Welcome to the TIER
September Newsletter

Welcome to the TIER (Trust and Identity in Education and Research) Newsletter for September 2016. The purpose of this e-newsletter is to keep you informed on what's happening in the TIER project.

About TIER

TIER is a community-initiated effort, coordinated by Internet2, to develop a consistent, rationalized approach to identity and access management that simplifies campus processes and advances inter-institutional collaboration and research. TIER is both an open source toolset and a campus practice set.

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From the TIER Community Investor Council

TIER Governance Meetings at the 2016 Internet2 Technology Exchange

As you read this, the 2016 Internet2 Technology Exchange is just a couple of days away. TechEx offers one of two opportunities during the year for face-to-face community conversations, as well as in-person meetings of our governance and advisory groups, including the InCommon Steering Committee and the TIER Community Investor Council (TCIC). These two groups, which will have a joint meeting we informally call “identity morning,” have governance responsibility over InCommon and the TIER investor funds, respectively. Read the full blog post.

Preview of TIER at the 2016 Internet2 Technology Exchange

In the August 2016 TIER newsletter Steve Zoppi, Internet2 associate VP for services integration and architecture, introduced The Landscape of DevOps within TIER to provide insight into the TIER development and production process that has evolved to respond to initial and ongoing community requirements. At the 2016 Internet2 Technology Exchange in Miami, September 25-29, community members will get a first view of a new TIER community testing and usability platform, also known as the Demo Workbench. Read the blog post previewing TIER at TechEx16.

An Introduction to TIER Reference Architecture

A small team of TIER architects has been working hard to define a reference architecture for the higher education community. What’s a reference architecture, you might ask. Answer: A reference architecture is typically a set of diagrams and supporting text that describe the functional components in an overall distributed system. The TIER Reference Architecture shows components specifically for identity and access management in a higher education institution, and shows their relationship to each other. Read the blog post for links to the TIER Reference Architecture and more.

TIER Community Contributor Spotlight

Michael Hodges, University of Hawaii

Michael Hodges

(Left) Michael Hodges, IT Manager for the University of Hawaii

Michael Hodges, IT Manager for University of Hawaii, has been involved in a variety of technical and managerial IT roles in higher education for several decades and in the utility sector for an additional decade. As a member of the TIER Data Structures and APIs and the Entity Registry working groups, Michael has leveraged his work in diverse environments on projects including the TIER Reference Architecture. Read the full profile of TIER Contributor Michael Hodges.

Working Group Updates

In addition to the DevOps work, the month of September marked the working groups’ critical milestones in the evolution of TIER Data Structure and APIs, Entity Registry, Packaging, and Security and Audit efforts which have been in full-swing. The teams have been working hard to prepare APIs, reference architecture documentation, VMs and Docker packaging, demos and other work to share with the community at the 2016 Internet2 Technology Exchange in Miami. See the preview blog post for details.

Key Internet2 identity initiatives are supported in part by National Science Foundation grants. For more information, see specific software sites.

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