Emeryville, CA—Innovative Interfaces, a leader in information technology for libraries, has become a working member of the Shibboleth Project, a venture of Internet2/MACE to develop architectures, policy structures, practical technologies, and an open source implementation to support sharing of Web resources.
According to Chick Markley, Innovative's Vice President and Chief Architect, who also serves as Innovative's representative on this project, “Innovative intends to stay at the forefront of technology that facilitates the use of e-resources. Shibboleth is an initiative to develop an open, standards-based solution to the needs for organizations to exchange information about their users in a secure, and privacy-preserving manner. Shibboleth has the potential to achieve a robust single sign on technology, making library users' access to electronic resources more fluid and easier to administer.”
Shibboleth is a standards-based open source development effort using the OpenSAML protocol, which is based on Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML). Shibboleth is a part of Internet2's MACE (Middleware Architecture Committee for Education) which includes such projects as the Directory of Directories for Higher Education, PKI (Public Key Infrastructure)
Innovative is working with institutes of higher education as well as with the Internet2/MACE Committee to help move this standard forward.