The InCommon Alternative IdPs Working Group finished its work in Q4 2014. The Working Group was chaired by Janemarie Duh of Lafayette College. The final report is here.
The mission of the InCommon Alternative IdPs Working Group was to:
The Working Group evaluated alternative approaches a campus could adopt for instantiating a SAML IdP, joining the InCommon Federation, and successfully interoperating with a variety of SPs. Current InCommon participants had typically installed and operated SAML IdP software on-premise. It was expected that future InCommon participants may not have the same local staff resources and expertise, and may have to resort to a variety of other techniques (including outsourcing).
See the Announcement of the Alternative Identity Providers Working Group for additional background on this working group.
Membership in the Working Group is open to all interested parties. Members join the Working Group by subscribing to the mailing list, firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
The subcommittee is expected to complete all deliverables and either close or recharter by October 31, 2014.
Further information is available in the Alternative IdPs Working Group Charter.