BEER is envisioned as a lightweight, global registrar for SAML Metadata representing both SAML and non-SAML endpoints (eg OpenID, IMI). It is intended as a quick activity to catalyze easier international use of federated identity. The service is not intended to be a replacement for federation or inter-federation, but is intended to be a tool supporting such activities. The service is intended to be operational Jan 2011. It may be operated by an interim operator and move to a permanent home if the service is seen as useful.
A SAML metadata curation service
An entity registrering SAML metadata in a metadata registry
An entity consuming SAML metadata
An entity which has administrative control of a DNS domain and/or URL