InCommon Federation: Participant Operational Practices

Revision Date:2012-09-09

Revision Number:1.0

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InCommon, operated by Internet2, provides a secure and privacy-preserving trust fabric for research and higher education institutions, and their partners, in the United States. InCommon serves nearly 6 million end-users through federated identity management.

Participation in the InCommon Federation (“Federation”) enables a federation participating organization ("Participant") to use Shibboleth identity attribute sharing technologies to manage access to on-line resources that can be made available to the InCommon community. One goal of the Federation is to develop, over time, community standards for such cooperating organizations to ensure that shared attribute assertions are sufficiently robust and trustworthy to manage access to important protected resources.  As the community of trust evolves, the Federation expects that participants eventually should be able to trust each other's identity management systems and resource access management systems as they trust their own. 

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