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  • From: Ann West <>
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  • Subject: [inc-interfed] Another Interfed Use Case for Research
  • Date: Fri, 22 Feb 2013 15:02:47 +0000
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On 2/22/13 10:00 AM, "Ann West"

>Hi Chris,
>I contacted Dr. Jagdish Arora from INFED and he is interested in hearing
>more about your requirements. See below.
>In another conversation, I heard from Scott Koranda at LIGO who just
>visited India recently to offer a workshop on identity management for his
>project participants and whom I've cc'd on this message that INFED is
>primarily focused on building out their infrastructure across the
>but are ultimately interested in inter federation. Scott suggested that
>wait about 6 months to get their attention on shared work.
>However Dr. Arora was interested in knowing more, so I wonder if we
>some exchange between the two of you.
>This could start with an email exchange.If this proceeds well, we can try
>a phone bridge accommodating the 10.5 hour time change (as compared to
>Eastern time). Thoughts about this approach?
>Best regards,
>Ann West
>Assistant Director,
>Assurance and Community
>Internet2/InCommon/Michigan Tech
>office: +1.906.487.1726
>On 2/22/13 3:55 AM, "Dr. Jagdish Arora"
> wrote:
>>Dear Ms. West,
>>We have gone through the broad outline given by Dr. Whalen. We would
>>be surly interested in collaborating with any institution in India for
>>academic interest .As federated access is in incubation period in
>>India, INFED facilitates both the approach i.e.
>>a) it is maintaining identity provider for the institution which
>>doesn't have (or not capable of having) own IDP.
>>b) federation members who are running their own IDP, authentication
>>can be done in distributed manner
>>Alternatively it has been also planned that the institution who wish
>>to have their own IDP, INFED will help them to set it up at
>>institutional premises, INFLIBNET's data center or at any mutually
>>agreed 3rd party premises.
>>We would like to have detailed requirement from your side for
>>committing feasibility
>>PS: We have moved from Gujarat University Campus to our new building
>>at Infocity, Gandhinagar. Please note the address and other contact
>>details given below.
>>Thanks and regards
>>Dr. Jagdish Arora
>>Infocity, Gandhinagar - 3802007
>>Phone: 079-29288361
>>Mobile: 09725051200
>>On Tue, Feb 5, 2013 at 2:23 AM, Ann West
>> wrote:
>>> Dear Dr. Arora,
>>> InCommon, the organization that runs the US Research and Education
>>> federation, is working with the US National Institutes of Health (NIH)
>>> connect up their international partners via identity federation.
>>>Here's a
>>> summary from our colleague Christopher Whalen, International Program
>>> at the Office of CyberInfrastructure and Computational Biology,
>>> Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH:
>>> ----
>>> The institution that we work with is the National Institute for
>>>Research in
>>> Tuberculosis in Chennai. They have about 200 users though we work with
>>> about 50 of them on the International Center for Excellence in Research
>>> (ICER) and through that collaboration support their Active Directory
>>> infrastructure. We would like to move to the federated approach for
>>> managing this instead of creating accounts for them here at the NIH
>>> they need to access resources (like SharePoint) here. In addition,
>>>like the
>>> ICERs in Uganda and Mali, we are also helping them build their own
>>> for collaboration there which will leverage the federated
>>> broader data sharing and collaboration for projects involving multiple
>>> sponsors and collaborators.
>>> In the case of India we thought that it would be best for us to use a
>>> domestic federating group instead of the approach we used in Mali and
>>> Uganda. Mostly because these are collaborative relationships and we
>>>want to
>>> use whatever domestic resources are available. In sub-Saharan Africa
>>> means not much, but in India we expected to be able to partner with an
>>> institution to provide this functionality.
>>> ----
>>> Would it be possible to get your thoughts on Dr. Whalen's proposal
>>>above and
>>> feasibility? Does, for instance, the INFED's members run their own
>>> management systems and distribute federated credentials? Or does INFED
>>> the identity provider for access?
>>> Many, many thanks for your help and thoughts on this matter.
>>> Best regards,
>>> Ann
>>> Ann West
>>> Assistant Director,
>>> Assurance and Community
>>> Internet2/InCommon/Michigan Tech
>>> office: +1.906.487.1726

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