InCommon to Welcome 900th Participant
Sometime in early December (perhaps even as you read this), InCommon will welcome its 900th participant.
The breakdown of InCommon participation looks like this (approximately):
- 67% higher education
- 30% sponsored partners
- 3% government and non-profit labs and research agencies
Compare this to seven years ago (2009), when higher ed was 79% of the total and sponsored partners comprised just 19%. During this time span, considering raw numbers, sponsored partners have gone from 35 to 260 (at the same time, higher ed has risen from 149 to just over 600). This is quite a change in both the size and the demographics of InCommon.
These statistics tell part of the story. Another is the shift in the size of the organizations that comprise InCommon. Today just under 50% of InCommon participants are in Level 4 of our fee structure -- the smallest -- compared to 25% in 2009.
This helps explain why InCommon has undertaken a comprehensive survey to determine both perceptions of the organization and the gaps in service offerings and support. The survey is still underway and we thank those who have taken the time to respond.
This also helps to explain the need for TIER (Trust and Identity in Education and Research), an initiative launched by Internet2 and the trust and identity community last spring to develop both a software suite and set of common campus practices. This effort will result in an identity and access management suite that is easier to install and configure, with Shibboleth and Grouper at its center. At the same time, developing common campus practices will enhance both federated identity and security.
So thank you to our community for their time and talents, and thank you to the newest InCommon participants that have driven us to 900. You can see the full list at incommon.org/participants - the list of new participants in October and November includes:
- Appalachian State University
- Baptist Health System of Health Professions
- Bentley University
- Ohlone Community College District
- SUNY College of Optometry
- Union College
- University of Southern Mississippi
- University of Toledo
- Wichita State University
- 3D Control Systems
- Center for Open Science
- Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative Program (CITI)