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Group Leader (Chair): Jim Jokl, Univ of Virgina

Weekly meetings were held Thursday, 3:00 pm ET

https://lists.incommon.org/sympa/info/new-entities

The New Entities Working Group has completed its work. Recommendations are found here.  

Mission/Goals

The InCommon metadata file contains, from a policy perspective, only one kind of entity---those owned and managed by, either directly or indirectly, an InCommon participant. There are proposals currently under review to add entities to metadata that deviate from this established practice:

  1. Operationalizing eduGAIN will add IdPs and SPs that are members of other federations, but not members of InCommon.
  2. A Social-to-SAML Gateway would rely on external/social identity providers to authenticate users and assert attributes about them (often self-asserted). 
  3. Some Regional Network Operators would like to facilitate InCommon participation by K-12 systems without themselves being directly responsible for the operation of the K--12 entities that would appear in the metadata.

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The Mission of this Working Group is to identify what an IdP or SP operator needs to know about policies or practices associated with entities that would be added to metadata by any of the above practices, and especially which of those needs should be facilitated by the InCommon Federation itself. Each such need should be supported by a specific and documented use case. This Working Group should coordinate with other InCommon Working Groups that might be exploring issues in depth related to one of these new entity types.

Use Cases

  1. InCommon - Quilt Partnership Models
  2. IdP Proxy (proxying either IdPs or SPs) as a Metadata Entry
  3. EU IDP accessing SP at Brown
  4. Course with US-based and EU-based students
  5. Consequences of eduGAIN Metadata
    1. Importing eduGAIN Metadata
  6. LIGO as an International Virtual Organization

 Use Case Impact and Recommendations

  1. Use Case Impact Summary
  2. Recommendations (old)
  3. Recommendations

Membership

Membership in the Working Group is open to all interested parties. Members join the Working Group by subscribing to the mailing list, participating in the phone calls, and otherwise actively engaging in the work of the group. It is particularly important that the work group include schools, both large and small, that are perceiving hurdles to federating their institution. The goal is to make the process easier and that will require broad participation.

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