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  • Shibboleth Installation Workshop Registrations Open
  • March 22 Webinar to Discuss TAC Work Plan
  • Consultation Open on Final Report of OIDC Survey Working Group
  • IAM Online Advisory Group Forming
  • InCommon Trust Model Document Subject of Consultation
  • New Anchor Certificates to Streamline EV Cert Requests
  • Cert Service Work Plan and Working Group Report
  • Key Reminders and Links
  • Research & Scholarship Category Update
  • New InCommon Participants
  • New Certificate Service Subscribers
  • New Duo Security Subscribers

Shibboleth Installation Workshop Registrations Open

InCommon’s Shibboleth Installation Workshops are two-day, directed self-paced workshops focused on hands-on installation of the Shibboleth identity provider and service provider software. The sessions also include discussions on configuration and suggested practices for federation. Attendance is limited to 40 for each session. Registration is now open for:

Other 2017 sessions will be held at the University of Washington (dates yet to be determined), Lafayette College in late July (Easton, PA), and at the NIH in Bethesda, Maryland, Oct. 31-Nov. 1.


March 22 Webinar to Discuss TAC Work Plan
The InCommon Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) will present its draft 2017 work plan during a webinar, March 22, at 2 pm ET. The work plan outlines the proposed technical priorities, particularly for the InCommon Federation. See the details on the TAC wiki page.

Consultation Open on Final Report of OIDC Survey Working Group
The OIDC Survey Working Group conducted a community survey to determine the types of problems campuses are trying to solve using OpenID Connect and OAuth2. The working group has completed its analysis and has opened a community consultation on its final report. The final report and instructions for providing feedback are on the wiki. The consultation remains open through March 24, 2017.

IAM Online Advisory Group Forming
InCommon is forming an IAM Online advisory group to help provide direction for the IAM Online monthly webinar series, including input on potential topics and speakers. The group will meet quarterly. If you are interested, send email to woodbeck@internet2.edu.

InCommon Trust Model Document Subject of Consultation

InCommon has opened a consultation for comments and feedback on “Trusted Relationships for Access Management: The InCommon Model.” This new document provides a high-level introduction to the model for trusted relationships within the InCommon Federation. The consultation is open through April 10.   

New Anchor Certificates to Streamline EV Cert Requests
InCommon Certificate Service subscribers can now request an Anchor Certificate, which uses the same validation process as an Extended Validation (EV) certificate (sometimes called a “green bar” certificate). Subsequent EV cert requests will be filled without needing another validation process. See the Cert Service wiki space for details.

Cert Service Work Plan and Working Group Report
The Certificate Service Review Working Group, chaired by Chris Bongaarts of the University of Minnesota, has issued its final report, recommending changes and updates to the service. The working group report has led to the development of a 2017 work plan for implementing the changes and requested features.

Key Reminders and Links

For Cert Service Subscribers: Comodo is moving notices concerning the status of the Certificate Manager system and notices of scheduled maintenance to a new status service. Please visit the new service and click on “subscribe” to continue to receive such notices.

The TIER (Trust and Identity in Education and Research) software developers are looking for campuses to kick the tires of the Production Candidate software and provide feedback and comments. You can find the details and download information on the TIER Package Delivery wiki.

  1. InCommon Steering Committee minutes
  2. InCommon Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) minutes
  3. InCommon Assurance Advisory Committee (AAC) minutes
  4. InCommon Working Groups Home
  5. Propose an IAM Online topic

Research & Scholarship Category Update

The R&S Category list of Service Providers has increased by one, bringing the total to 74 InCommon Service Providers in the international REFEDS R&S category.:

Center for Open Science - Open Science Framework

On the Identity Provider side, 50 InCommon Identity Providers have declared that they release the appropriate attribute set to the REFEDS category, including these new declarations:

Auburn University
Lamar University (supports InC SPs only)
XSEDE
University of Maryland Baltimore (UMBC)
University of Michigan
University of Nebraska-Lincoln


New InCommon Participants

As of March 6, 2017, InCommon has 917 participants taking advantage of one or more InCommon services. InCommon welcomed these organizations during February:

Higher Ed
Claremont Graduate University
Collin County Community College District
Harrisburg University of Science and Technology
Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences
Lamar State College - Orange
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Pitzer College
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
University of San Francisco

Sponsored Partners
Association of American Medical Colleges
Biomedical Research Alliance of New York
CampusTap
Hirezon
Image Relay
TouchNet Information System


New InCommon Certificate Service Subscribers

As of March 6, 2017, 395 organizations subscribe to the InCommon Certificate Service, which provides unlimited certificates for all domains owned by a university at one annual fee. These are the new subscribers in February:

Colgate University
Collin County Community College District
Malone University
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Mount Holyoke College
Uniformed Services University of the Health Science


Duo Security Subscribers

As of March 6, 2017, 123 organizations subscribe to the Duo Security multifactor authentication service offered through InCommon. February's new subscriber:

Towson University