2015 Internet2 Global Summit

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Building a Virtual Research Organization Across International Borders

Time 04/30/15 08:45AM-10:00AM

Room Mount Vernon B

Session Abstract

Participation in international collaborations presents significant challenges for research centers in low- to middle-income countries. These challenges include unreliable informatics, communications, power, and technical support services. Scientific research relies on a complex network of interactions between foundations, governments, corporations, and academic institutions. To respond to this unique challenge simplifying collaborator identity and access management for both local and newly developed cloud-based computational tools for communication and data sharing is required. More than twenty years ago, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) established two centers for collaboration in Sub-Saharan Africa, in Mali at the Faculty of Medicine and in Uganda with the Ugandan Virus Research Institute. These International Centers for Excellence in Research (ICERs) conduct basic science and operate clinical studies in tropical medicine. From the perspective of a trust federation, the ICERs act as both service providers and identity providers to the global research community, providing data, specimens, and human resources to the collaborative efforts. Recently, the European and North American research institutions have been working to expand the use of trust federations and inter-federations (e.g., InCommon, CANARIE, and EduGAIN) to facilitate cross-border scientific collaboration and learning. Our effort extends the capacity of the ICERs to collaborate with the international research community through Virtual Research Organizations that can integrate with these trust federations. Scientific investigators will provision their research program with collaborators from any federated institution giving them access to provisioned data sharing networks, document management, wikis, mailing lists, specimen repositories, informatics tools, and other services. The result is a collaboration portal using researchers' home institutions for credentials to deliver scientific tools for communication and data sharing for the global scientific community.


Speaker Christopher Whalen National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Speaker Benjamin Oshrin Spherical Cow Group

Speaker Scott Koranda Spherical Cow Group

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Primary track Cyber Security & Trust & Identity

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