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The concept of cloud identity in higher education was recognized in November 2009 with the EDUCAUSE Catalyst Award, which honors IT-based innovations that provide groundbreaking solutions to major challenges in higher education.
But what is cloud identity?
The gist is that cloud identity enables a person's "user" information to be distributed on the Internet. This solves a common problem: the need to maintain a username at every website. In this paradigm shift, identity information is not stored within each website, but accessed on the wire as needed. Websites become "relying parties" (RPs) using the information of trusted "identity providers" (IdPs). Although it has taken a while, finally the recipe for federated identity seems clear.