Identity's role in education is both an interesting and complex opportunity in providing trusted social networks for the global digital academy. Imagine one quarter of your institution's population turning over every year as the seniors graduate and the new freshman arrive. Teachers and others can also play a variety of different identity roles on campus making it even more complex. Yet, providing a true trusted access model for these emergent social networks while protecting access to licensed content is an area that our research libraries are providing real leadership if not driving the discussion in campus technology forums.
As a result, we've gotten some key people together to start a project to investigate and develop interoperability solutions for Shibboleth and Sun's Identity Management suite. We're opening up the discussion here: