Collaboration across institutional borders is a recurring theme in the research and education community, and is one of the strengths of the R&E community. Therefore, providing infrastructure support for such collaborations is a very important aspect to advanced collaboration, as well as innovation.
There is a careful balancing act between supporting collaboration for research activities whilst guaranteeing users' privacy and security. The NREN community and the GÉANT project have been amongst the greatest innovators in this area –demonstrated by the success of both eduGAIN and eduroam.
However, significant research is still needed to ensure that federated access is widely used and able to support emerging requirements, as well as to support NRENs' fundamental role in shaping the technologies that are used to implement federated access.
This research will focus on areas that, if not addressed, may hinder wide adoption of research and education Identity Federations, and consequently of eduGAIN, and the deployment of other GÉANT services.