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JISC's AIM programme


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An overview of JISC's Access & Identity Management Programme given at the Identity Management Matters event at Aston University, 16 Nov 2010

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JISC's AIM programme

  1. 1. Joint Information Systems Committee 1/29/2015 | | Slide 1Joint Information Systems Committee Supporting education and research Access & Identity Management Programme Identity Management Matters, Aston – 16 Nov 2010 Christopher Brown, #jiscaim
  2. 2. Joint Information Systems Committee AIM – supporting Innovation  How does AIM fit in to JISC? 16/11/2010 | Slide 2 Innovation Group Content e-Learning Digital Infrastructure (eResearch & Information Environment) OUT JIR Committee AIM
  3. 3. Joint Information Systems Committee AIM – supporting Innovation 16/11/2010 | Slide 3 eResearch Research Comm Eng JIR Committee AIM VRE Research Data Mgmt Research Infrastruc JSR Committee
  4. 4. Joint Information Systems Committee AIM Programme  1st Jan 2009 to 31st March 2011 (IdM Toolkit Pilots – Feb-Aug 2011)  Focus: – Process – Policy – Technology  Objectives – Build foundations for production systems that universities might adopt in the future – Prepare the sector for future developments – Improve user experience – Increase value and make AIM relevant to wider community – Enable integrated systems architecture – Develop practical tools to enable AIM 16/11/2010 | Slide 4 Exploring Innovative new areas
  5. 5. Joint Information Systems Committee AIM Programme  UK Access Management Federation – Support – Expand – Improve – Increase uptake  Funding – Shibboleth Consortium (JISC, Internet2, SWITCH) • Technical roadmap • Governance mechanisms • Operate open source project => Shibboleth Foundation? – Extending Access Mgmt into BCE – Publisher Support – WAYFless URLs 16/11/2010 | Slide 5
  6. 6. Joint Information Systems Committee  Online and PDF versions  Aimed at executive and technical staff in HE & FE  Review, assess and improve performance of IdM  Raise and maintain awareness, importance and key issues of IdM  Launched UCISA/JISC conferences Spring 2010  Website: –  Support: – AIM Projects – IdM Toolkit 16/11/2010 | Slide 6 John Paschoud LSE Completed June 2010
  7. 7. Joint Information Systems Committee AIM Projects – IdM Toolkit Pilots  Pilots (Feb – Aug 2011) – £200K for 3-6 projects piloting the IdM Toolkit  Institutional Benefits – Institutions assess and review their IdM processes and policies – Cost savings from using and acting on advice in the Toolkit  Toolkit Benefits – Tests the Toolkit through implementation – Increase the uptake of the Toolkit – Not a static Toolkit – Further develop its usefulness 16/11/2010 | Slide 7
  8. 8. Joint Information Systems Committee  Previous projects – GFIVO – common tools, set up wikis and blogs. Easy to set up groups – CUCKOO – institutional level: roll it out and use it  GRAND (Granularity, Audit, N-tier and Delegation) – 1) Granularity and Delegation • How to most effectively structure Grouper – 2) Audit and accounting • How to process Shib and Grouper logs – 3) N-tier • How to do integrated auto login for Shib • How to exploit Kerberos n-tier support in Shib – Benefits expected: • Greater uptake of access control • Scalable service • Useful audit records • Accounting ability • Improved Login experience • Practical n-tier integration • Systems integration AIM Projects - Grouper 16/11/2010 | Slide 8 Cal Racey University of Newcastle 15 months
  9. 9. Joint Information Systems Committee AIM Projects – Usage Statistics  RAPTOR (Retrieval, Analysis, and Presentation Toolkit for usage of Online Resource) – Software toolkit that will allow visualisation of e-resource usage to non- technical people – Also allow for publishing aggregated usage information to a federation operator. Aimed at installing at the institutional level, but can aggregate upwards – Open source / open standards – Fully documented and easy to set up/customise – Collaborating with SWITCH and MIMAS 16/11/2010 | Slide 9 Graham Mason Cardiff Univ/Kidderminster 15 months
  10. 10. Joint Information Systems Committee AIM Projects – Web Services  WSTIERIA (Web Services Tiered Internet Authorization ) – Make web services work with UK federation – Investigating two approaches: • using “façade” to handle authentication • new Shib features to invoke web service between SPs – Tested on two application domains: • Geospatial web service (SEE-GEO) • WebDAV (widely deployed remote file-access protocol layered on HTTP) – Community Benefit • Web services interoperate with FAM • Improve end-user experience by application componentization – Real components need authorization • Access presently hidden web services – Discussing with MIMAS, SDSS, Shibboleth 16/11/2010 | Slide 10 Fiona Culloch EDINA 12 months
  11. 11. Joint Information Systems Committee AIM Projects – NGS  A Proxy Credential Auditing Infrastructure for the UK e-Science National Grid Service – Develop proxy certificate auditing infrastructure that supports monitoring/auditing use of proxy credential • General usage monitoring • Patterns of use and prediction of misuse • Exploit and harden existing software for this • Globus Incubator project • Extensions to support • VO-specific monitoring and usage • Resource-specific monitoring and usage – Demonstrate in numerous projects and roll out to NGS  Case studies: nanoCMOS, ENROLLER, DAMES, NeISS projects • includes usage of NGS, ScotGrid, TeraGrid, D‐Grid 16/11/2010 | Slide 11 Wie Jie Thames Valley University 15 months
