Does your Identity Provider (IdP) support the Research & Scholarship Category of services in the InCommon Federation? If so, read on to find out how to migrate your IdP to global Research & Scholarship. If your IdP does not yet support the Research & Scholarship category, the following section shows you how.
Support Research & Scholarship
An IdP that supports the Research & Scholarship (R&S) category automatically releases the R&S Attribute Bundle to R&S SPs, that is, SPs tagged with the R&S entity attribute. These SPs have been vetted by InCommon to meet the requirements of R&S as outlined on the Research & Scholarship for SPs wiki page.
To support the R&S category, an IdP operator has at least two configuration options:
Release the R&S attribute bundle to all R&S SPs, including R&S SPs in other federations
Release the R&S attribute bundle to R&S SPs registered by InCommon only
In either case, all that’s required is a one-time change to your IdP’s attribute release policy. For more info about R&S, visit our wiki: Research and Scholarship for IdPs (old)
R&S is for ALL users!
Migrate to Global Research & Scholarship
Today more than 100 InCommon IdPs support the Research & Scholarship (R&S) category. If your IdP supports R&S, we invite you to migrate to global R&S, that is, release attributes to all R&S SPs, including R&S SPs in other federations.
To migrate an existing R&S IdP to global R&S, the IdP operator makes a small, one-time change to their IdP configuration to recognize the refeds.org R&S entity attribute value. Since all R&S SPs (in all federations) meet the requirements of the REFEDS R&S Entity Category specification, an IdP configured to recognize the refeds.org R&S tag releases attributes to all R&S SPs, including R&S SPs in other federations.
An IdP configuration SHOULD NOT rely on the incommon.org R&S tag
If you are unable to support global R&S at this time, we strongly advise you to update your IdP configuration anyway since the use of the legacy incommon.org R&S tag to control attribute release is deprecated. Eventually the legacy incommon.org R&S tag will be removed from SP metadata. See the wiki topic linked below for more information.
For more info about global R&S, visit our wiki: Migrating an IdP to Global Research and Scholarship