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Shibboleth Consortium’s New Membership Category Benefits Higher Education Institutions with Multiple Campuses

Posted on Aug 28, 2018 by Sara Aly
Tags: Frontpage News, Higher Education, Identity & Access, Identity Federation, Identity Management, Recent Posts, Shibboleth, Trust & Identity

Significant cost savings for eligible academic institutions sharing the open source federated identity solution across their campuses


BRISTOL, England, August 28, 2018 – The Shibboleth Consortium, a non-profit organization that ensures the ongoing development, support and maintenance of the Shibboleth software, announced today the introduction of a single membership category for academic institutions with more than one campus.

The new multi-site academic category costs €25,000 and all campuses within an academic organization are represented under a single membership.

“There are many universities with multiple campuses who share a single Shibboleth-based system, where each campus joining individually creates duplicate administrative overhead and is too expensive,” said consortium manager Justin Knight. “Introducing the multi-site tier to the membership structure will be particularly beneficial for universities with five or more campuses as it will introduce a significant cost saving to their membership, whilst ensuring that all users across the campuses continue to benefit from using Shibboleth’s federated identity management solution.”

Federated identity management allows owners of shared online services and resources to only manage their users, while trusting that the credentials of users from other institutions accessing these services are accurate. What distinguishes Shibboleth from other software products in this field is its adherence to standards and its ability to provide single sign-on support to services outside of a user's organization while still protecting their privacy.

Every software component of Shibboleth is free and open source. Through membership fees, the consortium is able to continue to develop and maintain the Shibboleth software, support standardization efforts, provide user support and training, and add more of the features being requested by the Shibboleth community.

In 2017, the Shibboleth Consortium introduced a new operational model that ensures dedicated consortium member support by the core software development team. As a result of this change, the consortium’s membership continues to grow, most notably with members from higher education.

The Shibboleth project began as a Middleware activity in 2000 by the Internet2 community with instrumental support from the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the U.S., and was quickly adopted by research and education communities worldwide with the first official release in 2003. It allows sites to make informed authorization decisions for individual access of protected online resources in a privacy-preserving manner.

The Shibboleth Consortium now consists of four principal members, 14 national research and education networks, 21 academic and non-profit members, as well as three commercial members and three commercial partners from North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Oceania.

Jisc, provider of the United Kingdom's national research and education network, is the operator of the Shibboleth Consortium and one of the principal members along with Internet2, NORDUnet, and the Swiss national research and education network (SWITCH).

About Shibboleth Consortium
The Shibboleth Consortium is the body which ensures the ongoing development, support and maintenance of the Shibboleth software. It is comprised of members who contribute financially at varying levels depending on size and type of organisation. Jisc, provider of the United Kingdom's national research and education network, is the operator of the consortium, responsible for its day-to-day management. For more information, visit

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Sara Aly