Director, Middleware and Security
After several years of broad federation development, work is now turning to connect academic research activities to this new bedrock. Groups around the world are starting to apply the emergent Internet identity infrastructure to the collaboration community that initially inspired its development. By creating open and flexible identity and access control mechanisms that integrate across the applications of a collaboration, these platforms and services are bringing new effectiveness to the academy. In the United States, a National Science Foundation-funded Internet2 middleware project is engaged in work with several major research communities to improve their identity and access management capabilities. Early work in this area has made it clear that the challenges are not in the XML, but in the S-M-XL: the sizing of the technologies to meet the needs, and capabilities, of the research groups. The suite of tools, the types of identity, the types of interfaces, the access control approaches, and modes for deployment all must be sized to fit small, medium and extra-large collaborations. This session will focus on early lessons in this tailoring.