Institutional Web Management Workshop 2005: Whose Web Is It Anyway?
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Workshop Session B5: "Inter-institutional Authorisation using Shibboleth: Myths, Lies and the Truth"

This page provides details for the workshop session on "Inter-institutional Authorisation using Shibboleth: Myths, Lies and the Truth".

Inter-institutional Authorisation using Shibboleth: Myths, Lies and the Truth
John Dowland, Newcastle University
Managing access to restricted web resources is a complex problem. It is hard to find a generalised solution for a given institution due to the wide variety of infrastructures and procedures that might be employed. Inter-institutional sharing, which is becoming more and more in demand, introduces further problems. Shibboleth technology is touted as the ideal solution for both.
This workshop and will take a look at the complex problem of managing access to restricted content, including asking participants about their specific situations. We will introduce Shibboleth technology and how it tackles these problems, and provide materials including an executive summary of challanges to help you explain Shibboleth to coworkers and policy makers at your institution.
No prior knowledge of Shibboleth is needed - this is a strictly non-technical workshop.
Learning Outcomes:
At the end of the session participants will:
  • Be aware of the size of the authorisation problem and what challenges inter-institutional authorisation brings
  • Have an understanding of Shibboleth technology and the decentralised approach to Web access management
  • be provided with support materials to help explain Shibboleth to co-workers
Room Requirements:
PC and data projector. Also flip charts
Conference Room 3A (capacity 14/25). See venue details.
This session took place from 16:00-17:30 on Thursday 7th July 2005.
Contact Details
John Dowland
IAMSECT Project Officer
University of Newcastle
Tyne and Wear

Email: Jon.Dowland AT
Phone: +44 191 222 7938


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