Second Issue of Internet2 TIER Community Update Newsletter: November 2015

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TIER Community Update: November 2015 

Welcome to the TIER (Trust and Identity in Education and Research) Newsletter for November. The purpose of this e-newsletter is to keep you informed on what's happening in the TIER project.

What is TIER?
TIER is a community-initiated effort, coordinated by Internet2, to develop a consistent, rationalized approach to identity and access management that simplifies campus processes and advances inter-institutional collaboration and research. TIER is both an open source toolset and a campus practice set.

More can be found in the TIER FAQ on our webpage

In this issue:

TIER Readiness Tips, Getting Involved: TIER Technical Working Group News, More TIER Group News, TIER Ad Hoc Advisory Group, TIER Component Architects Group, TIER Tech Corner
TIER Presentations Available, Upcoming Sessions, Stay Social with TIER

Thank You From the TIER Community Investor Council

This month’s issue of the newsletter focuses on new working groups forming now to provide community input into TIER. The TIER Community Investor Council thanks those volunteering their time to help launch the development and program. Your contributions ensure the outcomes of TIER will address the needs of the community.

TIER Readiness Tips

To get up and running faster and support the global access that is at the heart of TIER, consider these readiness tips:

Shibboleth IdP version 3 should be on your radar now since the Shibboleth Consortium has set the end-of-life for IdP version 2 for July 31, 2016. If you’d like to learn more about Shibboleth IdPv3, InCommon provides upgrade guidance on the wiki and also sponsors Shibboleth Installation Workshops four times each year. 

International Interfederation/eduGAIN: InCommon is in the process of rolling out international interfederation support to the InCommon community. This is critical for TIER and for your campus users to access international collaboration tools and services. Please review the changes you will need to make in the coming months and ask questions. For more information, see

Getting Involved: TIER Technical Working Groups News

For the first stage of the TIER project, four community working groups are planned. Two of these groups have begun their work and you are invited to use the links below to review the charters and follow their progress:  

Please stay tuned for more information on the additional TIER working groups planned for the first phase of the project:

  • TIER Security and Audit Working Group
  • TIER Campus Success Working Group
More TIER Group News:

Two other groups that have been spun up to facilitate TIER working group management and development are:

TIER Ad Hoc Advisory Group

The short-term TIER Ad Hoc Advisory Group, under the direction of Tom Barton (University of Chicago), is focusing on ramping up these initial four TIER community working groups and developing a charter for an open, broadly representative and formal TIER architecture advisory group to launch in Spring of 2016. 

TIER Component Architects Group

Finally, a TIER components architects group, under the direction of Steve Zoppi (Internet2 AVP, Services Integration and Architecture), is charged with implementing the TIER requirements. This team includes representatives from the component teams involved in the TIER release (Grouper, Shibboleth, COmanange, InCommon Federation, Scalable Consent, Community Identity Provider and Person Registry).

TIER Tech Corner

The TIER Data Structures and APIs Working Group, chaired by Keith Hazelton (University of Wisconsin), held its first online conference on November 4. The 24 participants reviewed the charter and identified sub-groups to begin work on initial tasks. Six volunteers will begin a critical evaluation of the basic group and membership management APIs in Grouper, VOOT2 from SURFnet, SCIM, and CIFER. Another four volunteers agreed to launch work on APIs and data structures for the identity registry component of the identity and access management infrastructure. For further information see the charter and review the live-scribed agenda and notes document.

In the next TIER Newsletter, we will spotlight the TIER Packaging Working Group.

TIER Presentations Available

There was excellent community interaction and discussion at the TIER sessions at the recent Internet2 Technology Exchange and the EDUCAUSE Annual Meeting. Thanks to all the community members who participated in those sessions. Recent TIER presentations and webinars are linked in the right column of the TIER web page

Upcoming Session: TIER Investor Meeting and Sessions at the 2016 Internet2 Global Summit, May 15-18, 2016, Chicago, IL

Stay Social with TIER
Twitter enthusiasts: follow #internet2TIER for latest news and follow @Internet2, Ann West @hawthornewest and Nick Roy @ncroy for articles, updates and the latest on the TIER community.

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