​Overview of​ winners

The Community Awards, presented for the first time in 2012, are sponsored by the GÉANT project. This sponsorship provides administrative support, allowing the awards to be opened up to nominations from across the community and facilitates the selection of winners by a panel of judges.

   
The Community Awards are a sign of recognition for the individual efforts that make up our community collaborations. They are presented every year at TNC, the GÉANT community's flagship conference. 


 

​2017    2016​    2015​     2014 ​    ​​2013     2012

 

 

​2017 winners:

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Massimo Parovel - Music Conservatory G. Tartini, Trieste

for sharing with the community an idea that led to the development of the low latency audio-visual system known as LOLA


Massimo had the idea that performing artists should be able to interact in a natural way even if they are located thousands of kilometres apart, using the high-quality and very large bandwidth connectivity offered by research and education networks. By sharing this idea, it grew into a project, supported by the Tartini Conservatory of Music and by Consortium GARR in Italy, that resulted in the low latency audio-visual system known as LOLA. This exploits the R&E networks to almost obliterate network-related delay and variations, allowing remote real-time artistic collaborations. Now available worldwide, LOLA has been used for educational purposes, masterclasses and performances and other “spectacular demos” involving musicians, dancers and actors at various events including our own annual networking conference, TNC, and the annual Network Performing Arts Production Workshops.


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Tomasz Wolniewicz and Maja Górecka-Wolniewicz - Nicolaus Copernicus University Toruń / PSNC

for significant contributions throughout several years to work on the eduGAIN service infrastructure, the eduroam CAT tool, and other collaborative activities


Tomasz is the well-known ‘front man’ in this duo, but Maja is known to be doing a lot of the

background technical work in their long-term contributions to the eduGAIN service, eduroam CAT and other activities. The judges appreciated that the pair has been “relentless in trying to find solutions for things while keeping a low profile” and felt that TNC17 was a good time to thank them for all their hard work and commitment, especially as Tomasz has maintained this community work at the same level of intensity even after becoming CIO at the university where he works. Working strongly together as a team, the 2017 judges felt that a joint award was appropriate – the first time a joint Community Award has been given.


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Hannah Short - CERN

for significant contributions to important developments within the past 12 months through her leadership of work in the REFEDS and AARC project communities on ‘Sirtfi’


From the IT Department at CERN, Hannah coordinated collaborative effort across the REFEDS and AARC project communities on the development of a Security Incident Response Trust Framework for Federated Identity – ‘Sirtfi’ [pron: certify]. This enables the coordination of incident response across federated organisations and is a significant security development for the wider community. Although Hannah is a relative newcomer to the research and education networking community, her contribution has been significant, proving her to be "a very valuable addition". This is the first time that an award has been given in the category of ‘significant contributions to important developments within the past 12 months’.



2016 winners:

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John Dyer (GÉANT)

for an influential career in research and education networking.


John’s career included 10 years with the UK’s national research and education networking organisation JANET/UKERNA (now Jisc) and 20 years with the European R&E networking association now known as GÉANT. In the latter organisation, then known as TERENA, John became instrumental to the Task Force on Management of Service Portfolios (TF-MSP), led the ASPIRE foresight study, and produced the ‘Case for NRENs’ document that is still being actively cited around the world 7 years after its publication. The judges felt it was timely to thank John for all his contributions after he retired on 31 March 2016.

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Stanislav Šima (CESNET, Czech Republic)

for sharing many important ideas with the community.


During his long affiliation with the Czech national research and education networking organisation, CESNET, Stanislav had helped to establish, Stanislav designed the first optical network in Europe and came up with the idea of customer-empowered fibre networks, among other achievements. The panel of judges as a ‘significant contributor’ who had ‘started a lot of things in Europe’. With CESNET celebrating its 20th anniversary on home soil during TNC16, it was timely to posthumously honour Stanislav’s contributions; he passed away on 16th October 2015 so his award was presented to his family. 


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Scott Cantor (Ohio State University, InCommon)      

for long-term dedication to federated identity management.



Scott was commended for his special dedication to ensuring that the software behind federated identity management really worked, during many years of effort. He led and became almost synonymous with the Shibboleth project. Taking into account the major global impact of this area of work on mobility and access to online services, which have become increasingly vital in recent years, the judges recognised that although many contributors have played a role in developing this area, Scott’s contribution has been outstanding. 



