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Trust and Identity October Updates

Oct 12, 2016, by Dean Woodbeck
Tags: InCommon, TIER, Trust & Identity, Trust and Identity in Education and Research

Here are the Internet2 Trust and Identity Highlights for the month of October.

The InCommon Assurance Advisory Committee (AAC) has finalized “Baseline Expectations for Trust in Federation,” which documents expectations for identity providers, service providers, and the federation operator. These are intended to increase trust in the federation and improve interoperability. The AAC has presented the document to the InCommon Steering Committee for approval, and is working on a plan for operationalizing this work.

More than 100 community members tuned in to the latest Trust and Identity Solution Providers webinar, with Unicon and UCLA providing information about how UCLA uses the Shibboleth and Grouper software to meet its identity and access management needs. Slides and a recording are available online.

The September 2016 TIER Newsletter includes an introduction to the TIER reference architecture—a graphical way to describe the functional components of TIER and how they interrelate. You’ll also see an update on governance from Klara Jelinkova (chair of InCommon Steering and the TIER Community Investor Council), and a contributor spotlight on Michael Hodges from the University of Hawaii.

After a community review period that resulted in just a few comments, InCommon will consider its plan to move forward on a proof of concept of its Steward Program, a scalable way to extend federated identity to K-14. InCommon and MCNC, the North Carolina research and education network, will work together on the proof of concept for the rest of the academic year.

The size of the metadata aggregate continues to grow due to integration with eduGAIN, and so InCommon has moved a new metadata aggregate into production. The aggregate contains only information about identity providers, which will reduce the size and allow for more efficiency for service provider deployments. Details are available on the InCommon wiki.

The Trust and Identity track at the 2016 Technology Exchange was lively and full of well-attended sessions with much community engagement. One highlight was the Advance CAMP, an unconference where the agenda is built on the spot, with attendees pitching topics and then engaging in 45 breakout sessions over a day and a half. Results of this community-driven process can be seen online.

InCommon now has 885 participants. In September and October, we welcomed the following higher education institutions: Cerritos Community College District, Christopher Newport University, Cleveland State University, Dickinson College, Fordham University,  Guilford College, Macalester College, Mansfield University of Pennsylvania, Southern Connecticut State University, Southwestern Community College District, Union Institute and University, the United States Naval Academy, and the University of North Georgia. We have also welcomed these sponsored partners: Research Research, Technolutions, The HistoryMakers, TIAA, TreeTop Commons, and Upland Software.