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R&S IdPs that support global R&S are shown in green on the Entity Categories info page.

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

More info for prospective R&S IdPs: Research and Scholarship for IdPs (old)

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:

  1. Release the R&S attribute bundle to all R&S SPs, including R&S SPs in other federations

  2. 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!

The R&S category benefits all organizations, even those organizations whose primary mission is not research. The R&S category includes generally useful collaborative services (such as wikis and file sharing services) that benefit all users, including students, faculty, and staff at colleges and universities of all sizes.

Migrate to Global Research & Scholarship

More info for existing R&S IdPs: Migrating an IdP to Global Research and 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

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