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[I2-NEWS] Ohio, Internet2 Further Efforts to Streamli ne Online Privacy, Security Throughout Ohio’s Public Universities and Community Colleges
- From: Todd Sedmak <>
- Subject: [I2-NEWS] Ohio, Internet2 Further Efforts to Streamli ne Online Privacy, Security Throughout Ohio’s Public Universities and Community Colleges
- Date: Tue, 06 Dec 2011 08:45:33 -0500 (EST)
Ohio, Internet2 Further Efforts to Streamline Online Privacy, Security
Throughout Ohio’s Public Universities and Community Colleges
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Dec. 6, 2011 –- Students and faculty at campuses throughout
the state may now more easily collaborate with each other and access
educational resources using a single login issued by their host institutions.
The Ohio Academic Resources Network (OARnet) and Internet2 agreed to a
standard InCommon participation agreement, which streamlines the process for
Ohio’s 14 public universities and 23 public community colleges to join
InCommon. Operated by Internet2, InCommon is a national federation that
provides for shared management of identity and access to online resources for
the U.S. research and education communities, which simplifies online privacy
and security. Researchers, students, faculty and staff can access protected
or licensed online resources from other member institutions and third-party
providers while safeguarding individual privacy.
“This agreement is a key component to streamlining privacy and security
operations at and between our higher education institutions, while
eliminating inefficiency,” said Chancellor Jim Petro of the Ohio Board of
Regents. “An existing academic login can become a single, trusted passport to
education, research, and collaboration opportunities throughout Ohio.”
The agreement was a collaborative effort between OARnet, Owens Community
College, and the Office of the Ohio Attorney General, in conjunction with
Internet2. Because the Ohio Attorney General has approved the agreement,
colleges and universities also can save the time and legal resources they
would have spent vetting and negotiating individual contracts.
“Access to federal research systems and collaboration between institutions
are top priorities for the research community,” added Caroline Whitacre, vice
president for research, The Ohio State University. “The Federal government
has already endorsed InCommon as a trusted framework for science and health
research that is reliable, sustainable, and interoperable. Now, OARnet has
enabled Ohio institutions to take advantage of the framework’s benefits and
cost savings as well.”
“We continue to see significant interest and growth in InCommon and the
privacy and security benefits of our trust services,” said David Lambert,
president and chief executive officer of Internet2. “This system-wide
initiative will provide additional cost-effective, resource-sharing
opportunities for the entire InCommon community and the public universities
and community colleges in Ohio.”
OARnet provides shared technology services for Ohio’s education, public
broadcasting, health care and government communities. The organization works
on behalf of its communities to increase access to affordable broadband
service, reduce technology costs through aggregate purchasing, and maximize
shared service opportunities.
The Chief Information Officer advisory board to the Ohio Board of Regents
categorized identity management as a strategic priority for the state and
directed OARnet to implement a formal program. By creating a combined
identity management program, students and faculty will be able to access
resources at multiple campuses through a single account.
Member institutions should visit www.iamohio.net/incommon for additional
information, including how to join, or contact OARnet member services for
A member of the Ohio Board of Regents Ohio Technology Consortium, the Ohio
Academic Resources Network (OARnet) provides technology solutions for Ohio's
education, public broadcasting, health care and government communities. Since
1987, OARnet has identified and deployed shared services that reduce costs,
deliver quality programs, increase productivity and improve customer service.
Communities voluntarily participate in the OARnet consortium because they
value these benefits and services. Ultimately, OARnet promotes community and
economic development by expanding access to affordable technology.
Internet2, whose network is owned by U.S. research universities, is one of
the worldʼs most advanced networking consortia for global researchers and
scientists who develop breakthrough Internet technologies and applications,
and spark tomorrowʼs essential innovations. Internet2 consists of more than
450 U.S. universities; corporations; government agencies; laboratories;
higher learning; and other major national, regional and state research and
education networks; and organizations representing more than 50 countries.
Internet2 and InCommon are registered trademarks.
InCommon, operated by Internet2, serves the U.S. education and research
communities, supporting a common framework of trust services and operating
the InCommon Federation and the community-driven InCommon Certificate
Service. The InCommon Federation, the U.S. trust federation for research and
education, enables scalable, trusted collaborations among its community of
participants. The InCommon Certificate Service offers unlimited security
certificates to the U.S. higher education community for one fixed annual fee.
- [I2-NEWS] Ohio, Internet2 Further Efforts to Streamli ne Online Privacy, Security Throughout Ohio’s Public Universities and Community Colleges, Todd Sedmak, 12/06/2011
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