LIGO Document G1200682-v1

Enabling efficient electronic collaboration between LIGO and other astronomy communities using federated identity and COmanage

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Identity federations throughout the world including InCommon in the
United States, SURFnet in the Netherlands, DFN-AAI in Germany,
GakuNin in Japan, and the UK Access Management Federation for
Education and Research have made federated identities
available for a large number of astronomers, astrophysicists,
and other researchers. The LIGO project has recently joined
the InCommon federation and is beginning the process to both
consume federated identities from outside of LIGO and to make
the LIGO identities issued to collaboration members available
for consumption by other research communities.

Consuming federated identity, however, is only the beginning.
Realizing the promise of multi-messenger astronomy requires
efficient collaboration among individuals from multiple
communities. Efficient collaboration begins with federated
identity but also requires robust collaboration management
platforms providing consistent, scalable identity and access
control information to collaboration applications including
wikis, calendars, mailing lists and science portals. LIGO,
together with collaborators from Internet2, is building the
COmanage suite of tools for Collaborative Organization
Management. Using COmanage and leveraging federated
identities we plan to streamline electronic collaboration
between LIGO and other astronomy projects so that scientists
spend less time managing accounts and access control and more
time doing science.

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