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  • From: Tom Barton <>
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  • Subject: Re: [grouper-dev] Draft Minutes: Grouper Call 25-Nov-09
  • Date: Wed, 02 Dec 2009 10:53:46 -0600

Penn State may also be in position to test grouper-KIM integration. I'll forward this to them.


Emily Eisbruch wrote:
**Kuali Days**

At the Kuali Days Conference in San Antonio, Nov. 17-18, Chris met with Eric , Gary and others and had productive discussions on how Kuali would delegate to Grouper.

Chris will make some changes to the Grouper Client to increase efficiency in handling Kuali Rice groups.
For example, Kuali Rice is able to retrieve items from a group in a way that Grouper currently does not (e.g. retrieval of non-group members of a group, and retrieval of just groups that are members of a group). Chris can change the Grouper Client and web services to handle this.

Kuali Rice's handling of namespaces varies a little from Grouper’s but we can design around that.

Chris has implemented some of the needed changes to the Grouper Client and has more work to do.
The integration will require a Grouper Client JAR and a connector JAR and a configuration file
to be placed in the Kuali Rice implementation. There will also be changes needed to a few Kuali configuration files in order to delegate from Kuali Rice to Grouper. No other changes seem to be needed on the Kuali side. The Kuali Rice team is thinking about changing caching behavior however.
Kuali has a one level deep folder structures. A folder in Grouper will be assigned to be the Kuali folder. If in the future, there is a use case for an institution needing a more complex folder structure, we could introduce a configuration with specific mapping.

Q: Where does web services come into play?

A: The Grouper Client is a one JAR component that talks REST web services to Grouper web services. It’s necessary to be running web services for the Grouper integration with Kuali RICE to work.
Chris will document the changes he is making for this Grouper integration with Kuali Rice. He will detail the differences between handling of groups in Kuali and Grouper and how those gaps are being bridged.

Chris already wrote and submitted a Kuali Rice quickstart document that has been posted on the Kuali wiki.

Institutions testing the Grouper and Kuali Rice integration could include U. Penn, U-W, and University of Arizona.

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