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Subscriber requirements

Activity

Description

Status

Funded

Internationalisation (eduGAIN – new core attributes, R&S Entity Catagories)

Connecting AAF to the global Federation network to enable AAF subscribers to collaborate internationally with other eduGAIN federations.

Active - multi year activity

AAF operations

Service Provider - Boost Program 2017-2018

The Boost program, which includes data collection, analysis, profiling and reporting on organisations is an ongoing activity.

The Boost program identifies a target group of AAF subscribers to take part in a review and analysis activity. This activity will then report on the findings to assist subscribers with maturing their SP.

Proposed

AAF operations

Hosted IdP – Early Adopter Program

The AAF have developed the Hosted IdP Software-as-a-Services (SaaS) software that is being piloted as part of the Early Adopted Program. This program is collaborating with a small number of customers on an initial release of the new Hosted IdP service. This small-scale release will address any show-stoppers, identify and prioritise improvements and develop the business model for 2018 onwards.

Active

Early Adopter Program

IdP Shibboleth V3 upgrade

The AAF is working with IdP’s to upgrade to Shibboleth V3. This upgrade is because of the end-of-life of V2. The AAF has developed an IdP Installer to assist IdP’s with this upgrade and are working with organisations to complete the upgrade to V3.

Active

AAF operations

ECP rollout

AECP allows Service Providers (SP) to introduce a new class of service that won’t be limited by a browser interface to provide single sign-on functionality. The ECP profile is designed for clients that use desktop applications, server-side code running in a web application and anything else that isn't run in a browser.

Active

AAF operations

Service catalogue

To enhance the current AAF service catalogue to include a comprehensive list of all Service Providers and additional information about each service listing.

Proposed

AAF operations


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AAF Operational (enhancements & extensions)

Activity

Description

Status

Funded

ORCID

As the Australian ORCID Consortium Lead the AAF provide technical support for all ORCID members. This support includes:

  • administrative support
  • on-boarding members and running webinars/training
  • central technical support contact for ORCID
  • maintaining documentation for the Consortium and technical documentation
  • eduPersonOrcid
  • engagement activities and resources.

Active

AAF operations

eduGAIN enabled tools/software

  • Extend the Federation Registry to enable eduGAIN metadata flows
  • Add the AAF Virtual Home to eduGAIN as an IdP
  • Add the AAF Attribute Validator to eduGAIN

Possible extensions to AAF Status to monitor the eduGAIN metadata source.

Active

AAF operations

IdP Logs, Fedration rules

Update federation rules. Potential changes include:

  • collection of anonymisied IdP logs to assist with troubleshooting and usage data
  • making requirements about updating contact information in the Federation Registry more explicit
  • revisions to the core attribute list
  • other changes that may be required to roll out eduGAIN.

Active

AAF Operations

Improved reporting statistics

Refinement and enhancements to the central reporting dashboard to provide information on subscriber utilisation of the federation (i.e. what organisations are authenticating to AAF connected research infrastructure and vice versa).

Planning

AAF Operations

Hosted IdP

Release a Hosted IdP option to members. AAF will take care of infrastructure management, upgrades and patching on behalf of members. This service will:

  • remove the burden of developing and maintaining expertise in Shibboleth and associated infrastructure from subscribers
  • release subscribers’ scarce identity management resources for higher value activities
  • simplify and accelerate the process of connecting new organisations to the Federation, particularly for small organisations with few IT specialists.

Planning

Not funded

Innovation

Activity

Description

Status

Funded

eduGAIN

This project will develop policy, information resources and business processes to position AAF and subscribers for collaboration with international research organisations. Project objectives include:

  • Understand and develop policy/guidelines
  • Develop business processes related to eduGAIN
  • Conduct a small-scale pilot to verify the technology and business processes in preparation for national roll out.The national roll-out will be conducted in a future project that is still to be funded.

Planning

RDS funded project

OpenID Connect /Oauth/Social

OpenID Connect 1.0 is a simple identity layer on top of the OAuth 2.0 protocol. It allows clients to verify the identity of the End-User based on the authentication performed by an authorisation server, as well as to obtain basic profile information about the End-User in an interoperable and REST-like manner.

OpenID Connect allows clients of all types, including web-based, mobile, and JavaScript clients, to request and receive information about authenticated sessions and end-users. The specification suite is extensible, allowing participants to use optional features such as encryption of identity data, discovery of OpenID Providers, and session management, when it makes sense for them.

Active

NeCTAR funded project


Infrastructure

Activity

Description

Status

Funded

AWS hosted service

Active

AAF Operations

Cloud Services

  • Github
  • Zendesk - Migrating to Freshdesk
  • Dropbox
  • Mailchimp
  • Slack

Active

AAF Operations