In the frame of the European project PaNOSC – The Photon and Neutron Open Science Cloud – Jean-François Perrin (Head of IT at ILL – Institut Laue-Langevin), Christos Kanellopoulos (Senior and Identity Manager at GÉANT), Mirjam van Daalen (Chief of Staff of the Photon Science Division at the Paul Scherrer Institut, and Chair of the UmbrellaID Committee) and Björn Erik Abt (IT security officer at Paul Scherrer Institut, and Head of the technical team of UmbrellaID) had been interviewed on the work carried out in the frame of PaNOSC WP6 – EOSC integration, towards the set-up of a federated authorization and authentication infrastructure (AAI) for the users of photon and neutron sources, which will allow a seamless access to data and data services.
To learn more please visit the PaNOSC project website.
About the umbrellaID
umbrellaID is the federated identity system for the users of the (European) large neutron and photon facilities.
Users of the photon and neutron facilities constitute a large community (with 30’000+ visiting scientists in Europe alone). At the moment the management of the experiments including identity management is performed locally on site via Web-based User Office (WUO) tools. However, users perform experiments increasingly at different facilities, about 30% on the average, in some research fields even up to 40%. They want to minimize the corresponding administration load and are interested in harmonized application surfaces. In addition, they need access to the data stored at the facilities and / or want to participate remotely in experiments. These trans-facility services need a federated identity management as provided by umbrellaID. Furthermore, centralized data analysis will become more important which again needs a federated identity management.
The direct advantage of the umbrellaID environment for the user is that he/she has only one account for all partner facilities and once logged in he/she can access the services at these partner facilities without a need for a new identification (Single Sign On).
The Photon and Neutron Open Science Cloud (PaNOSC) is an European project (grant agreement No. 823852) for making FAIR data a reality in 6 European Research Infrastructures (RIs), developing and providing services for scientific data and connecting these to the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). The objectives of the project are as follows:
- Participate in the construction of the EOSC by linking with the e-infrastructures and other ESFRI clusters.
- Make scientific data produced at Europe’s major Photon and Neutron sources fully compatible with the FAIR principles.
- Generalise the adoption of open data policies, standard metadata and data stewardship from 15 photon and neutron RIs and physics institutes across Europe
- Provide innovative data services to the users of these facilities locally and the scientific community at large via the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC).
- Increase the impact of RIs by ensuring data from user experiments can be used beyond the initial scope.
- Share the outcomes with the national RIs who are observers in the proposal and the community at large to promote the adoption of FAIR data principles, data stewardship and the EOSC.