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Yet another login and password? I just want to collaborate! How Single-Sign On and Federated Identity Can Streamline Collaboration for Science Projects

Presented by: Scott Koranda (University of Milwaukee-Wisconsin and The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory)
Category: Engineering Colloquia   Duration: 2 hours   Broadcast date: May 21, 2013
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The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) is a national facility, funded by the National Science Foundation, dedicated to the detection of gravitational waves from astrophysical sources. The LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC) is the world wide organization working to realize the full scientific potential of LIGO. With over 1,000 researchers from across five continents efficient electronic collaboration is a challenge, and the challenge is only amplified by the need to efficiently collaborate with non-LIGO astronomers and astrophysicists from around the world. Five years ago LIGO began the LIGO Identity and Access Management Project with the goal of streamlining access to collaboration resources on the web, the grid, and the command line. By adopting opensource and standards-based tools and embracing federated identity techniques LIGO has been able to significantly ease the burden on users, enhance collaboration, and increase security. I will discuss how bad things were, how we made them better, and the lessons learned during the journey.

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Scott's Presentation PDF document (.pdf)