — Webex, Adobe Connect, Mendeley, Google Apps, IBM Lotus Live - Campus services — 3TU DataCenter, Dataverse Network U of Utrecht, MyExperiment - Experimental — Sharepoint2010, Exchange, IMAP• Wish-list - Commercial services — LinkedIn, Moodle, Dropbox, Zoho Apps, Drupal, Ning, Yammer - Research — iRods, Zotero, Devices, ContentSURFconext - TG11 - July 2011,- Salt Lake City, UT 17
  18. 18. OpenSocial• General purpose web integration technology by using Gadgets• Open Social Data API for exchanging information on people, groups, activities, et cetera• Lightweight, 2.0 compliant and easy• Open standard, browser based components• Vendor neutral & platform independent• Large user community → wide spread adoption• Uptake moving from Social Networks to R&E and EnterpriseSURFconext - TG11 - July 2011,- Salt Lake City, UT 18
  19. 19. Architecture & DesignSURFconext - TG11 - July 2011,- Salt Lake City, UT 19
  20. 20. Simplified View SAML2 IdP Identity Provider Web Portal Grouper Group Management Gadget Conext TBD Attribute Management Engine OpenSocial TBD Virtual Organizations Container OpenSocial Rest JANUS Service RegistryOpenSocial Rest SAML2 SP SAML2 Metadata OAuth Service Provider SURFconext - TG11 - July 2011,- Salt Lake City, UT 20
  21. 21. Combining existing components and open standards SAML2 IdP Identity Provider Portal Grouper TBD Attribute Management TBD Virtual Organizations OpenSocial Rest JANUSOpenSocial Rest SAML2 SP SAML2 Metadata OAuth Service Provider SURFconext - TG11 - July 2011,- Salt Lake City, UT 21
  22. 22. So far• SURFconext Platform up and running for 3 months, GA in fall 2011• 3 commercial Service Providers• 46 Identity Providers• Piloting with at 5 institutions & VOs• Hooking up to eduGAIN and other federations• Initially engaging with Virtual Organizations — 3TU, Clarin, LifeWatch, BambooSURFconext - TG11 - July 2011,- Salt Lake City, UT 22
  23. 23. Bumpy road• (Service) License models are currently inadequate• Good business models required for vendors• Collaboration applications require attributes — who is going to provide for them?• International focus is paramount for wide adoption• Engage early adopters, both at institutions, vendors, VOs and end users WARNING CHALLENGES AHEADSURFconext - TG11 - July 2011,- Salt Lake City, UT 23
  24. 24. OpenConext• OpenConext is an OpenSource technology stack for creating and running Collaboration platforms• Join and contribute www.openconext.orgSURFconext - TG11 - July 2011,- Salt Lake City, UT 24
  25. 25. Getting startedSURFconext - TG11 - July 2011,- Salt Lake City, UT 25
  26. 26. Share services with your teamSURFconext - TG11 - July 2011,- Salt Lake City, UT 26
  27. 27. DemoSURFconext - TG11 - July 2011,- Salt Lake City, UT 27
  28. 28. harold.teunissen@surfnet.nl haroldteunissen

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