Working paper Open Access
Federations are multi-organizational alliances designed to achieve mutually agreed objectives. Federations can be an effective way to deliver coordinated IT services particularly in support of public good objectives. Organizational principles and best practices of federations are described, as well as mechanisms for technical and service organization and coordination. The use of federated IT service structures to enable effective cloud-to-edge integration as well as secure access, sharing and analysis of distributed data is also described.