On Thursday 12th July 2012, The European Commission Information Society and Media DG hosted a workshop to present the recommendations to deliver an integrated Authentication, Authorisation and Accounting Infrastructure (AAAI) to help the emergence of a Scientific Data Infrastructure (SDI) aimed to create the conditions to access, share and preserve scientific data.

This workshop was the culmination of a study to explore requirements are for an AAAI, given the new challenges posed by the rise of e-science data and the increasing emphasis on collaboration and the sharing of scientific content. Findings from the study were presented and various experts from within the e-science and research infrastructure providers communities were asked to present their views on the relevance of an AAI to their activities. Feedback received during the workshop will be considered in recommendations in the final report.

The final report will be submitted to the European Commission in September 2012 and will be used to inform the work of Horizon 2020.

Participants at the workshop included stakeholder representatives from National Research & Educational Networks (NRENs), research infrastructures, libraries, data centres, and e-science community.


The list of participants is now online.


The draft version of the report is online for comments.


10.30 - 11.00Coffee
11.00 - 11.20Welcome and EC strategies and motivations for the studyKostas Glinos and Jarkko Siren (EC)
11.20 - 11.50Setting the scene: The data problem - Diego Lopez (Telefonica)
11:50 - 13.00

User-community requirements for the Scientific Data Infrastructure (SDI)

eScience requirements - David Kelsey (STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory )

Humanities requirements - DARIAH - Ye Cao 

Libraries requirements - Susan Reilly (LIBER)

NRENs/GEANT requirements - Valter Nordh (GU/NORDUnet)

13.00 - 14.00Lunch
14.00 - 14.50The impact of EU Data Protection law - Patrick VanEecke (DLA Piper)
14:50 - 15.20

Presenting the Recommendations of the study - Licia Florio (TERENA)

15.20 - 15.40Break
15.40 - 16.40

Panel - Feedback on the findings

Chair: Klaas Wierenga (CISCO Systems)

Each of the previous panel member will provide their feedback on the study findings and how the recommendations address their requirements.

Attendees will be invited to participate in the discussion.

16.40 - 17.00 Closing Remark - Can this study make a difference? Jean-Luc Dorel (EC)



Meeting organisation

Mr. Tamas Varga

University of Debrecen


Local Support

European Commission

DG CNECT 'Communications Networks, Content and Technology'

Unit C1 - BU25 4/81

B-1049 Brussels, Belgium

Elisa Rappucci

 +32-2-29 87082




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