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TIER Community Contributor Spotlight: Rob Carter, Duke University

Dec 05, 2016, by Michael Zawacki
Tags: TIER, Trust & Identity

Rob Carter has worn a number of hats at Duke over the years, starting out in mainframe support. Since then he has spent quite a few years in various roles within different systems organizations inside central IT (including as IT Director with responsibility for a combined middleware/IDM/sysadmin group) before returning to the Identity Management group as an IDM architect. 

Duke was an early adopter of InCommon, several InCommon related services (such as the Certificate Service) as well as Shibboleth and Grouper. "I prefer not to even consider what our IT landscape might look like had we not adopted those core identity management components so long ago!" Rob says. "The impact of federated identity and the InCommon federation alone on both the R&S (Research & Scholarship) and administrative functions of the institution has been extensive. From a personal perspective, there’s seldom an hour that goes by without my work having something to do with a TIER component or an InCommon or Internet2-related service."

“The impact of federated identity and the InCommon federation alone on both the R&S and administrative functions of the institution has been extensive.”

Rob's involvement with Internet2's identity management community began with the MACE-paccman and  MACE-Directories working groups. He also participated in the CIFER project, which was a forerunner to TIER. Rob has presented at numerous panels in several community conferences on the subject of identity management and middleware. With the launch of TIER, Rob began work with the TIER Data Structures and API Working Group, and soon became a vital member of the team. In yet another significant area of work, Rob presented an impressive demo on the Consent-informed Attribute Release (CAR) service at the 2016 Internet2 Technology Exchange in Miami.

"We all have the same sense, I suspect, in Middleware that what we do is both crucial to the success of the institution and, at its best, entirely transparent," says Rob. "In my time here, I've seen electronic identity go from being something a handful of faculty in the hard sciences and the occasional social scientist and her graduate students cared about to being something that affects even the most mundane operations of every individual within the community."