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Enabling efficient electronic collaboration between LIGO and other astronomy communities using federated identity and COmanage
Author(s): Heather Flanagan; Marie Huynh; Ken Klingenstein; Scott Koranda; Benjamin Oshrin
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Paper Abstract

Identity federations throughout the world including InCommon in the United States, SURFnet in the Netherlands, DFN-AAI in Germany, GakuNin in Japan, and the UK Access Management Federation for Education and Research have made federated identities available for a large number of astronomers, astrophysicists, and other researchers. The LIGO project has recently joined the InCommon federation and is beginning the process to both consume federated identities from outside of LIGO and to make the LIGO identities issued to collaboration members available for consumption by other research communities. Consuming federated identity, however, is only the beginning. Realizing the promise of multi-messenger astronomy requires efficient collaboration among individuals from multiple communities. Efficient collaboration begins with federated identity but also requires robust collaboration management platforms providing consistent, scalable identity and access control information to collaboration applications including wikis, calendars, mailing lists and science portals. LIGO, together with collaborators from Internet2, is building the COmanage suite of tools for Collaborative Organization Management. Using COmanage and leveraging federated identities we plan to streamline electronic collaboration between LIGO and other astronomy projects so that scientists spend less time managing accounts and access control and more time doing science.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 September 2012
PDF: 17 pages
Proc. SPIE 8451, Software and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy II, 84511H (24 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.925713
Show Author Affiliations
Heather Flanagan, Internet2 (United States)
Marie Huynh, Univ. of Wisconsin, Milwaukee (United States)
Ken Klingenstein, Internet2 (United States)
Scott Koranda, Univ. of Wisconsin, Milwaukee (United States)
Benjamin Oshrin, Internet2 (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8451:
Software and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy II
Nicole M. Radziwill; Gianluca Chiozzi, Editor(s)

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