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RESTful APIs and Resource Definitions for Higher Education: Results from the CIFER shared API Team

Time 10/06/15 11:45AM-12:10PM

Room Room 26-BC

Session Abstract

Developers from several open source projects in identity and access management have participated in the CIFER Shared API working group to come up with a generic approach to the design of RESTful APIs. They have come up with a complementary approach to schema development for the various types of resources to which the APIs provide access. These same schema can be re-used in Pub-Sub solutions in situations where the message body needs to carry representations of the corresponding resources. This session will show example applications of this API work in group management with Grouper, in system of record updates to identity registries (e.g., Penn State's Central Person Registry), in identity matching services and in downstream consumers of identity information for provisioning and de-provisioning of accounts and service eligibility. Presenters will speak to the dual challenges of reaching broad developer adoption and sustaining the API and schema work over time. They will also point out the ways in which this approach supports a loosely coupled but well-defined architectural style that is transferable to domains outside its place of origin in identity and access management.


Speaker Keith Hazelton University of Wisconsin - Madison

Speaker Benjamin Oshrin Spherical Cow Group

Presentation Media

Primary track Trust and Identity

Secondary tracks Security CAMP 201

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