Project Manager, Internet2 – Shibboleth
Clifford A. Lynch
Coalition for Networked Information (CNI)
Shibboleth, an inter-institutional approach to resource sharing, has made steady progress since its first conceptual presentation at CNI almost four years ago, and is now in rapidly widening deployment. InCommon, the federated trust mechanism that builds on Shibboleth to enable real production use, is now in operation (as are production Federations in several other countries). A growing number of commercial information providers are implementing Shibboleth.
As campus libraries now consider the migration from IP-based access control to Shibboleth, what issues must they face? What approaches are viable? What factors could affect the timing of the decision to begin the migration?