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InCommon Baseline Expectations in Effect: What You Can Expect Now

Jun 15, 2018, by Ann West
Tags: InCommon, Recent Posts

As of June 15, InCommon Baseline Expectations for Trust in Federation are officially in effect and are now reflected in the InCommon Participation Agreement, the legal and foundational document for InCommon trust.

This is one more milestone as the community moves to improve trust and interoperability in the federation. Over the next several months, InCommon governance groups and staff will provide communications, guidance, and assistance for organizations working to meet the expectations.

In general, here is what you can expect:

  • Continuing Communications: We will provide regular communications, including monthly metadata health checks and guidance from the InCommon Community Trust and Assurance Board.
  • Learning About Your Challenges: InCommon staff are contacting organizations that are not meeting Baseline Expectations (BE) to learn more about why and expected timeframes.
  • Developing Final Transition Plan: With this information, we will work with the InCommon Community Trust and Assurance Board to develop a schedule for final adherence to Baseline Expectations and promote that plan in September. Outcomes will likely include a final date for meeting the expectations.
  • Peer-to-Peer Engagement: Community members can contact their federating partners (or others) that have yet to meet the expectations. We’ll start publishing the list of who does and doesn’t meet BE later this summer.
  • Evolving Baseline Expectations: You’ll see resources and explanations for new processes, including the community consensus process and dispute resolution process.

Since February, InCommon operations has sent monthly metadata “health checks” to those in the roles of InCommon Site Administrator and InCommon Executive. The health checks let those individuals know which elements are missing from their metadata and thus are preventing that entity from meeting the Baseline Expectations.

Thanks to cooperation from site administrators, the health checks are working and more organizations are meeting the expectations. You can see the results in the graphs below.

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The latest version of the InCommon Federation Manager (which is used by site admins to manage their organizations’ systems registered in InCommon) now includes messages that strongly encourage including all of the required Baseline Expectation information.

This is a huge project for the community, requiring significant cooperation and communication. Both the staff and the governance groups see their roles as helping participants meet the expectations, and clarifying any questions or issues. I invite you to contact me, or anyone on the Community Trust and Assurance Board (email or InCommon/Internet2 staff, if you have any questions.