Enabling the Have-Nots: Building the Identity Commodity Service

Over a decade ago, universities around the world began work on a very pressing problem: How do we connect the community together so that collaboration and discovery can flourish? The solution identified was the deployment of SAML-based identity federations. While much progress has been made, there are still thousands of institutions unable to fully participate in this new infrastructure. Recently, this has been made more acute by the increased pressure to enable research, scholarly, and pedagogical collaboration and cloud services access around the globe. To address the need for broad adoption, Internet2 and its member universities embarked on a comprehensive program in late 2014 to provide consistent identity components and identity-as-a-service options enabling institutions to engage at varying levels of adoption which best serve their constituencies..The program is called Trust and Identity in Education and Research (TIER). This session provides an overview of what a Research and Higher Education "Identity Service" might look like and how the TIER program coordinates with partners to enable global access. The attached abstract, “The Case for TIER” is a summary view of the genesis of and general thinking regarding how the program could take shape based on early assumptions mid-2014. The associated roadmap takes into consideration the state of the software / technology landscape as of the same timeframe.

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