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InCommon Steering Committee Meeting - April 6-7, 2014 - Denver, Colorado

Meeting in Plaza Court 3

Sunday, April 6 - 1:00-5:00 pm
Monday, April 7 - 8:00 -11:30 am





Sunday, April 6, 2014

1:00-2:00 pm

Setting the stage (with Shel)

2:00-4:00 pm

Program Subcommittee

  1. Discuss plan for 2014
  2. Set up a review of plan for 2015 (starting summer/fall 2014)


Program Subcommittee Resources

  1. INCS:Strategic Priorities 2014-2015
  2. INCS:Program Subcommittee Goals/Strategies Worksheet
  3. INCS:Baseline Activities - InC Operations Programs
  4. INCS:Baseline Activities - InC Operations Projects

4:00-5:00 pm

Open items and discussion

  1. eduGAIN
    1. INCS:Report on eduGAIN from John K to ERG (pdf)
    2. INCS:TAC recommendation to sign eduGAIN declaration
    3. INCS:eduGAIN declaration
  2. Apereo - INCS:Collaboration Tenants
    1. Aperio Leadership

6:00-7:30 pm

Global Summit International Reception (Governor's Square 15)

8:00 pm

Dinner at Marlowe's, 501 16th St. (rez for 10 in Klara's name)

Monday, April 7, 2014

7:00-8:00 am

Grab Breakfast (Plaza Exhibit/Foyer and Plaza D/E)

8:00-9:30 am

Charter and Bylaws review

  1. INCS:Charter (proposed)
  2. INCS:Bylaws (proposed)

9:30-10:00 am

Executive Session with Shel

  1. Officers
  2. Porfolio scope

10:00-11:30 am

Charter and Bylaws (continued)

  1. Note: refreshments available 10-10:30 in Plaza Exhibit/Foyer and Plaza D/E
  2. Close out charter and bylaws
  3. Officers & Executive Subcommittee composition
  4. Trust and Identity portfolio principles

Information Items


Attending: Susan Kelley, Michael Gettes, Chris Holmes, Dennis Cromwell, Melissa Woo, Joel Cooper, Mark Crase, Klara Jelinkova, Jack Suess, Bill Yock, Steve Zoppi, Dave Vernon, Ken Klingenstein, Steve Carmody

With: John Krienke, Shel Waggener, Dean Woodbeck (scribe)

RUCC Meeting

Klara reported on a presentation to the RUCC (Research University CIO Conclave) concerning the new trust and identity concept. They were generally supportive and are interested in a more-detailed plan.

Shel Waggoner Briefing

Shel briefed Steering on a number of items – a copy of his slides are attached to the meeting wiki page.


  • there will likely be a need to add members to Steering, with a variety of expertise
  • there will likely be a need for additional subcommittees
  • the Program Subcommittee has developed 2014 priorities specifically as InCommon Steering; the 2015 priorities will be more broadly based on Trust and Identity
Program Subcommittee Report – John O’Keefe
  • The subcommittee developed a broad list of objectives based on the seven priorities initially developed by the InCommon Technical Advisory Group and adopted by Steering
  • The subcommittee developed a list of InCommon baseline activities, projects, and programs
  • The subcommittee is working to understand the capacity of InCommon – what is discretionary and what is required
  • Because of the sheer size of the list of objectives, projects, and programs, the subcommittee recommends focusing on substantially advancing Objective 2: “Increasing the Value of InCommon Participation,” along with tactics for a limited number of items supporting the other objectives
  • The subcommittee will document a priority-setting process for use in future years
  • The subcommittee will begin working on the 2015 priorities (based on the broader scope of Trust and Identity)


It was agreed that the Program Subcommittee will use the strategic priorities, as applied to Trust and Identity, in developing the 2015 priorities, gathering input from both TAC and the AAC.


Ken provided an overview of eduGAIN, operated by GEANT, which is essentially a federation of federations that makes interfederation possible. Steering is being asked to approve InCommon signing the eduGAIN declaration, which is the first step in joining eduGAIN. By joining eduGAIN, we can support VOs and the expansion of Net+ services.


It was moved, seconded, and unanimously approved that InCommon join eduGAIN by signing the eduGAIN declaration, provided that all details have been worked out prior to any import or export of entity metadata on behalf of InCommon participants.

Apereo Statement of Intent

There was discussion of signing a statement of intent with Apereo (the combination of Jasig and Sakai) to work together on four foci for collaboration. The discussion was tabled.

Charter and Bylaws

Chris presented the revised charter and bylaws, on behalf of the External Relations and Governance Subcommittee. The revisions are intended to reflect the expanded Steering role within Trust and Identity.


  • Steering needs a document, whether the charter or something else, that spells out the responsibilities related to oversight of Trust and Identity.
  • These responsibilities seem to be more extensive than is implied by the term PAG (Program Advisory Group)
  • The point of Steering is now to shape the Trust and Identity initiative
  • Finances – Under the charter revision, Steering will be advisory in this area, which is OK.
  • Under this arrangement, the TAC and the AAC will continue to report up through Steering
Executive Session*
  • Steering adjourned to executive session with Shel Waggener

Next Meeting

Monday, May 5, 2014
4 pm ET | 3 pm CT | 2 pm MT | 1 pm PT

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