I confirm that the project development is being conducted under the terms
agreed in the initial contract with JISC.
Project Manager: Ross MacIntyre, MC
Developers: Mike Jones, ESNW, Andrew Weeks, MC
zetoc Application Consultancy: Ashley Sanders, MC
Web Services Consultancy: Ann Apps, MC
e-Science Consultancy: Stephen Pickles, ESNW
Systems Support: Geoff Lane, MC
28 March Akenti Seminar organised at Manchester
8 May PERMIS Seminar organised at Manchester
22 May Portal Development Meeting, Warwick Univ – A2Z overview talk given
3-4 July JISC Programme Meeting, Warwick Univ.
18 July Web Services Training Course organised at Manchester
Poster accepted by AHM2003 2-4 September, Nottingham (eScience All Hands Meeting)
Meeting held with Mark Norman, DCOCE Project on Oxford on 7th May.
Contact made with Sally Chambers of the GLAM Project.
Contact made with Paul Miller and the PORTAL Project.
Akenti was downloaded from the LNBL site and installed.
The main developer of Akenti, Abdelilah Essiari, visited Manchester 26-28 March. He assisted with the configuration and took part in a seminar on 28 March. Seminar covered:
1) Akenti Overview
2) The 'A2Z' Akenti Evaluation Project
3) Akenti/PERMIS Comparison - David Chadwick, U of Salford.
4) JISC/eScience Authentication/Authorisation - Alan Robiette
5) Open forum
The Access Policy for all zetoc stakeholders has been defined and is summarised
below – any licence fee is indicated.
British Library, who provide the data:
BL Reader in Reading Room (£0)
‘ac.uk’ community (£0)
NHS England (£0), Scotland (>£0, but not disclosed), Wales n/a & N.Ireland n/a.
JISC, who provide/fund the server and service support:
‘ac.uk’ community according to the TAU List: HE (£0), FE (£0), RC (£500pa)
and the CHEST List of Associates (£500pa) and Affiliates (£500pa).
NHS England (£4,000pa), Scotland (£500pa), Wales (£500pa) & N.Ireland (£500pa)
MIMAS, who issue the invoices – If licence > £0, has it been paid?
The Akenti Root Policy has been created and includes: the issuers Distinguished Name & Certificate Authority Distinguished Name, Name of Resource “zetoc”, Full list of CAs and where to find their signed certificates
The Akenti ‘Use Conditions’ have been configured for each Stakeholder. It states: Who is allowed to issue Use Conditions, Where these Use Conditions are, Optional Global declaration of locations of attribute certificates, Who issued this certificate, Resource Name = “zetoc” and Constraints, all of which must be met.
The logic applied is: (group=BL_Reader)||(IP=ac.uk)||
(NHS=England)||(NHS=Scotland & Licence=PAID) and this has been implemented in the following way.
Group = BL_Reader -> system IP check
IP=ac.uk -> system IP check
NHS=England -> Akenti requires certificate signed by NHS_England
NHS=Scotland -> Akenti requires certificate signed by NHS_Scotland
Licence=PAID -> system check: “yes” in a local MIMAS-maintained file.
The above has been created as a ‘black box’ which is called by the application.
The Certificate Authority “UK e-Science CA” can now issue certificates
that work with Internet Explorer. Previously Netscape 4.79 had to be used.
Work is now commencing on creating a web service version of zetoc. A course on Web Services was arranged and hosted by Manchester Computing on 18th July. A number of projects and organisations were represented including: IESR, FAIR Enough, L&T Portal, PORTAL, JISC, UKOLN, GoGeo, geoXwalk and CD Focus