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Celebrating First Anniversary of Joining eduGAIN! CARSI Sees 25-fold Increase of Users for its Highlighted Services


On May 24, 2020, CARSI (CERNET Authentication and Resource Sharing Infrastructure) celebrated the first anniversary of becoming a participant of eduGAIN, a global inter-federations. CARSI was officially approved to join eduGAIN after over ten years of development by Peking University Computer Center’s CARSI team and two years of negotiations with the European eduGAIN management authority.

This year, CARIS shifted from providing project-based services to providing product-based services, entering the stage of internationalized service, self-helping process, standardized management, and automatic operation and maintenance. Since the explosion of coronavirus epidemic, CARSI universities increased from 22 to 563 in number, registering an increase of 2,559%. 412 out of those 563 institutions have launched their online services. Excelling out among the 68 official members of eduGAIN, CARSI becomes the third largest NREN(National Research and Education Network) federation headquartered beyond Britain and the USA.

As a participant of eduGAIN, CARSI adopts a new operation mode, supporting universities and service providers in such aspects as application submission, making known the debugging progress, acquiring assistance for debugging, launching IdP/SP online, monitoring the service operation status. The system management is achieved in a self-helping manner. Due to the coronavirus epidemic in the early spring of 2020, teaching and research activities in higher education institutions were chiefly realized online. Teachers and students have soaring demands for a remote access to electronic resources. The technology-related accumulation it has made played a major role then. Peking University Computer Center launched simplified application procedures for universities and service providers, publishing quicker installation package, detailed technical guides, and the establishment of technology, services, operation and maintenance teams, etc., in response to the sudden increase in IdP deployment needs for universities and SP deployment needs for resource providers. The debugging and online time had been shortened. During the two months since the outbreak of the epidemic, it helped over 300 universities to obtain rapid access to that service. Up to 20 universities steped into online in a single day. As of May 2020, it had benefited 29 provinces (autonomous regions and municipalities) except Xinjiang and Tibet. Its current university users include nearly 80% of “double first-rate” universities and nearly 460 other universities, colleges and schools. From the perspective of service monitoring, the IdP for universities is running smoothly, with a normal service rate of 99%. The total number of visits is on the increase, and users are becoming more and more active with nearly 350,000 daily visits.

According to statistics, over 50 service providers have applied to join the CARSI; among them, 34, including Clarivate Analytics, Elsevier, SpringerNature, IEEE, RSC, CNKI, Wanfang Data, have officially launched online services. CARSI mainly provides electronic resources in the libraries, involving such areas as high-performance computing, patent resource data, data on global scientific research projects, multimedia teaching resources, and financial data, covering over 100 resource products, and encompassing over 190,000 electronic journals, over 10,000 experiment videos, over 1.7 million e-books and textbooks, over 13 million dissertations, over 300 million patents, and over 1 billion pieces of data resources. CARSI has supported college teachers and students in their access to authorized Internet applications anytime anywhere, and explored and verified the resource sharing model based on authentic identity, thereby having guaranteed teaching and research activities at universities during the special period.

As more and more universities and service providers join CARSI, CARSI will play an increasingly important role as a bridge in communications as it helps to promote resource sharing and the capability to make breakthroughs in scientific research, boost the in-depth cooperation between universities and service providers, make them more influential in the society, and provide key technical support for constructing a mutually beneficial development ecosystem. Bearing in mind its original aspiration, the CARSI service team committed to innovation will work with universities and service providers to jointly open up a road leading to the co-building, sharing and co-governance of resources in a sustainable way.