OpenAthens LA 2.0: An introduction

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Published on February 23, 2009

Author: eduservfoundation

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Presentation given at OpenAthens workshops in Feburary/March 2009. It provides an introduction to the upcoming, second version of OpenAthens Local Authentication. OpenAthens LA provides an easy to manage multi-protocol identity provider for federated access to online services.

OpenAthensLA 2.0: An introduction OpenAthens workshops, February/March 2009 David Orrell, Eduserv david.orrell@eduserv.org.uk www.eduserv.org.uk

Product goals and rationale Architecture Demo of administration tools 2

What is OpenAthens LA? Software to enable federated access to internal and external Web resources

Federated identity Identity Provider Service Providers (resources) Control Policy Subscriptions Management

Federated identity Identity Provider Service Providers (resources) Control Policy Subscriptions Management

OpenAthens LA 1.0 • You know it as Athens DA • 'Semi' federated – depends on central service • Not fully standards compliant – only via central service

Since 1.0, a lot has changed...

1) Formation of The UK Access Management Federation, and other federations

2) Changing user behaviour • Web 2.0 • User-centric identity • Social networks

3) Multiple identity standards • SAML • OpenID • Information Cards

That's all very well... but...

But... • We've lost control and flexibility! • We can't meet students expectations • Athens also... – hid much of the complexity – provided web-based administration → distributed control – provided statistics

Shibboleth administration System IT Services administrator Shibboleth server Librarian Configuration User-repository

Our top 3 priorities for OpenAthens LA 2.0...

Priorities 1) Ease of installation, configuration & maintenance • Web-based administration • Built-in diagnostics and statistics

Priorities 2) Support for multiple, Open Standards

Priorities 3) Extendable • Modular architecture • Open APIs – write your own extensions

OpenAthens LA 2.0 • Greater control...

OpenAthens LA 2.0: administration System administrator Administration Runtime server(s) server Model Runtime Librarian User-repository Staff / students

Administration interface Administration server Admin application(s) Model

Administration interface Administration server Model history Admin application(s) Model

OpenAthens LA 2.0 More flexibility... •

OpenAthens 'Atacama' platform Protocol modules

OpenAthens LA 2.0: modules OpenAthens LA runtime Platform Webserver

OpenAthens LA 2.0: modules • Authentication OpenAthens LA runtime Platform Webserver

OpenAthens LA 2.0: modules • Authentication • Data-store connectors OpenAthens LA runtime Platform Webserver

OpenAthens LA 2.0: modules • Authentication • Data-store connectors OpenAthens LA runtime • Identity protocols (SAML, OpenID Platform etc) Webserver

OpenAthens LA 2.0: modules • Authentication • Data-store connectors OpenAthens LA runtime • Identity protocols (SAML, OpenID Platform etc) • Attribute Webserver release policies

OpenAthens LA 2.0: modules • Authentication • Data-store connectors OpenAthens LA runtime • Identity protocols (SAML, OpenID Platform etc) • Attribute Webserver release policies • Custom attributes • …

Open APIs: write your own modules • OpenAthens platform is multi-language – C/C++, C#/.NET, Java, PHP, Ruby • Can write in-line 'scriptlets' – JavaScript, Ruby OpenAthens LA runtime

OpenAthens LA 2.0: release schedule June 2009: April 2009: End of Beta Beta release programme 2009 July 2009: March 2009: OpenAthens LA 2.0 Initial Alpha General Availability

Thank you! david.orrell@eduserv.org.uk

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