Despite all potential differences between user communities, research infrastructures, federations, identity providers, and e-Infrastructures, they all work towards a common goal. And they are sufficiently alike that they might share some common policy frameworks. While it is always tempting to make ad-hoc policies, an open research commons benefits hugely from mutual understanding based on set of a harmonized policy frameworks and ways to compare the various best practice aspects.

The Policy and Best Practice Harmonisation activity works on operational and security aspects and policies to complement the technical research work carried out in the architecture and the infrastructures, and delivers a set of recommendations and good practices to implement a scaleable and cost-effective policy and operational framework driven by the use cases from the AARC Community. Policy harmonisation produces both generic guidelines (such as on operational security and traceability for proxies, acceptable use policy matching, and trust and assurance models) as well as specific guidelines for communities that are implementing the Blueprint Architecture.

Policy Coordination calls

There are monthly Policy Coordination Calls, currently supported by AARC TREE and the global community. You can of course review the notes at, but are also warmly invoted to join the calls on the 3rd Monday of the month. You can find the call details at

In AARC, we place primary focus on a selected set of elements that are currently the most pressing for either communties or generic Infrastructure AAIs:

Lastly, it is imperative that any policies are agreed to in a scalable way: bi-lateral agreements do not work in a multi-stakeholder environment. The work on scalable policy negotiation addresses this issue by exploring ways of expressing and agreeing policy in a federated world: Snctfi.

Read the AARC2 First Year Report and the AARC TREE white papers to get to grips with our policy coordination activities, take the slide tour, or read our whitepapers and guidelines

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