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TIER Developers and Working Group Members Collaborate Face-to-Face in Chicago in May 2016

Jun 17, 2016, by Emily Eisbruch
Tags: 2016 Global Summit, TIER, Trust & Identity, Trust and Identity in Education and Research

A month after the first release of the TIER software, TIER developers and working group members participated in a productive face-to-face meeting the day after the Internet2 Global Summit in Chicago. The May 19 meeting included 35 participants representing campuses, regional networks, industry partners, and Internet2 staff. Goals for the meeting were: 

  • Help set the course for TIER for the next 6-12 months
  • Foster cross working group relationships
  • Enable working groups to discuss cross team issues

"The TIER meeting was a great opportunity to meet and work together face-to-face with members of all of the teams involved in the TIER project," said Harry Samuels, Northwestern University. "I was especially struck by the deep expertise that has been brought together for this project and re-charged by the experience." 

The meeting began with a warm welcome and expression of appreciation from Steve Zoppi, Internet2 AVP, Services Integration and Architecture, and Ann West Internet2 AVP, Trust & Identity. Each of the TIER working group chairs then provided a summary of their working group’s goals, recent activities, and upcoming needs from the other working groups.  

With a nod to the Unconference tradition of creating an on-the-spot agenda, Tom Barton, University of Chicago, led the group in brainstorming topics that would be suitable for breakout sessions during the 10am-11:30am time slot. The topics that garnered the most interest were TIER Measurement and TIER Reference Architecture. Breakout group on those topics were led by Steve Zoppi and Tom Jordan, University of Wisconsin-Madison respectively.

Notes for the overall sessions and from the two breakouts are available.

Action items coming out of the meeting were to continue to advance the work around measurement and reference architecture. There was unanimous agreement that future face-to-face meetings for TIER developers and working group members would be helpful to the TIER project. The next face-to-face is being planned for the 2016 Technology Exchange in Miami, in September 2016. Meanwhile the TIER working groups continue their important work on conference calls and video calls. Information on the TIER working groups is also available.

A productive face-to-face TIER Developers and Working Group Members meeting was held in Chicago on May 19, 2016.

A productive face-to-face TIER Developers and Working Group Members meeting was held in Chicago on May 19, 2016.

Human networking was an important part of the May 19 face-to-face TIER meeting.

Human networking was an important part of the May 19 face-to-face TIER meeting.