  12. 12. Joint Information Systems Committee  SOFA (Service-Oriented Federated Authorization) – Two broad goals: • The facilitation of data aggregation across distributed, heterogeneous data sources • The provision of secure, assured data sharing – sif: middleware framework that facilitates the secure sharing and aggregation of data from disparate, heterogeneous data stores – SOFA: an extension of sif that allows data owners to leverage their access control paradigm of choice (RBAC, XACML support) – Value: • Low cost • Limited impact • Data ownership remains unchanged – Applications: student administration; heart modelling; research into Bipolar disorder AIM Projects – Data sets 16/11/2010 | Slide 12 Andrew Simpson University of Oxford 12 months
  13. 13. Joint Information Systems Committee  SMART(Student-Managed Access to online Resources) – There is a need for efficient, secure and usable access management system that: • supports data owners with sharing their data • supports data consumers with accessing this data – Develop online data management system based on User-Managed Access (UMA) protocol – Deploy at Newcastle to allow data to be shared more efficiently and securely. – Evaluate UMA at Newcastle – Contribute to standardisation effort of UMA protocol by actively participating in the UMA WG Benefits: • Participation in the UMA WG ensures that HE requirements for access management are taken into consideration. It also ensures that JISC and UK HE remains at the forefront of developments in Web authorisation solutions • Scenario for UMA use case shows applicability of the new technology to HE environments • Conducted research, experience and developed software for UMA to be reused by AIM community within and outside UK AIM Projects – UMA 16/11/2010 | Slide 13 Maciej Machulak University of Newcastle 15 months
  14. 14. Joint Information Systems Committee AIM Projects – ePortfolios  eCert – Giving you back control of your data – To develop and test a suitable protocol for electronic certificates – Maintain information privacy, ensure owner can have control over the usage of their eCertificates – Prevent unauthorized modification, able to be verified in a legal context – Lifetime validation, independent from issuing body. Allow for verification nationwide – Easy to use while maintaining security controls, suit users with low IT skills, both students and reviewers – Can be accessed through the issuing organisations’ or any owner-preferred ePortfolio, or be used as a standalone application 16/11/2010 | Slide 14 Lisha Chen-Wilson University of Southampton 15 months
  15. 15. Joint Information Systems Committee AIM Projects – Logins4Life  Logins for Life – Addresses the needs of a University to engage with users throughout their lives. – Create use cases, policies and recommendations for dealing with user accounts throughout their changing roles while catering for existing digital identities. – Create a test environment which will demonstrate how these policies can be delivered using open source tools. – 16/11/2010 | Slide 15 Matthew Slowe Kent University 15 months
  16. 16. Joint Information Systems Committee AIM Projects – Social Net and Shib  Identity and Access Management using Social Networking Technologies – FOAF is an RDF (Resource Description Framework) vocabulary mainly aimed at describing links between people and memberships – produce a functional WebID (formerly FOAF+SSL) based Authentication system for Shibboleth based IdP and an Authentication and Authorisation system for Globus based grids – Bridge to SAML/Shibboleth • Converting information available in RDF into SAML attributes – e.g. WebID URI into eduPersonPrincipalName – Easy to derive membership of a project or (virtual) organisation based on the FOAF relations – Easier ad-hoc collaborations (potentially with people outside the federation too) 16/11/2010 | Slide 16 Mike Jones University of Manchester 9 months
  17. 17. Joint Information Systems Committee 16/11/2010 | Slide 17 AIM – International Links  EUROPE  TERENA (TNC2010, TF-EMC2, REFEDS) - NRENS  Knowledge Exchange (JISC, SURFfoundation, DFG, DEF)  USA  Internet2  Kantara  Australasia  AAF (Australian Access Federation)  CAUDIT (The Council of Australian University Directors of Information Technology)  eWorks – Technical and Further Education (TAFE) sector  MoRST (Ministry of Research, Science and Technology)
  18. 18. Joint Information Systems Committee  Blog:  Netvibes (#jiscaim):  JISC AIM queries:  Toolkit queries:  Programme tag #jiscaim AIM – Information 16/11/2010 | Slide 18
  19. 19. Joint Information Systems Committee AIM – The road ahead  Reduced funding  Concentrate on key areas of IdM  Make a business case for money from committees  More direct funding?  Community building 16/11/2010 | Slide 19
  20. 20. Joint Information Systems Committee AIM – Future? 16/11/2010 | Slide 20  What should the AIM programme fund?
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