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Task Force on Distributed Ledger Technologies


GÉANT Task Forces (TFs) are established under the auspices of GÉANT in order to create an open forum where experts from its community exchange information, knowledge, ideas and best practices about specific technical or other areas of business relevant to the research and education networking community.

The GÉANT TF-DLT, Distributed Ledger Technologies, is a forum to explore the usage of distributed ledger technologies (DLT) as well as distributed identity and Self Sovereign Identity (SSI) in the context of the research and the education community.

Mailing list: dlt@lists.geant.org - https://lists.geant.org/sympa/subscribe/dlt

Find us on nren.slack.com - #tf-dlt

AIM of the Task Force

  1. To provide a forum for gathering and exchanging experiences, ideas, and knowledge on the development, deployment, testing, and best practices related to Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLTs), distributed identity and SSI. To explore related technology such as software and hardware wallets as well as protocols and standards.
  2. To engage the NRENs and other interested parties in the R&E community that are deploying DLT infrastructures and services that use distributed ledger technologies; and to offer them a forum to exchange experiences.
  3. To promote collaboration between research and education networking organisations in Europe engaged with identifying specific use-cases and demonstrators to validate the usage of distributed ledgers, distributed identities, and SSI, both as an alternative technology to those currently deployed as well as in support of novel use cases.
  4. To provide inputs, ideas and feedback that help participants in gathering information not only on the technology but also on business and GDPR aspects related to distributed ledgers.
  5. To liaise with other relevant groups and stakeholders outside the NRENs that are adopting distributed ledger technologies, distributed identities and SSI.

This Task Force is chaired by Niels van Dijk (SURF), Gert De Braekeleer (BELNET) and Robert Ott (SWITCH), with the support of Licia Florio (GÉANT) and Michelle Williams (GÉANT).

TF- DLT was created in May 2021 (but it will start after the summer) and will run for a period of 18 Months.  Please refer to the charter for more information.


Planned Activities


KPIs

Due Date

Collect and share information on DLT/ SSI initiatives in which participants are involved or plan to engage with.

Online material (i.e. documents, infoshare, links to webpages) on the SIG wiki

M2 and ongoing work

Identify use-cases relevant for the group that involve distributed ledgers, distributed identity and SSI

3 use-cases gathered

M2 -  first use-case
M4 - other 2 use-cases

Collect more information on the diploma use case that is being investigate within the European Blockchain Service Infrastructure (EBSI).

Online Material on the wiki

M4 and ongoing work

Define demonstrators to run on the EBSI network that is being deployed at member state level and operated by different NRENs

2 Demonstrators IdentifiedM5 -1st demonstrator identified and plan defined to execute that

M6 - 2nd demonstrator identified

Review plans and KPIs for the SIG

New Plan M12

Recommendations for future work and for suitable areas that could be further explored in the context of the GEANT project

TF Recommendations for future workM17

News and Events

EventDate and Time
Kick Off Meeting

Wednesday 27th October 2021, 11:00-12:00 CEST

Kick Off Meeting 27th October 2021 Notes

December 2021

Tuesday 14th December 2021, 10:30-12:30 CET

https://events.geant.org/event/1078/

2nd TF-DLT Meeting 14th December 2021 Notes

February 2022

Monday 21st February, 14:00-16:00 CET

https://events.geant.org/event/1106/

April 2022Monday 25th April, 14:00-16:00 CET
June 2022Monday 27th June, 14:00-16:00 CET
September 2022Monday 19th September, 14:00-16:00 CET
November 2022Monday 21st November, 14:00-16:00 CET
The Task Force on Distributed Ledger Technologies - TF-DLT - is a working group within the GÉANT Community Programme, initiated in May 2021 with an initial 18-month lifespan. The group will explore the use of distributed ledger technologies and distributed identity, as well as Self Sovereign Identity (SSI) in the context of the research and the education community. This is a forum for gathering and exchanging experiences, ideas, knowledge and best practices, and for exploring related technologies, protocols and standards.

Proposed topics for future meetings:

Mihaly – ledger tech to mimic peer to peer/eduClaims

Franz on open badges

Who supports the wallet? And how does a user know they need to use it to add their permissions to it?

How likely is it that we will be able to zone in on a common commercial wallet solution? (to mitigate the risk that the user would have to navigate lots of different wallet apps!)

How do we avoid a complex landscape of trusted registries?

How open will the blockchain-hosted registries be? Could we in future find that commercials are using them in their for-profit solutions?


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