OpenAthens LA 2.0: An introduction

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Presentation given at OpenAthens workshops in Feburary/March 2009. It provides an introduction to the upcoming, second version of OpenAthens Local Authentication. OpenAthens LA provides an easy to manage multi-protocol identity provider for federated access to online services.

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OpenAthens LA 2.0: An introduction

  1. 1. OpenAthensLA 2.0: An introduction OpenAthens workshops, February/March 2009 David Orrell, Eduserv david.orrell@eduserv.org.uk www.eduserv.org.uk
  2. 2. Product goals and rationale Architecture Demo of administration tools 2
  3. 3. What is OpenAthens LA? Software to enable federated access to internal and external Web resources
  4. 4. Federated identity Identity Provider Service Providers (resources) Control Policy Subscriptions Management
  5. 5. Federated identity Identity Provider Service Providers (resources) Control Policy Subscriptions Management
  6. 6. OpenAthens LA 1.0 • You know it as Athens DA • 'Semi' federated – depends on central service • Not fully standards compliant – only via central service
  7. 7. Since 1.0, a lot has changed...
  8. 8. 1) Formation of The UK Access Management Federation, and other federations
  9. 9. 2) Changing user behaviour • Web 2.0 • User-centric identity • Social networks
  10. 10. 3) Multiple identity standards • SAML • OpenID • Information Cards
  11. 11. That's all very well... but...
  12. 12. But... • We've lost control and flexibility! • We can't meet students expectations • Athens also... – hid much of the complexity – provided web-based administration → distributed control – provided statistics
  13. 13. Shibboleth administration System IT Services administrator Shibboleth server Librarian Configuration User-repository
  14. 14. Our top 3 priorities for OpenAthens LA 2.0...
  15. 15. Priorities 1) Ease of installation, configuration & maintenance • Web-based administration • Built-in diagnostics and statistics
  16. 16. Priorities 2) Support for multiple, Open Standards
  17. 17. Priorities 3) Extendable • Modular architecture • Open APIs – write your own extensions
  18. 18. OpenAthens LA 2.0 • Greater control...
  19. 19. OpenAthens LA 2.0: administration System administrator Administration Runtime server(s) server Model Runtime Librarian User-repository Staff / students
  20. 20. Administration interface Administration server Admin application(s) Model
  21. 21. Administration interface Administration server Model history Admin application(s) Model
  22. 22. OpenAthens LA 2.0 More flexibility... •
  23. 23. OpenAthens 'Atacama' platform Protocol modules
  24. 24. OpenAthens LA 2.0: modules OpenAthens LA runtime Platform Webserver
  25. 25. OpenAthens LA 2.0: modules • Authentication OpenAthens LA runtime Platform Webserver
  26. 26. OpenAthens LA 2.0: modules • Authentication • Data-store connectors OpenAthens LA runtime Platform Webserver
  27. 27. OpenAthens LA 2.0: modules • Authentication • Data-store connectors OpenAthens LA runtime • Identity protocols (SAML, OpenID Platform etc) Webserver
  28. 28. OpenAthens LA 2.0: modules • Authentication • Data-store connectors OpenAthens LA runtime • Identity protocols (SAML, OpenID Platform etc) • Attribute Webserver release policies
  29. 29. OpenAthens LA 2.0: modules • Authentication • Data-store connectors OpenAthens LA runtime • Identity protocols (SAML, OpenID Platform etc) • Attribute Webserver release policies • Custom attributes • …
  30. 30. Open APIs: write your own modules • OpenAthens platform is multi-language – C/C++, C#/.NET, Java, PHP, Ruby • Can write in-line 'scriptlets' – JavaScript, Ruby OpenAthens LA runtime
  31. 31. OpenAthens LA 2.0: release schedule June 2009: April 2009: End of Beta Beta release programme 2009 July 2009: March 2009: OpenAthens LA 2.0 Initial Alpha General Availability
  32. 32. Thank you! david.orrell@eduserv.org.uk

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