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1, 18, 43, and 1.3 million

1 government agency...

18 sponsored participants...

43 members...

1.3 million people...

so far.

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This is the current lineup of people, organizations, and companies impacted by the InCommon Federation of which Penn State is a member. With each passing semester, this organization and the trust fabric it helps to weave is making a big and positive difference in the daily information experience for Penn Staters.

NIH, library vendors, software vendors, third-party hosted serice providers, and man dozens of our peers are all connected. And during this academic year, we will see a handful of very large, very well known technology companies join in.

Some have criticized the speed with which InCommon has achieved its current size and stature. In some efforts, such a pace would be fair game. But the trust business is different than a pure technology business so some deliberation is to be expected and tolerated - mostly because it is necessary. Keep an eye out for more information coming out of InCommon and Penn State's involvement in it.

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Josh:

Is this related to the psu identity management group I think called Iam? I have heard the term "shebolith" tossed around for a couple years, is that also part of this?

It's related in the sense that InCommon is an organization that helps manage trust between entities - trust based on identity. So InCommon is in many Penn State IAM (http://its.psu.edu/IAM/) discussions, for sure.

Shibboleth(http://middleware.internet2.edu)
is a technology that enables using an identity in one realm (say Penn State) in another realm (say turnitin.com) to gain access to a service or resources. Instead of having to make a new account to manage access, you use the account you already have to assert your Penn Stateness.

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