Spring 2005 Internet2 Member Meeting

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MyVOCS - My Virtual Organization Collaboration Suite

Time 05/03/05 08:45AM-10:00AM

Session Abstract

Virtual communities form around a common interest and typically cross institutional boundaries. The task of establishing on-line collaboration tools, so essential to virtual organizations, can quickly become mired in the difficult problems of tool selection, identity management and access control. Collaborations are hampered when there is no single tool or site that can satisfy all requirements and the quality of collaboration suffers.

Most solutions assume a central administration body will provide and manage the service; we will demonstrate a 'Just In Time' approach for creating virtual organizations that provides an easy way for anyone to create, manage and share their own collaboration space, without requesting special permission or requiring a portal.

Virtual organizations define and assign members' roles in the VO and are the authoritative source for these attributes. MyVOCS/MyVO provides an attribute aggregator service that is the VO's attribute authority for Shibboleth. This approach combines institutional identity management and VO specific attribute authorities and leverages Shibboleth to distribute member attributes to all collaboration tools, across institutional and administrative boundaries. VO attribute federations provide a consistent user experience to researchers based on their role in the virtual organization.

MyVO is a virtual organization provider infrastructure that enables members of an identity federation to dynamically create virtual organizations. VO members establish collaboration specific attributes which are distributed via Shibboleth to all collaboration tools. This presentation reports on work done by NSF ANI-0330543 NMI Enabled Open Source Collaboration Tools for Virtual Organizations.


Speaker John-Paul Robinson University of Alabama at Birmingham

Speaker Jill Gemmill Clemson University

Speaker Jason Lynn University of Alabama at Birmingham

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media item thumbnail My Virtual Organization Collaboration System (ppt)

Speaker Rich Carlson Department of Energy

Speaker John-Paul Robinson University of Alabama at Birmingham

media item thumbnail MyVOCS - My Virtual Organization Collaboration Suite (ppt)

Speaker Tom Barton University of Chicago

Speaker Jill Gemmill Clemson University

Secondary tracks Advanced Applications and Technologies Collaborations Middleware

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