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Message sent from Albert Wu to the InCommon Site Administrators on April xx8, 2024 


Dear InCommon Site Administrators,

The InCommon Federation is gearing up for an action-packed 2024. We're thrilled to announce a series of long-awaited enhancements to our services, and I'm excited to share the details with you to assist in your future planning.

Introducing the InCommon Wayfinder

Timing: Now - Summer 2024
Service Impact: Services Providers currently using the InCommon Discovery Service will need to migrate to InCommon Wayfinder.

The InCommon Wayfinder is the name of InCommon's new Discovery Service. It replaces the existing InCommon Federation Discovery Service. Wayfinder further streamlines a user's journey to locate and remember their preferred home institution when accessing federated research and education resources. Wayfinder rollout starts soon. Although we welcome any InCommon Service Providers to adopt Wayfinder, the initial rollout will concentrate on migrating services currently using the InCommon Federation Discovery Service. We will be reaching out to current Discovery Service adopters directly with migration information.

More information: incommon-wayfinder-announcement

Enabling Federated Access to Federation Manager Portal

Timing:  Summer 2024
Service Impact: Site Administrators will sign into Federation Manager via Federated Access

That's right. Federation Manager, the tool you use to manage InCommon-registered metadata, will support federated access for Site Admins this summer. Federation Manager already supports federated access for eduroam administrators and InCommon Delegated Administrators.

Detailed migration information will follow. Once enabled, if your organization has an InCommon-registered IdP, you 'll be able to can access Federation Manager using your home organization credential. If your organization does not have an IdP, you will be able to sign in via either an Internet 2 Internet2 Guest account or via Google.    

Time to Move to the Per-Entity Metadata (MDQ) Service

Timing:  throughout Throughout 2024 , with migration expected to be completed by the end of 2024.
Service Impact: All services (IdP and SP) need to migrate to use the MDQ metadata service by the end of 2024. 

InCommon first launched the Per-Entity Metadata Service in 2020. Since then, we have been operating it in parallel with the legacy InCommon metadata aggregate. 2024 is the year we finally retire the legacy aggregate. 

InCommon will be retiring the legacy aggregate at the end of 2024.  If If you have not already done so, please update your system to retrieve metadata from the Per-Entity Metadata Service as soon as possible. Documentation is available at: Metadata Distribution Service Documentation


Not sure how to migrate? Stay tuned: specific migration help is coming in early summer 2024.

Operationalizing InCommon Federation Baseline Expectations, Phase II

Timing:  starting  Starting Fall 2024
Service Impact: All registered services (IdP and SP) will confirm annually annual adherence with Baseline Expectations requirements 

InCommon's operationalizing-be Operationalizing Baseline Expectations (BE) initiative continues.  In In 2023, we updated InCommon's data integrity validation measures to help detect out-of-date metadata information. We also improved the TLS scanning process, allowing Site Administrators to schedule on-demand scans of their entities from Federation Manager.

In 2024, we continue to implement the remainder of the Community Trust & Assurance Board's Board’s (CTAB) Operationalizing Baseline Expectations recommendations. Further enhancements to Federation Manager will include improved reporting, more Baseline Expectations-friendly user interface, and an annual attestation feature to affirm each service's continued adherence to Baseline Expectations. for Federation Operators.

Other Noteworthy News

These items don't have direct/immediate service impacts, but we think you will want to know about them:  



Futures2: The Community’s Conversation Continues with IAM Online

InCommon recently published the InCommon Futures 2 Report, titled "Promoting Digital Collaboration," during this year's Internet2 Community Exchange. The This report is represents the outcome culmination of a major significant strategic planning process to help guide endeavor aimed at shaping a vibrant future for InCommon and explore while addressing the identity and access management (IAM) challenges facing encountered by the research and higher ed education community. You can download access the report from the Internet2 website. 

Kevin Morooney, Vice President of Trust and Identity and NET+ Programs at Internet2, and Marc Wallman, Vice President of the Information Technology Division at North Dakota State University, will host the April 17th InCommon IAM Online. During this session, Kevin and Marc will examine the approach outlined in the report and respond to inquiries regarding InCommon's plans to enhance the tools and services utilized for accessing shared resources and fostering collaborations.

Register for IAM Online

Deployment Guidance for REFEDS Access Entity Categories Consultation Underway

The InCommon Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) is seeking community consultation for its proposed Deployment Guidance for REFEDS Access Entity Categories. This Deployment Guidance is a part of InCommon's continued effort to streamline federated access and to improve interoperability. 

The consultation is open from April 1, 2024, through April 30, 2024. Please visit the Consultation page to review the document and to provide your feedback. 

Related: Check out TAC's 2024 Work Plan

Implementation Guidance for REFEDS Assurance Framework V2

REFEDS published version 2.0 of the REFEDS Assurance Framework (RAF) in 2023. RAF 2.0 incorporates feedback from RAF 1.0 rollouts, tightening definitions and clarifying Identity Assurance Profile criteria. InCommon had published the REFEDS Assurance Framework (v1.0) Implementation Guidance for InCommon Participants ( in 2021.  The Community Trust & Assurance Board is chartering a working group to update this Implementation Guidance document in its 2024 Work Plan.

Related Check out CTAB's 2024 Work Plan

Whew. That's a lot. Congratulations on reading all the way to the end. We are happy to field questions at



Albert Wu
InCommon Federation Manager
Internet2 Trust & Identity


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