CIFER -- Community Identity Framework for Education and Research

The mission of the CIFER project is to make radical improvements in higher education Identity and Access Management (IAM) capability, ease of integration, and affordability. CIFER is striving to create an agile, comprehensive, federation- and cloud-ready IAM solution suite delivered by and for the higher education community. See the CIFER Prospectus for background on the challenges and costs in developing and sustaining IAM solutions. Please refer to the CIFER Consortium Charter for details on membership options.

The CIFER work teams are open to participation to all interested IAM professionals. Formal institutional membership is not required for individual participation. Join one or more of the work team mailing lists at the links below to get involved:

Identity Registry Team
Provisioning and Integration Team
Shared API Team
Authentication Team
Access Management Team

You will find further details on the team wiki pages at https://spaces.internet2.edu/display/cifer/CIFER+Home

community@ciferproject.org is the mailing list for all things CIFER. Updates will be provided weekly. Click on the link to subscribe. If you simply wish to send an inquiry to the CIFER team, please send your email to info@ciferproject.org.


 

Upcoming Events

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There will be a number of CIFER-related sessions at the upcoming ApereoCAMP, Jan. 27-30, 2014 in Mesa, Arizona.


 

CIFER Events Log

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During the week of November 18-21, 2013 Bill Yock gave a CIFER presentation at the Kuali Days 2013 annual conference. In his presentation he referenced an InCommon Landscape Report which surveyed numerous IAM projects and recommended stronger collaboration and alignments with the CIFER activities.
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During the week of November 11-15, 2013 CIFER was featured in multiple sessions during InCommon's Identity Week.
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In September 2013 Keith Hazelton and Bill Yock presented on CIFER at the CANS Symposium in Hangzhou, China. Interest in open-source IAM solutions is of growing interest in the higher education and research spheres of that country.
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(10 July 2013): The Big 10-plus has a consortium, the CIC. The CIC Identity Management Group held a Face-to-Face meeting in Columbus, Ohio. CIFER was presented to and discussed by the participants, new collaborations were launched, and participants offered the CIFER team a great deal of valuable feedback.
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(12 June 2013): IAM Online, an Internet2 and EDUCAUSE initiative, hosted a webinar on Wednesday, June 12 at 3:00 pm Eastern, noon Pacific, "Provisioning and Integration: New Models and Practices". Rob Carter, chair of the CIFER Provisioning and Integration team chaired the discussion. Case studies from Penn State, the CommIT Project and Clemson University were presented by Jimmy Vuccolo and Jeremy Grieshop respectively. For an archive of the session, see the IAM Online home.
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(2-7 June 2013): The Apereo Conference (formerly Jasig/Sakai) in San Diego featured two half-day seminars on CIFER-associated projects. In addition, CIFER content was found in at least eighteen (!) other conference sessions.
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(20 May 2013): Several leading CIFER figures presented about the current state and future plans for the initiative during the May 20 InCommon Virtual Working Group sessions. See the program page for more background.
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(12 March 2013): Benn Oshrin, a leading designer and developer for CIFER and for the Internet2 project, COmanage, will give a presentation at the NERCOMP Annual Conference (http://www.educause.edu/nercomp-annual-conference/online-agenda) entitled "CIFER: Open-Source Identity Management".
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(11 March 2013): Leo Richard Fernig (The University of British Columbia) and Piet Niederhausen (Georgetown University) authored an EDUCAUSE ECAR Study, " Is Our Software Designed for Change? Successes and Challenges in Using Service Oriented Architecture". CIFER is mentioned favorably in the section "Implications for Higher Education".
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(23 November 2012): Bill Thompson of Unicon, a CIFER commercial affiliate, gave a presentation to the Brazilian National Network for Teaching and Research (http://www.rnp.br/) entitled "Exploring Identity and Access Management: Open Source Approach". CIFER was featured in his slides (pdf).
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(14 November 2012): Dedra Chamberlin and Keith Hazelton presented an IAM Online session on CIFER. A pdf version of the slides are available at the InCommon IAM Online site. An archived version of the complete webinar (adobe connect format) is now available as well.
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(16 October 2012): Bill Yock, U Washington and Kuali Board member, gave a presentation (ppt) at Kuali Days last week. It is also available as a Tegrity presentation online: CIFER Overview for Prospective Collaborators
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(15 October 2012): A template letter of intent is now available for institutions that would like to make a concrete statement of support toward the CIFER initiative. Multiple modes of support are available. (doc, pdf)
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(4 October 2012): Dedra Chamberlin from UC Berkeley and UC SF and Keith Hazelton from UW-Madison gave a CIFER presentation at the Internet2 Fall Member Meeting in Philadelphia (pdf)

Keith Hazelton: CIFER Initiative: Where Things Stand, Where We're Going
Dedra Chamberlin: Identity Registries: CIFER work with UC Berkeley and UC SF
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