Federation Soup: Updates from the UK Nicole Harris JISC Executive
Status of membership – UK federation
603 members and counting
98% take-up in UK Higher Education (Universities)
Institute of Cancer, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Royal College of Nursing
63% take-up in Further Education (Community Colleges)
Increasing interest from schools sector (K-12)
What’s Different in the UK??
Drive related to commercial third-party SPs at the moment
Centralised license negotiation through JISC Collections
Outsourced Identity Provision – Open Athens and Local Authority aggregation for K-12
Everyone joins as a member, can then register IdPs and SPs as required
Technically, this means John Hopkins can have an IdP in the UK federation
Not just shib! Shibboleth approximately 59% of entity types
Membership is free
Growing interest in use for repositories, wikis, learning management systems etc.
Nesli2 SMP (Small and Medium Publishers)
Negotiated licensing with smaller publishers on behalf of higher and further educations in the UK
Sits alongside negotiations with bigger players such as Elsevier
First round: Australian Academic Press, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) , Berg Publishing, Berkeley Electronic Press (Bepress), IOS Press (NL), Liverpool University Press, Multi-Science Publishing , SPIE , University of California Press .
MUST be UK federation compliant or will not broker deal
The biggest use case for interfederation…
Improving the user experience at Service Providers (discovery problem, attribute release requirements, personalisation).
Managing (or not managing) internal applications through the UK federation. Another example of interfederation??
Working with the National Health Service (registering National Library for Health as an SP), complexity of multiple affiliations.
Repositories: importance of single author identifier.