NREN Governance: Let’s Play the Game for the Future of Digital Services

Mara Bukvic
TrackLightning Talks -- Store Scene
DescriptionThis presentation is proposed in order to attract attention to challenges of NRENs that has solved initial tasks of providing basic services and setting up the NRENs, but that are still developing more slowly than expected. While the challenges of NRENs passing their first emerging stage can be identified being a subject of talk or support in subsequent development stages shows a lack of effort to identify/even to talk about the reason for NREN’s inability to have a fast enough development which leads toward providing a wider range of services/enlarging community in number of institutions receiving those services.

In order to examine the impression that the funding is not the main reason for a slow development, we analysed circumstances which stalled the process of connecting primary and secondary schools in Serbia to the NREN for nearly a decade. We modeled the situation by using the principles of game theory and accordingly choose the set of activities that have been successfully applied to return this long-term goal among top priorities of government and funding bodies, resulting in bringing schools to NREN after ten years of "waiting to happen". Though, the story was out of scope of the TNC18 conference, we believe it should not to stay buried behind high walls.

We consider to examine another nonfunctional case i.e. the case of the AAI development. Serbian NREN participated in the eduGAIN task within the GEANT project since 2009, having six institutions joined the future federation till the beginning of 2018. This number is low. With new actors on the scene, the goal is to find out "why is the place of Serbia on the eduGAIN map still empty" i.e. the reasons for stalled process of the knowledge transfer from GEANT to NREN toward its member institutions.

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