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TIER Community Resources


A quick look at the path to testing and adopting TIER.

TIER Campus Success Program

The TIER (Trust and Identity in Education and Research) Campus Success Program will include a diverse group of higher education institutions committed to adopting and deploying the TIER software components and helping to accelerate adoption for the rest of the trust and identity community. Internet2 has issued a Call for Proposals for campuses interested in taking advantage of the Campus Success Program, which will benefit both the individual campus and the community. For details, please see the wiki.

TIER Working Groups

TIER’s success depends on community support, ideas, and efforts. Much of the work is done through community working groups including:

  • TIER Packaging

  • TIER Data Structures and APIs

  • TIER Security and Audit

  • TIER Entity Registry

  • TIER Component Architects

  • TIER Ad Hoc Advisory Group
 (completed its work in 2017)
  • TIER Community Investor Council (TCIC)


InCommon offers Shibboleth Installation Workshops, focusing on Shibboleth Identity Provider v3, and including the latest versino of the Service Provider.

Internet2 provides a number of Grouper online training videos and examples of community contributions.

Partnerships Supporting TIER

  • GÉANT - providing eduGAIN, the global interfederation service used by InCommon
  • UNICON -  assisting with the implementation and deployment of the Community Identity Provider
  • Spherical Cow Group - leading the development of the COmanage Registry and co-chairing the TIER Entity Registry Working Group
  • Levvel.IO - assisting with the Docker integration
  • Docker - providing the container platform
  • Shibbleth Consortium - ensures the ongoing development, support and maintenance of the Shibboleth software


TIER newsletters

Newsletters are linked in righthand column of this page

TIER Webinars and Presentations


  • An extensive community process developed the requirements for the TIER program. During 2015, CIOs and identity architects from more than 40 campuses attended one of three workshops held to determine these requirements. Each campus put forth the top two use cases and all attending campuses voted on priorities. After sorting the top stories into themes, this process yielded the requirements for TIER. Here are three relevant documents:
  • Internet2 trust, identity and middleware work, including the development of Grouper and COmanage, has been supported in part by grants from the National Science Foundation. 

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TIER Newsletters

2017: JanFebMarAprMay/Jun
2016: DecNovSepAugJulJunMayMarFebJan
2015: DecNovSep