Developing Appropriate Research Services for Kenyan Researchers
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Emerging African National Research and Education Network build and maintain advanced broadband networks that interconnect universities and research institutes1. The NRENs not only provide basic Internet and shared services but are also considered part of the national innovation and research system in some African countries2. In order to achieve their mandates, emerging NRENs must develop appropriate research services for users in research universities and research institutes3. This paper will describe the initial community cloud based research services that KENET has been providing as well the new advanced research services that will leverage on European and African research infrastructures accessed through NRENs. The paper will describe the ongoing work of establishing and operating a KENET Certificate Authority and an identity provider that will allow Kenyan researchers to access the African Grid Science Gateway and other high performance computing facilities in Africa and Europe. This means that Kenyan researchers and doctoral students will have access to advanced research labs and facilities from any of the connected campuses. The paper will describe the ongoing work of promoting the use of these infrastructures by the Kenyan academic community and building the specialized technical capacity within KENET for supporting these new advanced services.