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Thursday, August 13, 2020


Attending: Mark Rank, Mary McKee, Eric Kool-Brown, Janemarie Duh, Matthew Brookover, Keith Wessel, Judith Bush, Heather Flanagan, Eric Goodman

With:  Dean Woodbeck, Nic Roy, Ian Young, Shannon Roddy, David Bantz, IJ Kim, Johnny Lasker, Kevin Morooney, Albert Wu, Jessica Fink, David Walker, Dave Shafer, Steve Zoppi, Ann West

Intellectual Property Reminder - All Internet2 activities are governed by the Internet2 Intellectual Property Framework.

Public Content Notice - TAC minutes are public documents. Please let the TAC and note taker know if you plan to discuss something of a sensitive nature.

T&I and Ops Updates

New InCommon Federation Operations staff: Johnny Lasker - Sr. Service Integration Engineer; previously a senior operations mgr at EDUCAUSE

UMBC IdP metadata publishing issue - UMBC IdP outage in metadata; unintentional deletion of metadata. The link is to an after-action report. Have introduced a safety check after the signing process. Will also do a code change that will enable additional testing prior to publishing metadata

Updates on MDA upgrades - AWS had a version change that necessitated updating the MDA. Going to enable filtering on large logo element.

Virtual CAMP and ACAMP scheduled November 16-20

    1. Call for participation will be sent Monday, Aug. 17
    2. CAMP proposal submission form
    3. Schedule still in draft form - but CAMP is Nov 16-17 and ACAMP is Nov 18-20
    4. Looking at various tools to increase interactivity.

International Update

The TF-IAM group met at a virtual APAN meeting last week. The three-day conference featured updates from the APAC-region federations as well as training via the iFIRE program. Sessions were not recorded (though if that’s incorrect, I’ll send an update with the links).

REFEDS working groups are in the usual summer slow down. That said, SIRTFI, Federation 2.0, and Assurance are still having regular meetings. The REFEDS Steering Committee will be meeting later this month, and one of the main agenda items is how to bring the global REFEDS community together without a f2f meeting.


SeamlessAccess offered a webinar on the proposed new entity categories on August 10. This session was geared towards librarians who may not be familiar with the concept of federation metadata and entity categories. Overall, the session was received very well. The recording is available here.

The consultation period for the proposed entity categories ends on 31 August 2020, at which point the REFEDS Schema Editorial Board will consider next steps. If you are interested in commenting, more information can be found on the REFEDS consultation page.

Baseline Expectations 2

Consensus period will soon close. CTAB has had open office hours as well. Settled on three statements

  • Self-assertion of SIRTFI
  • Presence of an IdP error URL (refers to REFEDS Deployment Profile for Error URL)
  • Transport Layer Encryption - stated generally - current and trustworthy TLS (you should get an A from SSL labs). Unstated is that we do not currently have the capability to scan all federation endpoints today, but that is planned (Shannon is working on TLS scanning and making good progress).

The next step is for this to notify InCommon Steering of a consultation period. 

Draft Charter: Federation Test Environment Charter

TAC reviewed and discussed the Federation Test Environment Working Group draft charter

Will do a call for participation, identify any gaps in experience, then potentially recruit specific individuals. Once the working group is formed, will look at the membership in considering co-chairs. Also, try to achieve some type of balance with IdP and SP operators.

Next Meeting -  Thursday, August 27, 2020 

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