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SWITCHaai: 1’000 services registered

Last week, the number of services registered in the SWITCHaai federation crossed the 1’000 line for the first time.

When the Università della Svizzera italiana, Damiano Bianchi (Servizio informatico TI-EDU) registered the ‘USI Library service’ (the 21st service of USI), this new service became the 1’000th SP available in the SWITCHaai federation.

It’s the first time in the history of SWITCHaai that we have reached this number of registered SPs. Due to old services getting deleted and new ones registered, the actual number of services slightly fluctuates. However, in general it has been steadily increasing since the production SWITCHaai service was launched 12 years ago in autumn 2005 (see the graph in the lower right corner in the growth picture below).

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The steady growth of the SWITCHaai Federation

The SWITCHaai federation serves the higher education community in Switzerland and Liechtenstein: More than 99% of all students, staff members and researchers at universities, universities of applied sciences and teacher education universities have a SWITCHaai-enabled user account. With their account, they can access a wide variety of services. Users as well as service administrators enjoy the benefit of no service specific user accounts required!

In addition, more than 100’000 further users from about 20 university related institutions have user accounts that provide them also access via SWITCHaai.

SWITCH and the SWITCHaai federation participate in the development and use of eduGAIN, the GÉANT interfederation service that interconnects more than 40 federations world-wide.

Swiss edu-ID Update Event 2017

Save the date: Thursday 29 June 2017

The focus is put this year on an update about the project Swiss edu-ID and the service SWITCH edu-ID, whose deployment starts in 2017.
Note that no SWITCHaai specific topics are foreseen.

The event will take place June 29 , 11:00 – 16:15, in Berne at UniS, Schanzeneckstrasse 1, room A-126.

Preliminary Programme:

11:00 – 12:00   SWITCH edu-ID for beginners (for people not already familiar with SWITCH edu-ID)

12:00 – 13:15   Arrival for afternoon participants and Lunch
(afternoon participants are warmly welcome to take lunch with us)

13:15 – 14:30   Pilots and current project status

14:30 – 14:55  Coffee break

14:55 – 16:15    Status Migration Strategies, roadmap and next steps

16:15                 End of event


Update 2016-06-01: Registration site with updated agenda

Project approval for “Swiss edu-ID Deployment Step 1”

Back in August 2016, SWITCH and seven partners (EPFL, FHNW, UNIFR, UNIGE, UNIL, UNISG and ZHAW) applied for project funding through in the framework of the P2/P5 programme of swissuniversities. Regular readers of our blog might remember, that we wrote about the submission and the nature of the proposal in the blog post Project for Deployment Step 1 in 2017 submitted which you are encouraged to re-read.

We are delighted to share with you the good news that this project received green light from the “Comité de pilotage du programme CUS P-2” at their meeting on 5 December 2016. This is good news for SWITCH and the university community as well as their stakeholders, as it marks the first of four “deployment steps” to implement the Swiss edu-ID roadmap until 2020.

This week, we received the formal approval letter annexed with an assessment note and additional obligations, which mean some additional homework for SWITCH (clarifications, reporting and project management obligations, as well as accommodating a cut in overall spending). Another good news for our project partners: these obligations are not impacting our partners’ work packages nor do they affect the support they receive from SWITCH.

We are looking forward to start the process of entering the deployment phase of the Swiss edu-ID roadmap and rolling out the SWITCH edu-ID service until 2020.

Swiss edu-ID 2017 – 2020

SWITCH intends to fully deploy the Swiss edu-ID by the end of 2020, with almost all organisations migrated from SWITCHaai to Swiss edu-ID.
To this end, several organisations have already started, or will start migration strategy projects jointly with SWITCH. The aim of these projects is to plan the migration locally at the respective organisation as a first step.
An organisation which decides to start such a project should choose their most convenient time from a couple of possible dates (one starting point every year between now and 2020). steps_2017-2020
(details presented at update event in June)

This kind of projects might get funded by the program PgB5, which is organized by swissuniversities. The deadline for the next submission of projects is approaching (August 14, 2016).
Seven universities have already decided to start with the first step – the development of their own migration strategy by

  • analysing the specific system landscape and services at their organisation with respect to identity management,
  • evaluating additional benefits of a higher integration depth with the Swiss edu-ID (“migrated” or “integrated”),
  • choosing an appropriate migration scenario and planning of migration steps,
  • estimating the resource requirements of the migration, and
  • drafting their organisational Swiss edu-ID migration project plan.

The desired output of those migration strategy projects will be migration plans – or drafts thereof – for each participating organisation. Such a plan can then be proposed to the management of the organisation. If the university management agrees, a subsequent migration project (step 2), possibly funded again by PgB5, can then be submitted, targeting at actually adapting the existing infrastructure to the Swiss edu-ID service.

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RFI on Swiss edu-ID IdM open

As announced the phase of the survey conduction has started and the RFI documents have been sent to interested participants 4th of May.
The RFI documents are published on the Swiss edu-ID website.

Deadline for RFI answers is May 22nd, 2016.

By June 1st the most promising participants will be determined and invited to a presentation workshop.
Workshops will take place from June 6th until 10th.

AAI & Swiss edu-ID Update Event 2016

Thursday 30 June 2016, Berne

Details & Registration

Would you like to know more about the

  • current status of AAI and interfederation
  • OpenID Connect
  • Multi-Factor Authentication
  • Single logout with IdPv3

or more about the

  • Swiss edu-ID architecture
  • new pilots and use cases
  • integration and follow-up project plans ?

Then we would like to invite you to this event with an AAI Update in the morning (10:15 – 12:00)
followed by a Swiss edu-ID Update in the afternoon (13:15 – 16:15).


Release Attributes for Science!

LIGO, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, recently announced that their project had detected ripples in the fabric of spacetime, proving a prediction made 100 years ago by Einstein. Many teams collaborated to ensure this result, and behind the scenes, they rely on effective federated identity management.

What this means, in the simplest terms, is scientists rely on the ability of research services to get attributes about their users from their Home Organisations. However, as REFEDS (Research and Education Federations) points out in an important blog entry, this is not at all smooth sailing.

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