From Network Exchange to Collaboration Exchange - A guided tour

In the networking world open exchanges are very common. In fact, these exchanges have enabled the existence of a free and open Internet for the past decades. Network exchanges interconnect infrastructures not only on a technical level but also set standards with respect to policy, cost and governance.
In the world of collaboration services however open exchanges are still rare. Identity federations as found in research and education have shown to be an incentive for aggregating services under the wings of the federation. These federations are a good first step towards creating an open collaboration exchange. However, many federations operate on a national level only. Policy and governance, as well as local legal practices differ significantly, making it quite cumbersome to share services between federation domains.
Given the success of open exchanges for networking, it is interesting to explore if open network exchanges and their technical, organizational and financial models can be used as a source of inspiration for creating collaboration exchanges that bring together collaborative needs, combining identity, attributes, groups, and (cloud) application services on a (inter)national level.
In this presentation we will map relevant characteristics of open network exchanges to (future) open exchanges for collaboration services. We use the Amsterdam Internet Exchange, GLIF and SURFconext as guiding examples for the setup and implementation of an open international collaboration exchange.



  • Floor Jas
  • Marijke Kaat
  • Niels van Dijk

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