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Accomplishments and Plans from the TIER API and Registries Working Group

Jan 14, 2017, by Meredith Lovelace
Tags: Trust & Identity, Trust and Identity in Education and Research

by Keith Hazelton (University of Wisconsin-Madison) and Warren Curry (University of Florida)

It’s our pleasure to provide an update on the TIER API and Registries working groups’ recent accomplishments and near-term work plan going into 2017.

While we cannot adequately recognize each individual that has and continues to contribute to the efforts of the working groups, we would like to thank the following institutions: Boston College, Duke, Lafayette, Northwestern, Old Dominion, Oregon State, Penn State, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Rice, Temple, University of California, University of Florida, University of Hawaii, University of Pennsylvania, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, University of Washington, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

High Level Team Accomplishments for 2016

  • A first-generation demonstration workbench for TIER and hybrid end-to-end solution architectures for common IAM-supported scenarios
  • A set of group and membership APIs in RESTful style, a Grouper-based implementation and full API documentation in Swagger
  • The TIER Reference Architecture including associated use cases provided from a variety of Institutions
  • A stylebook to guide work on additional TIER APIs
  • Adoption of SCIM approaches to provisioning, deprovisioning and schema engineering
  • Adoption of the ConnId connector framework for last-step integration with applications and services

TIER API team shares TIER developments

(Above) The TIER API team demonstrated their work at the 2016 Technology Exchange in Miami

Next Up

  • Documentation of full models for provisioning and deprovisioning, demonstrable solutions for real-world service provisioning challenges
  • Design and implementation of solutions to IAM challenges leveraging event-driven, asynchronous messaging infrastructure
  • Access management and control models that are conceptually simple but broadly applicable; APIs for policy definition, decisions and enforcement
  • Requirements and designs for orchestration including workflow and rule-driven business processes.

Thanks again to all who continue to contribute to all of the TIER working group efforts!

TIER relies heavily on working groups to get the community portion of the work done, involving more than 100 active, contributing individuals from the community. These teams, together with Internet2 contracted partners and staff, work to ensure complete and comprehensive software and practices development, documentation, partner engagement, and campus engagement. We also thank the 49 TIER investor institutions and all Internet2 members for their support.