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  • From: "Greg Wood" <>
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  • Subject: I2-NEWS: Key Component of Higher Education Directory Service Released
  • Date: Thu, 15 Feb 2001 08:34:18 -0500
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New Standard Facilitates Access to Applications and Resources across Higher

Washington, DC, February 15, 2001—A joint Internet2(R) and EDUCAUSE working
group today announced the release of "eduPerson," a key building block for
services that provide seamless access to network-accessible information
regardless of where or how the original information is stored. Widespread
adoption of the eduPerson standard in institutional directories will enable
a broad and powerful new class of applications to be deployed across higher

"This is the first step in building an environment that opens new dimensions
for sharing information across organizations," said Keith Hazelton, Senior
IT Architect, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The eduPerson specification provides a set of standard higher-education
attributes for an enterprise directory, which facilitate inter-institutional
access to applications and resources across the higher education community.

> A faculty member teaching a class at one institution would be able,
through a brief series of pull-down menus, to authorize access to the class
web site for students who are enrolled in a linked class at another

> An institution could agree to license a database for students in a
particular school, and use attributes within eduPerson to implement the
access controls.

> Scientific researchers could reserve specialized computing resources at
distant locations using local services.

> A directory of directories within higher education could be created,
allowing a user to search effectively and simply through multiple
institutional directories in parallel to find public information for a
particular person.

The development of eduPerson has been assisted by technical expertise from
the lead IT architects of universities such as University of Wisconsin,
Georgetown University, University of Washington, and MIT. EDUCAUSE and
Internet2 are providing operational support and serving as an interface with
other communities of interest within higher education. Keith Hazelton,
University of Wisconsin, leads the project team. Other institutions that
contributed significantly to the work leading up to version 1.0 include, in
alphabetical order: Brown University, Carnegie Mellon University, the
University of Memphis, Michigan Technological University, Penn State, Tufts
University, the University of California Office of the President, the
University of Michigan, and the University of Southern California.

For information about related efforts, the Directory of Directories and
Shibboleth, applications that will be built upon eduPerson see:

EDUCAUSE is an international, nonprofit association whose mission is to help
shape and enable transformational change in higher education through the
introduction, use, and management of information resources and technologies
in teaching, learning, scholarship, research, and institutional management.
EDUCAUSE programs include professional development activities, print and
electronic publications, strategic/policy initiatives, research and
development, and a wealth of online information services. For more
information, see:

About Internet2(R)
Led by over 180 US universities working with industry and government,
Internet2 is developing and deploying advanced network applications and
technologies for research and higher education, accelerating the creation of
tomorrow’s Internet. Internet2 recreates the partnership of academia,
industry and government that helped foster today's Internet in its infancy.
For more information about Internet2, see:

Greg Wood Bob Burdick
Internet2 EDUCAUSE

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NANOG 21 is being held in Atalanta February 18-20.
The agrenda can be found at:

Multicast Information:

With help from Cisco and the University of Oregon, NANOG will be
generating two types of multicast streams. The primary video codecs used
to encode the video are H.261, MPEG-1, and MPEG-2.

H.261 Broadcast.

The H.261 stream will be visible to users with the standard multicast
tools from the UCL Mbone Conferencing applications archive, and most other
free and commercial tools that can can handle H.261/PCM. For information
about setting up MBone tools for Windows95/NT, Macintosh, and Unix, see:

MPEG-1 Broadcast.

The MPEG-1 stream will be generated using IP/TV, a streaming video server
from Cisco. The IP/TV MPEG-1 stream will be visible either with a
liscensed or demo version of IP/TV or with MIM, a UNIX MPEG streaming
client developed at the University of Oregon:

Users can obtain IP/TV 3.0 from:

MPEG-2 Broadcast. The MPEG-2 stream will be usable by a small subset of

In SDR the session names will be:

NANOG 21 (H.261)

If you're not using SDR, the session names will be:

video -
audio -

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Lucy E. Lynch Academic User Services
Computing Center University of Oregon

(541) 346-1774
Cell: (541) 912-7998

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