The Shibboleth Project – Internet2 Middleware has released the first production version of Shibboleth — (cool name, eh?).This project is..
“..developing architectures, policy structures, practical technologies, and an open source implementation to support inter-institutional sharing of web resources subject to access controls. In addition, Shibboleth will develop a policy framework that will allow inter-operation within the higher education community.”
I first saw this demonstrated last winter — with a WebCT-Shibboleth – Web Assign – OSU libraries (I think) project – see it at: http://shibboleth.internet2.edu/docs/demo-instructions.html.
Pretty exciting stuff… being able to pass from system to system, without having to reauthenticate. This type of functionality will be important to our intra-and inter-institutional efforts (like the Integrated Lab networks!).
Now all I have to do is understand how it works…
Wait… somebody here with technical wizardry has to understand how this works! I just NEED it to work!