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  • Date: Mon, 29 Jun 2009 14:46:52 -0400

Open Source Leaders Collaborate on Identity Management Issues at Advanced CAMP in Philadelphia

June 29, 2009 – At the Advanced Campus Architecture Middleware Planning (CAMP) workshop held in Philadelphia on June 18-19, open source software developers and campus deployers met to forge a collaborative approach to address common Identity and Access Management (IAM) issues.

IAM ensures that the right people access the right online services; it addresses how individuals and groups are identified and authorized within and across computer networks. It is a common requirement for all online applications, and is one of the first integration tasks that sites undertake when deploying a new software package or engaging an outsourced service. IAM requirements in academia are shifting as campuses collaborate, economize, outsource, federate, and standardize. In this changing environment, software projects and vendors get mixed messages about how to support IAM and campus deployers find that each new package or service brings a new integration challenge.

According to R.L. “Bob” Morgan, Chair of the Middleware Architecture Committee for Education (MACE), “This Advanced CAMP aimed to define and refine IAM requirements, improve channels for collaboration among community source projects, and increase the alignment of complementary work.”

Supported by EDUCAUSE, Internet2, and Jasig, the workshop included representation from fourteen open-source projects and participants from Brazil, Columbia, Canada and France. Program committee member and Jasig executive director Jonathan Markow explained that the program committee set the tone with its diverse makeup, including representatives from Internet2, Kuali, CAS and Open Repository Projects.

“What’s unique about this event is that we had a combination of leaders representing the key open source applications and an unprecedented opportunity for them to collaborate,” commented Markow. For the full list of community and open source participants, see .

In implementing several community source applications, campuses sometimes find that each one brings a new integration challenge. Aligning approaches to identity services helps shorten the time to production and reduces the complexity involved in deployment. It often simplifies the experience for the user also.

“This Advanced CAMP brought together identity management experts and open-source projects practitioners who depend on identity management services," said Gary Schwarz, who presented to the group on the Bedework open-source, enterprise calendar system, for which he is the Project Manager. "It's an exceptional opportunity to have an interactive conversation on providing services to organizations in the way they need them.“ The group focused on establishing common standards and interfaces that will benefit the entire community.

In addition to aligning identity approaches, attendees also explored the next challenges. “I hope to get out of the conference a shared effort on federated authorization,” commented Ray Davis of U. C. Berkeley, a key contributor to the Sakai Project. Federated identity refers to the shared authentication and authorization among multiple trusted sources and services.

For more information on the Advanced CAMP, visit . The Advanced CAMP was sponsored by EDUCAUSE, Internet2, and Jasig. Additional support was provided by National Science Foundation Cooperative Agreement OCI-0330626. There was also sponsorship from Unicon, Internet Society, and Kantara Initiative.


EDUCAUSE is a nonprofit association and the foremost community of IT leaders and professionals committed to advancing higher education. EDUCAUSE programs and services are focused on analysis, advocacy, community building, professional development, and knowledge creation because IT can play a transformative role in higher education. EDUCAUSE supports those who lead, manage, and use information technology through a comprehensive range of resources and activities. For more information,

About Internet2

Led by the research and education community since 1996, Internet2 promotes the missions of its members by providing both leading-edge network capabilities and unique partnership opportunities that together facilitate the development, deployment and use of revolutionary Internet technologies. Internet2 brings the U.S. research and academic community together with technology leaders from industry, government and the international community to undertake collaborative efforts that have a fundamental impact on tomorrow's Internet. For more information:

About Jasig

Jasig, Inc., is a non-profit, international consortium of educational institutions and commercial affiliates supporting open source software development and promoting open computing architectures for higher education. Jasig has been in operation for over nine years, holding regular conferences and sponsoring open source software applications like uPortal, the enterprise-grade portal solution, and CAS, a flexible Central Authentication Service deployed for single sign-on. For more information, visit the Jasig website at

  • Open Source Leaders Collaborate on Identity Management Issues at Advanced CAMP, Lauren Rotman, 06/29/2009

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