Eduroam is a global initiative of TERENA – the Trans-European Research and Education Networking Association, and is an international roaming service for users in research, higher education and further education. It provides researchers, teachers and students easy and secure network access when visiting an institution other than their own.
In Australia, the service is patronised well, with around 16,000 unique users every day. It is available at the campuses of 62 institutions in Australia, including a number of hospitals in QLD and NSW (soon SA), as well as some QLD buses and ferries.
AARNet, in conjunction with the Queensland Regional Network Organisation (QRNO), has established a committee to explore some of the opportunities and challenges around the growth of eduroam and the communities that benefit from it.
The committee will advise on issues around the provision of eduroam in public spaces, in congested shared locations such as hospitals and research precincts, and the possible expansion of eduroam to schools and TAFEs.
The committee has a remit to consult broadly and includes representation from a number of stakeholders – including Rob Moffatt from University of Queensland, Ian Smith from Flinders University, Rick Van Haeftan from Australian Catholic University, Christine Burns from University of Technology Sydney and Kerry Holling from University of Western Sydney.
If you have an interest in contributing, please contact Angus.Griffin@aarnet.edu.au
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