CIFER is an initiative to bring together open source identity management solutions oriented towards the higher education and research sectors.
To get started, you might want to review the High Level Architecture and Technical Reference Architecture--Function and Flow, which will help provide a common understanding of the identity landscape.
Here are some links to resources for the various identity components:
Projects generally maintain their own wikis and mailing lists if you're looking for more information.
Feeling social? Show up at some conferences. R&E identity folks tend to show up at
- Identity Week
General questions? Want to talk to folks in the field? Try
- The Educause IDM list
- The CIFER Volunteer Experts list?
Looking to participate in CIFER related initiatives?