As of Q3 2015, the CIFER Project has been transitioned to the TIER-Data Structures and APIs Working Group.
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
General questions? Want to talk to folks in the field? Try
Looking to participate in CIFER related initiatives?
CIFER Presentation at 2014 Internet2 Global Summit