ZHAW has switched to edu-ID – with around 20,000 people!

The Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) is using SWITCH edu-ID as replacement for the former AAI accounts and IdP since October 18. With currently around 20,000 persons with ZHAW affiliation, it is the largest university to date to use edu-ID.

Planning and reality

The ZHAW is one of the “Early Bird” universities that have already started planning the transition in 2017. The ZHAW coined the term “script cemetery” – a term for IdM processes that are based on many scripts difficult to maintain. The university therefore decided to replace its existing IdM. The edu-ID planning was part of this redesign project. Right from the start, the project manager succeeded in bringing all relevant stakeholders together at one table and also involving the departments where necessary, so that the migration plan was available in February 2018.
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Applying for Medical School using SWITCH edu-ID

Anyone wishing to begin studying human medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine or chiropractic must register online with swissuniversities.

Since this year, authentication is exclusively done with SWITCH edu-ID on the Medon registration platform. Thus Medon uses a unique feature that was introduced with edu-ID in the Swiss AAI federation: anyone can create an edu-ID account and use it in the context of academic services.

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Trust & Identity WG Meeting / SWITCH edu-ID Update Event 2019

SWITCH invites you on Wed, 15 May 2019 to the 2nd Trust & Identity WG Meeting combined with the SWITCH edu-ID Update Event in Berne.

Registration is open until Tue, 7. May 2019 and required for logistical reasons.
Refer to the registration page for the draft agenda and schedule.

A longer section of the event is dedicated to SWITCH edu-ID. The heads of IT of University of Lucerne and Distance University will talk about their adoption experience.

Administrators of either an Identity Provider or Service Provider registered in SWITCHaai as well as the SWITCHpki registration authority operators and all persons involved in (future) planning and adoption of SWITCH edu-ID are invited to participate.


What’s the SWITCH Trust & Identity WG?
The SWITCH Trust & Identity WG comprises representatives of all SWITCHaai Participants and SWITCHpki Participants in the SWITCH Community and the Extended SWITCH Community.
This group is informally involved with the further development of SWITCHaai/edu-ID and SWITCHpki and has the opportunity to provide feedback if there are questions or changes upcoming.

Distance University too uses now edu-ID

On 6 March 2019, Distance University became the second university to switch to SWITCH edu-ID for authentication and access to its services. Here is an extract from their experience:

IT as a driving force

The project was primarily carried out by the IT department – supported by Marketing. All information had to be written in German and French. Student managers, who act as the first contact persons for teachers and students, were trained in advance by IT.

It took about 1.5 years from the initial discussions with SWITCH to the completion of the project. Distance University IT spent in total one man-month developing and testing the technical implementation. In addition, project management and communication were particularly time-consuming.

Information campaign as key

The Distance University launched an information campaign in the summer of 2018, thus persuading 75% of the university members to create an edu-ID account. The scenario “Linking before day X” was used for current users. The creation/linking of the account was simple and user acceptance correspondingly high.
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Go for next Deployment Step

The project Deployment Step 2.2, submitted in February, is now approved by swissuniversities.

Participating Universities

From August on several universities will start the adoption planning, supported by federal funds in the framework of the Deployment Step 2 phase:

  • Berner Fachhochschule
  • Fachhochschule St. Gallen
  • Haute école spécialisée de Suisse occidentale
  • Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Chur
  • Hochschule für Wirtschaft Zürich
  • Pädagogische Hochschule Bern
  • Université de Neuchâtel
  • Zürcher Hochschule der Künste.

The following universities plan the implementation of SWITCH edu-ID in 2018/19:

  • FernUni
  • Hochschule Luzern
  • Pädagogische Hochschule Schwyz
  • Pädagogische Hochschule Zug
  • Université de Lausanne
  • Universität Luzern
  • Universität St. Gallen
  • Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften.

The list of participating organisations is regularly updated and available at https://projects.switch.ch/eduid/adoption/
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Swiss edu-ID Deployment: Next Steps

Project for Deployment Step 2 in 2018/19 submitted

Within this next project phase – once approved by swissuniversities – the first three universities will implement SWITCH edu-ID:

  • Université de Lausanne
  • Universität St. Gallen
  • Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften.

They’ve developed their individual integration plan during 2017 (Deployment Step 1). As the other four participating universities they have considerably contributed to elaborate and sharpen adoption scenarios for linking of new and current members and for managing affiliations.

Eleven universities will start implementation planning: Berner Fachhochschule, FernUni, Fachhochschule St. Gallen, Haute école spécialisée de Suisse occidentale, Hochschule Luzern, Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Chur (HTW Chur), Hochschule für Wirtschaft Zürich, Pädagogische Hochschule Bern, Pädagogische Hochschule Schwyz (PHSZ), Université de Neuchâtel and Zürcher Hochschule der Künste.

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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.

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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.

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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AAI & Swiss edu-ID Update 2016

Save the Date: Thursday 30 June 2016

This year the joint update event of SWITCHaai & Swiss edu-ID will take place for the third time – this year a little bit earlier – already dated June 30, as ever in Berne.

Note the date in your agenda for this all-day event where you will get up-to-date information about SWITCHaai, Swiss edu-ID version 2.0  and migration scenarios, as well as having opportunities for exchange with IdM/IAM specialists and service responsibles of other institutions.

Registration information follows later in this blog, AAI mailinglists and the Swiss edu-ID newsletter (swit.ch/swisseduid-announce).

Bye-bye Guest IdP – Welcome Swiss edu-ID

Since February 2012, SWITCH has operated the Guest Login Identity Provider (Guest IdP), which allowed users without a regular AAI account to access certain services. The Guest IdP has also allowed what was otherwise not possible with SWITCHaai: a quick and easy self-registration to access AAI services.

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