Subject: COmanage Users List
- From: Emily Eisbruch <>
- Subject: Draft Minutes: COmanage BoF at SMM 26-Apr-10
- Date: Fri, 7 May 2010 10:41:57 -0400
COmanage BOF at Internet2 SMM
Heather Flanagan, Stanford (chair), welcomed the group.
The COmanage model includes:
Other collaboration management platforms have used the same model, but with a different data store (instead of LDAP). The Swiss have a very nice collaboration platform, but it does not handle SAML.
Q: Where does COmanage stand in regard to providing applications or not?
A: When the COmanage team worked on the VM, user-facing collaborative applications were included and we ran into difficulties. The future direction may depend on the needs of organizations that become the pilot users.
*Service Model and Hosting*
Scott Koranda (LIGO/U. Wisconsin - Milwaukee) suggested that providing building blocks is good. The LIGO Collaboration uses Shib and Grouper. If blocks are built with the correct discreteness, it can be possible to solve multiple problems.
Michael Gettes, MIT (developer of the COmanage proof-of-concept) stated he does not believe that a COmanage VM is needed, given the resources required to provide such a packaged product. He noted that people want a unified experience, but they don’t specifically need a VM.
It was noted that some organizations (like Penn State) have an IT Group that handles many VMs. Smaller institutions may prefer a cloud-based approach.
Niels van Dijk (SURFnet) commented that even if there is not a VM, it’s good to have a low threshold to entry so folks can tinker with COmanage.
Heather stated that a tech writer has been hired to document the COmanage work that has been developed over the past few years.
*Other Approaches to Collaboration Management*
Other approaches to collaboration management were reviewed:
Q: Do we need to be sure various collaboration platforms can talk to each other?
A: This could involve ensuring that data can be moved back and forth between platforms. It could also involve ensuring a consistent user interface experience, which does seem like a good goal.
Q: Should we resurrect SPML?
A: TomB noted that the new Ldappc uses SPML. University of Memphis plans to replace the Nexus system with the new Ldappc.
- Draft Minutes: COmanage BoF at SMM 26-Apr-10, Emily Eisbruch, 05/07/2010
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