InCommon Steering Committee Meeting - April 6-7, 2014 - Denver, Colorado


Attending: Susan Kelley, Michael Gettes, Chris Holmes, Dennis Cromwell, Melissa Woo, Joel Cooper, Mark Crase, Klara Jelinkova, Jack Suess, Bill Yock, Steve Zoppi, Dave Vernon, Ken Klingenstein, Steve Carmody

With: John Krienke, Shel Waggener, Dean Woodbeck (scribe)

RUCC Meeting

Klara reported on a presentation to the RUCC (Research University CIO Conclave) concerning the new trust and identity concept. They were generally supportive and are interested in a more-detailed plan.

Shel Waggoner Briefing

Shel briefed Steering on a number of items – a copy of his slides are attached to the meeting wiki page.

Trust and Identity is moving toward a design where the individual is the focus, not the enterprise, and attributes will become more and more important.

Governance – Steering is being formally asked to become the governing group for all of Trust and Identity. This will need to be communicated to the community.

Architecture – This has been done on a community level with MACE at the center, but development has been fragmented. Steve Zoppi will lead the effort for service integration, including mapping and coordinating software development. One objective is to develop an integrated suite ultimately leading to Identity as a Service. It will be important to be structured and professional in deploying these services.

Campus – As we continue to identify and refine standards, there will be more-specific requirements for participation in the federation, particularly concerning attributes. There will be an increased need to communicate these standards and requirements, including keeping CIOs informed. In addition, we need to provide CIOs with the information they need to talk to their campus stakeholders and business owners.

Trust and Identity in Education and Research (TIER) is the number one item on Net+ priorities presented to the Internet2 board, with the objective of delivering $500 million in annual value to Internet2 members. Trust and Identity will be an integral part of Net+, campuses will need to be Net+ ready, and we need to provide requirements to both campuses and Net+ service providers.

As the Net+ Program Advisory Group (PAG), Steering will be asked to oversee a portfolio for all TIER services and advise on sizing the portfolio in each area. This oversight will include:

Discussion summary:

Program Subcommittee Report – John O’Keefe

Steering endorsed the strategic priorities document and the recommendations of the Program Subcommittee. The External Relations and Governance Subcommittee was asked to begin considering the communications and outreach needs that will support these recommendations.

Discussion points:

It was agreed that the Program Subcommittee will use the strategic priorities, as applied to Trust and Identity, in developing the 2015 priorities, gathering input from both TAC and the AAC.


Ken provided an overview of eduGAIN, operated by GEANT, which is essentially a federation of federations that makes interfederation possible. Steering is being asked to approve InCommon signing the eduGAIN declaration, which is the first step in joining eduGAIN. By joining eduGAIN, we can support VOs and the expansion of Net+ services.

After signing the declaration, there will be a number of technical issues to address, including:

It was moved, seconded, and unanimously approved that InCommon join eduGAIN by signing the eduGAIN declaration, provided that all details have been worked out prior to any import or export of entity metadata on behalf of InCommon participants.

Apereo Statement of Intent

There was discussion of signing a statement of intent with Apereo (the combination of Jasig and Sakai) to work together on four foci for collaboration. The discussion was tabled.

Charter and Bylaws

Chris presented the revised charter and bylaws, on behalf of the External Relations and Governance Subcommittee. The revisions are intended to reflect the expanded Steering role within Trust and Identity.

Discussion points:

Executive Session*