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TIER 2016 in Review

Dec 05, 2016, by Meredith Lovelace
Tags: TIER, Trust & Identity

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

First, we'd like to wish you happy holidays and thank you for your support over the last year. As we near the end of 2016, it is a good time to review the achievements of Trust and Identity, including TIER.

  • InCommon moved to global interfederation by supporting eduGAIN.
  • TIER community, staff and contractors will have made two releases available. 
  • With new VP for Trust and Identity Kevin Morooney we focused this year on sustainability. We wanted to make sure that Trust and Identity at Internet2 are on a good path toward ongoing, realizable and sustainable services we can depend on. These goals do not only need excellent underlying technology but also financial commitment.
  • To that end inCommon Steering reviewed the needs to improve the security and reliability of the InCommon operations and voted to modestly increase the dues. The dues increase is less than $1,800 per campus. For many it is significantly less. These funds will help us shore up operations of the federation and help us influence much needed improvements in Shibboleth software the federation operations rely on. We appreciate your support as we undertake these changes.

One last action that InCommon Steering will consider is how to make the reliability of our interactions more predictable within the federation. This will involve reviewing a proposal for shared baseline expectations. These expectations include each participant having a basic set of operating standards and reviews that can be shared with others. This is an important step toward shared practices which are one of the key components of TIER. I will write more about this topic in a future blog.

We continue to ready ourselves for further TIER releases and to encourage more campuses to test and provide feedback by the end of this year. The TCIC and Internet2 staff would consider feedback on releases a marvelous holiday gift!