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Let's Hear From the SPs! Federated Identity Management for the Sciences and Humanities

Time 10/16/17 01:30PM-02:20PM

Room Bayview A

Session Abstract

The identity management needs of collaborative organizations (COs) can differ significantly according to the structure of the organization and the requirements of its participants. This session will look at three very different approaches to meeting the needs of COs: Humanities Commons (a project of the Modern Language Association), the Murchison Widefield Array (a radio telescope in Western Australia), and CILogon 2.0.

Humanities Commons (HC) is a network on which scholars across the humanities can create a professional profile, discuss common interests with colleagues, develop new publications, and share their work with other scholars and with the world. Individual HC member accounts are handled by a federated identity management system that communicates with the membership databases of participating scholarly organizations, members can access all the participating organizations to which they belong through a single authentication service, leveraging InCommon and social credentials. The HC identity management architecture will be presented, based on TIER components COmanage, Grouper, and Shibboleth, along with a discussion of the identity management challenges and the solutions developed to support this diverse community.

The Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) is a low-frequency radio telescope located at the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory (MRO) in Western Australia, the planned site of the future Square Kilometre Array (SKA) low-band telescope, and is one of three telescopes designated as a precursor for the SKA. The MWA has been developed by an international collaboration, including partners across Asia-Pacific and North America. The presentation will look at the effort to replace manual account creation and management procedures with a system that allows researchers to use their own credentials by leveraging eduGAIN, COmanage, and SATOSA instead of manual creation and management of accounts.

The CILogon 2.0 project provides an online service for scientific
collaborations that combines federated identity management (using Shibboleth and InCommon) with collaborative organization management (using COmanage). Early pilot project results will be presented, including the integration requirements of select pilot projects, the different integration protocols/plug-ins/provisioners used, and the implementation details and results. Topics covered will include custom OpenID Connect claims, ORCID integration workflows, and new COmanage capabilities.


Speaker James Basney University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign

Speaker Scott Koranda Spherical Cow Group

Speaker Benjamin Oshrin Spherical Cow Group

Speaker R. Eric Knappe Modern Language Association of America

Primary track Trust and Identity

Secondary tracks Applications for Research

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