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InCommon, operated by Internet2, provides a secure and privacy-preserving trust fabric for research and higher education, and their partners, in the United States. InCommon's identity management federation serves 9 million end-users (IPEDS data; October 2014). InCommon also operates a related assurance program, and offers certificate and multifactor authentication services.

InCommon’s Future: Interfederation, K-12, and Changing Demographics

You’ve recently heard about InCommon’s plan for international interfederation, but that is not the only change in the works for 2016. Pilots involving K-12 involvement are expected to move to production. And InCommon will explore the potential for new services and support options, given the changing demographics of InCommon participants. Join IAM Online Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015, to hear join this discussion and how it will affect your organization.

InCommon Goes Global: Joining the International Federation Community

edugainInCommon has joined 40 other national federations in the global interfederation service, allowing convenient single sign-on interaction with higher education institutions, research organizations, and corporate service providers around the world. We've provided information and resources here on the InCommon web.

Registration Open for First Shibboleth Installation Workshop in 2016

The first Shibboleth Installation Workshop of 2016 will take place February 4-5 at the MCNC offices in Durham, North Carolina. We also plan workshops in mid-April (location TBA) and May 19-20 at the University of Chicago (immediately following the Internet2 Global Summit). Registration is open.

InCommon Working Groups

InCommon has had a number of community Working Groups examining topics to help make federation easier for current and future InCommon participants.

Current Working Groups:

Multifactor Authentication Interoperability Profile Working Group - This working group will develop and document requirements for an interoperability profile for MFA. All are welcome to participate.

Federation Interoperability Working Group - This working group will develop a set of minimal requirements for implementers and deployers of SAML software to interoperate in InCommon, as well as develop a list of policy issues and operational practices to be addressed and adopted by participants.

Recent Working Group Final Reports

Alternative Identity Providers - evaluating alternative approaches for instantiating an IdP, joining InCommon and interoperating with service providers. The final report is available, along with assessment criteria.

External Identities - looking to move the community of knowledge towards the goal of making external identities useful and sufficiently trusted in a variety of campus-based use cases, focusing on the use of external identities by individuals, not the campus as a whole. The final report is available.

IdP of Last Resort - providing an IdP for an individual to use for federated access to services when the campus does not have an IdP or will not release the necessary attributes. The final report is available.

A complete list of working groups is on the wiki.

Items of Interest

Common Identity and Trust Collaborative (CommIT) Project Home

Working with Sponsored Partners

InCommon Resources Book [PDF]

Roadmap for NSF Cyberinfrastructure

Federation Return on Investment

InCommon Overview [PPT]

All About Attributes

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