Authentication and Authorisation for Research Collaboration Technical Revision to Enhance Effectiveness

Collaboration and sharing of resources is critical for research. Authentication and Authorisation Infrastructures (AAIs) play a key role in enabling federated interoperable access to resources.

The AARC Technical Revision to Enhance Effectiveness (AARC TREE) project takes the successful and globally recognised “Authentication and Authorisation for Research Collaboration” (AARC) model and its flagship outcome, the AARC Blueprint Architecture (BPA), as the basis to drive the next phase of integration for research infrastructures: expand federated access management to integrate user-centring technologies, expand access to federated data and services (authorisation), consolidating existing capacities and avoiding fragmentation and unnecessary duplication.

The main objectives of the AARC TREE project are to:

  • Capture and analyse new Authentication and Authorisation interoperability requirements and provide a landscape analysis of AAIs services in the research infrastructures (RIs) represented in AARC TREE.
  • Expand the number of research communities that can implement the AARC BPA and/or the AARC guidelines, by providing a validation environment and toolkits, while also supporting existing AARC communities in adopting new guidelines 
  • Define and validate new technical and policy guidelines for the AARC BPA that address RIs use-cases. This will improve the integration of RIs across thematic areas and increase the ability of RIs to support emerging needs.
  • Bring RIs, e-Infrastructures and relevant stakeholders together to align strategies to integrate new technologies, better interoperate and share resources across thematic areas and produce a compendium and recommendations for different stakeholders.

CSC represents European life sciences data infrastructures such as ELIXIR in AARC TREE. Especially human data management from initiatives like EU 1+MG set requirements for federated data access support technologies. These are key part of the prospective AARC blueprint update.