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TIER Governance Meetings at the 2016 Internet2 Technology Exchange

Sep 19, 2016, by Meredith Lovelace
Tags: TIER, Trust & Identity, Trust and Identity in Education and Research

Klara Jelinkova  by Klara Jelinkova, VP & CIO of Rice University and Chair of the TIER Community Investor Council

From the TIER Community Investor Council

Dear TIER Community:

As you read this, the 2016 Internet2 Technology Exchange is just a couple of days away. TechEx offers one of two opportunities during the year for face-to-face community conversations, as well as in-person meetings of our governance and advisory groups, including the InCommon Steering Committee and the TIER Community Investor Council (TCIC). These two groups, which will have a joint meeting we informally call “identity morning,” have governance responsibility over InCommon and the TIER investor funds, respectively.

“Identity morning” takes place Monday, September 26. One of our main agenda items is to discuss short- and long-term business models for Internet2’s Trust and Identity division (which is led by Vice President Kevin Morooney). Since the Internet2 board adopted a budget last month for FY17, our discussions can become more concrete.

We will also discuss a permanent governance structure for Trust and Identity. This structure involves the creation of an overall Trust and Identity PAG (Program Advisory Group), which will align our governance with those of other divisions within Internet2. This will allow for long-term advocacy and visibility of Trust and Identity goals within Internet2 and its Board of Trustees.

Immediately following our September 26 meeting, Steering and the TCIC will share the topics and results of our deliberations with representatives from all TIER investor schools. We will also talk about the next TIER release and the workbench concept that is informing the development and operations for the TIER software components. On Thursday, September 29, the TIER architects and working group members will conclude the TechEX meeting with a three-hour session aimed at improving coordination among all of the components.

By necessity, our community makes extensive use of email, conference calls, and video meetings to get our work done. These face-to-face meetings not only provide an opportunity to meet face-to-face (which is always nice!), but serve as benchmarks in our community and development calendars. We’ve made a lot of progress since the release of the initial TIER software package last spring. We intend to have release 2 specifics available at TechEx, while making plans for the ongoing development of this important project. Our next phases will focus on adoption, documentation, and continuous improvement and integration.

The TIER Community Investor Council (TCIC)