​2015 winner:


Kent Engström (SUNET and Linköping University, Sweden)

for significant contributions to the Trusted Certificate Service (TCS).

 

 

​​​TCS helps to increase security in online transactions by facilitating the deployment of digital certificates. In 2009 the then TCS provider's web interface proved too complicated, so Kent programmed 'Djangora' on top of the secure API and then maintained it with new versions. Djangora was a vital part of the service for around six years. It was credited as the essential piece of software that made scaling up delivery of server certificates and code-signing certificates p​​ossible, and with turning out more than 100,000 certificates.

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​​​2014 winners:


Jan Meijer (UNINETT, N​​orway)

for sharing the idea of a file transport service for research and education, which developed into FileSender.

  

 

Jan's idea was discussed in the TERENA task force TF-Storage, which he also chaired, and then developed into the open-source FileSender software under Jan's leadership. By 2014, FileSender was deployed by almost 40 NRENs, institutions and other organisations around the world and November that year marked the fifth anniversary of the first FileSender release. There had been a steady growth in usage during those five years. New releases planned for 2014 would improve the speed of uploads and the protection of downloads, and add encryption and multi-file support.

 


Stefan Winter (RESTENA, Luxembourg)

for dedicated work in helping to develop the eduroam service and technology.

  

 

 

With roles in the GÉANT Project and the Task Force on Mobility and Network Middleware (TF-MNM), Stefan had led standardisation work, striven for federated solutions, and proposed and developed tools such as F-Ticks for statistics collection and CAT, the universal eduroam configuration tool. Stefan Winter is an author and co-author of several important Internet Drafts and RFCs that will lead the way for eduroam in the future. He also led a global community effort to understand the impact of Heartbleed, the Internet security issue, and to secure the eduroam RADIUS infrastructure from such attacks.

  

Karel Vietsch (TERENA)

for extraordinary dedication to the research and education networking community.

  

 

 In May 2013 Karel had received Dutch royal recognition for his outstanding contribution to research and education networking and the Internet in general, when he was appointed an Officer in the Order of Orange-Nassau. His work had influenced SURFnet, RIPE NCC, the European Networking Policy Group (ENPG), the Co-operation for Open Systems Interconnection Networking in Europe (COSINE), and the GÉANT Project, among others. The 2014 Community Awards judges wished to also acknowledge Karel's extraordinary dedication to the community, by honouring him posthumously, after he passed away on 23 February 2014. He had continued to provide information and support to the TERENA Secretariat staff and engaged with the wider community even while on sick leave. He further demonstrated his commitment by setting up the 'Vietsch Foundation' to help stimulate the research and education networking community in future.

  

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2013 winner​​​​:


Milan Sova (CESNET, Czech Republic)

for significant contributions to a wide range of community activities.

 

 

 

Milan was a much-respected community member and contributed over many years to the development of eduroam, PKI and federations worldwide, as well as being a highly valued contributor to the task forces TF-MNM and TF-EMC2 and to REFEDS and TCS. He was also a valuable member of several international working groups in TERENA, IGTF, EUGridPMA, OGF and the GÉANT Project. Within the Czech national research and education networking organisation, CESNET, he formed the Czech identity federation eduID.cz and the CA and eduroam services. In 2012 Milan joined the TNC Programme Committee and so should have been present as a session chair during the 2013 conference. Sadly however, he passed away unexpectedly on 31 December 2012. In a speech during the closing plenary session, Nicole Harris (GÉANT) shared some of the memories and anecdotes that community members had told her about Milan and presented a small gift to CESNET in memory of Milan and the contributions that he had made with the organisation’s support.

  

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2012 w​​inner:


Klaas Wierenga (Cisco)

for sharing the original idea for eduroam while employed at SURFnet, Netherlands.
 

 

 A celebration of eduroam's ten-year anniversary during TNC2012 gave special recognition for the role of Klaas, who had shared the original idea for eduroam in an email sent on 30 May 2012. He had been "getting annoyed by the fact that whenever I visited a university I had to register​ my wireless card or borrow one from the local IT department to get online." He realised that "there was no reason why visitors from SURFnet-connected institutions should not get access to the campus and SURFnet network" and, following some initial experimentation, he emailed his idea to experts from the wider European NREN community, who were participating in the Task Force on Mobility (now TF-MNM). Ten years on, eduroam® had become a significant player in the wireless access industry, had reached 54 territo​ries around the globe and was continuing to grow and develop.

 

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