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TIER Community Resources


A quick look at the path to testing and adopting TIER.

TIER Working Groups

TIER’s success depends on community support, ideas, and efforts. Much of the work is done through community working groups including:

  • TIER Packaging

  • TIER Data Structures and APIs

  • TIER Security and Audit

  • TIER Entity Registry

  • TIER Component Architects

  • TIER Ad Hoc Advisory Group

  • TIER Community Investor Council (TCIC)


InCommon offers Shibboleth Installation Workshops, focusing on Shibboleth Identity Provider v3, and including the latest versino of the Service Provider.

Internet2 provides a number of Grouper online training videos and examples of community contributions.

Partnerships Supporting TIER

  • GÉANT - providing eduGAIN, the global interfederation service used by InCommon
  • UNICON -  assisting with the implementation and deployment of the Community Identity Provider
  • Spherical Cow Group - leading the development of the COmanage Registry and co-chairing the TIER Entity Registry Working Group
  • Levvel.IO - assisting with the Docker integration
  • Docker - providing the container platform
  • Shibbleth Consortium - ensures the ongoing development, support and maintenance of the Shibboleth software


TIER newsletters

Newsletters are linked in righthand column of this page

TIER Webinars and Presentations


  • An extensive community process developed the requirements for the TIER program. During 2015, CIOs and identity architects from more than 40 campuses attended one of three workshops held to determine these requirements. Each campus put forth the top two use cases and all attending campuses voted on priorities. After sorting the top stories into themes, this process yielded the requirements for TIER. Here are three relevant documents:
  • Internet2 trust, identity and middleware work, including the development of Grouper and COmanage, has been supported in part by grants from the National Science Foundation.