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ARIN joins national access initiative – AAF

ARIN’s integration with the Australian Access Federation allows registered users to log into ARIN using their usual organisation username and password.

ARIN is a world leading research facility management software solution initiated by the Victorian Platform Technologies Network (VPTN). The software allows researchers to book instruments and services across its network and report on usage. To find out more go to http://arin.org.au/.

First published: 24/04/2014

Updated at: 19/05/2014 at 11:17 am

The Australian Research Infrastructure Network (ARIN) is now connected to the Australian Access Federation (AAF), joining other national data initiatives.

What does this mean?

ARIN’s integration with the AAF allows users (whose home organisation is an AAF subscriber) to log into ARIN using their usual username and password. No need to remember a new username & password for ARIN!

As an ARIN user logging in via the AAF, you have access to a suite of national initiatives for researchers, including Cloudstor (to send large files) and Quadrant (project management). Adding these to your use of ARIN provides a range of useful tools for researchers. For more info on Cloudstor and Quadrant see:

  • Cloudstor, click on login and be automatically connected
  • Quadrant, click on login and be automatically connected

A full list of AAF subscribers is available here. Please contact the AAF to become an AAF subscriber.

If your organisation is registered with the AAF, you can request access here and then log on to book instruments in these ARIN facilities using your organisational user credentials:

  • Murdoch Children’s Research Institution: Flow Cytometry and Imaging Facility
  • The University of Melbourne: Melbourne Magnetic Resonance, Melbourne Advanced Microscopy, Melbourne Translational Genomics
  • The Florey Institute of Neurosciences and Mental Health: Florey MRI at the Austin Campus, Florey Microscopy, the Florey Behavioural Suite,
  • Monash Health Translational Precinct: MHTP Medical Genomics Facility,
  • Monash University: FlowCore, Monash Biomedical proteomics, Monash Biomedical Imaging, Monash Micro Imaging, Monash Histology Platform or
  • RMIT:  Micro-Nano Research Facility.

To understand why ARIN has integrated with AAF, see the benefits for yourself:

  1. Go to arin.org.au  and click on ‘login or create a free account’.
  2. Take the third option down ‘Login using AAF account’ at the bottom of the page to automatically connect you to request access to research facilities using ARIN.
  3. Select your home institution from the drop down list, and log in with your usual home organisation username and password (NB. your organisation must be an AAF subscriber. See).
  4. Complete the text fields and click ‘Request access’
  5. Click on top left ‘calendar’ and have a peek at instrument bookings and free times at various facilities.

ARIN is a world leading research facility management software solution initiated by the Victorian Platform Technologies Network (VPTN).  The software allows researchers to book instruments and services across its network and report on usage. To find out more go to arin.org.au.

What is the AAF?

The AAF enables an end user of an AAF subscriber to log into AAF-connected service providers with their usual username and password.  It provides a secure authentication framework for Australian higher education and research.

Because research communities are made up of colleagues from different institutions all over the world, researchers need online shared access to data, scientific instruments and computing capability for their group research needs.

Since its inception in 2009, different Australian education and research institutions and organisations have signed up to an agreed set of attributes, practices and policies for exchanging information about their users and resources to enable access and use of resources and services.

Combined with identity management software within these institutions and organisations – it’s known as federated access management. Researchers can use their home organisation login to access a growing number of participating services and resources.

Users’ credentials are kept within a single authoritative directory for identity management (issued by their own institution), and only those authorised can access resources outside their institution.

For further information about ARIN, go to www.arin.org.au, or for more information about AAF, go to www.aaf.edu.au  or http://aaf.edu.au/supporting-researchers/how-researchers-are-using-the-federation/

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