Attributes Working Group Provides Wide-Ranging Recommendations
By Brad Christ, CIO, Eastern Washington University and Chair, Attributes for Collaboration and Federation Working Group
The principle charge of the Attributes for Collaboration and Federation Working Group has been to examine the reasons for low participation in the Research and Scholarship Entity Category (R&S) and to provide recommendations on how to substantially raise participation from about 30% of InCommon members to 85% or more. After an extensive data gathering and outreach process, the Working Group has provided the following draft recommendations:
- Rebrand R&S to lessen confusion about its purpose
- InCommon should build a bigger tent, reaching out through organizations like EDUCAUSE
- Improve R&S-related documentation to make it easier to find and easier to act on
- InCommon should add IdP as a service
- Engage funding agencies, encouraging the use of R&S through grant making
- InCommon should remove the legacy “InCommon-only” R&S Category
- Add more researchers to Internet2 and InCommon governance bodies, increasing the diversity of voices advocating for efforts like R&S
- InCommon needs to better serve Service Providers
- Make R&S attribute release the default policy for InCommon
Our community consultation just recently concluded, providing us with many great suggestions. Thank you to everyone who attended our session at the Internet2 Global Summit and reviewed the draft report. Although the consultation has closed, you can see the latest version of the report and comments on the wiki.
The Attributes Working Group will now reconvene to review feedback and incorporate any changes before releasing the final report and recommendations later this year. We’re currently planning a session at Internet2's Technology Exchange this fall, where we’ll conclude the efforts of the working group. We hope that you’ll be able to join us.