Blog from November, 2015

InCommon would like your opinion!  We have created a survey about the InCommon Certificate Service and we are interested in your feedback.

The InCommon Certificate Service is unique in that it was designed by higher education for higher-education and, as such, strives to provide value to you – our higher-ed participants – unlike any other similar service.  It has been in operation for just over 5 years and we wanted to take this opportunity to solicit your feedback about what the service should look like in the future.

While most of the questions are about use of the Certificate Service, there are also a few questions for non-subscribers, so if you are one of those, we are interested in your feedback as well.

So, please take a few minutes and let us know what you think about the InCommon Certificate Service.  It is a brief survey and will only take a few minutes of your time.

The survey is located here:  and will be open until the end of the day on Sunday, December 6th.  A reminder email will also be sent on Monday, November 30.

InCommon’s Future: Interfederation, K-12, and Changing Demographics

IAM Online – Tuesday, December 8, 2015
4 pm ET / 3 pm CT / 2 pm MT / 1 pm PT

You’ve recently heard about InCommon’s plan for international interfederation, but that is not the only change in the works for 2016. Pilots involving K-12 involvement are expected to move to production. And InCommon will explore the potential for new services and support options, given the changing demographics of InCommon participants.

Join us for this IAM Online to hear about how InCommon is changing and how that might affect you and your organization. Topics will include:

  • The changing mix of InCommon participants
  • InCommon Goes Global - how interfederation expands opportunities for participants
  • Incorporating K-12 - working with state research and education networks to broaden federation and trust opportunities
  • Plans for the future - using the data and the reports of recent working groups to plot the course for InCommon services and support


Klara Jelinkova, InCommon Steering Chair, VP and CIO at Rice University
Ann West, Associate Vice President, Trust and Identity, Internet2


We use Adobe Connect for slide sharing and audio: For more details, including back-up phone bridge information, see

About IAM Online

IAM Online is a monthly online education series brought to you by Internet2’s InCommon community and the EDUCAUSE Higher Education Information Security Council (HEISC).

New and Updated Federation Manager Will Support Interfederation Implementation

InCommon Operations has deployed a number of new or updated user interfaces to the Federation Manager:

1) A new user interface for IdP operators to self-assert membership in the Hide From Discovery Category

2) An updated user interface to manage Requested Attributes in SP metadata

3) Two new user interfaces for Metadata Export, one for IdPs and one for SPs

Note: InCommon Operations will begin exporting metadata at scale to eduGAIN on February 15, 2016. At that time, all IdP metadata will be exported by default. All SPs that have explicitly opted in will be exported as well. Site Administrators choose whether or not to include their metadata in the Export Aggregate via the user interfaces mentioned above. You can do that any time between now and February 15.

InCommon Webinar: Introduction to Interfederation

Monday, Nov. 16, 2015
2 pm ET | 1 pm CT | Noon MT | 11 am PT

As you may be aware, InCommon is moving toward interfederation, by joining eduGAIN. This will have an impact on all InCommon participants that make use of the federation

What is interfederation? Why is InCommon participating in eduGAIN? What are the benefits for my organization? What should I consider as I determine whether to participate? We'll answer these and other questions, and provide an overview of interfederation in the context of InCommon and your organization.


Tracy Futhey, Vice President for Information Technology and CIO, Duke University

Scott Koranda, Lead Architect, LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory)

Ann West, Associate Vice President Trust and Identity, Internet2


We will use Adobe Connect for slide sharing and audio:

Please note that we have a capacity of 200 seats in the Adobe Connect room. The webinar will be recorded for later viewing.

Back-up Phone Bridge

If you have problems with Adobe Connect or aren’t near your computer, use our back-up phone bridge:


(734) 615-7474, or

(866) 411-0013 (toll-free in US and Canada)

PIN: 0116480#

Register Now for InCommon Shibboleth Installation Workshop in Durham, North Carolina

February 4-5, 2016
MCNC - Durham, NC

Registration is open for the InCommon Shibboleth Installation Workshop, February 4-5, 2016, at the MCNC offices in Durham, North Carolina. This two-day training session covers both the Identity Provider and Service Provider software, as well as some integration issues. The IdP portion of the workshop is based on the new IdPv3.

Shibboleth has changed and we will focus the training sessions on people who wish to learn about and eventually deploy the new version. Those interested in upgrading from v2.x will also find value, but we will mainly cover IdPv3 as an independent topic to ensure we deliver the clearest content possible. Here is what you can expect:

  • A two-day, directed self-paced workshop

  • Hands-on installation of the identity provider and service provider software

  • Experienced trainers providing overviews and one-on-one help 

  • Discussions on configuration and suggested practices for federation

  • Attendance is limited to 40

The workshops will offer the chance to:

  • Install a prototype Shibboleth identity or service provider in a virtual machine environment

  • Discuss how to configure and running the software in production

  • Learn about integration with other identity management components such as LDAP and selected service providers

Knowledge of identity management concepts and related implementation experience is strongly recommended. Organizations are encouraged to send one or two attendees who best represent the following functions:

  • System install, integration, and ongoing support staff

  • Campus technology architects

For more information and a link to register, go to

To learn more about Shibboleth, see the Shibboleth wiki ( More information on federated identity can be found at