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ERIC Number: EJ801084
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-1065-0741
Towards Interconnecting the Nordic Identity Federations
Tveter, Walter M.; Melve, Ingrid; Linden, Mikael
Campus-Wide Information Systems, v24 n4 p252-259 2007
Purpose: This paper aims to outline considerations for trust management between established national identity federations in education and research. It also aims to discuss policy issues related to cross-federation and to compare existing academic identity federations. The paper seeks to investigate Nordic national federations and to introduce the Kalmar Union as a means of interconnecting the Nordic federations. Design/methodology/approach: The paper discusses various issues in the policy of a cross-federation, and suggests further work for developing the Kalmar Union Charter. Findings: The paper finds that the technology used in federated identity management becomes more and more standardised, the technological challenges in making cross-federations become fewer. Therefore, the remaining obstacles seem to be missing legislative know-how, causing lack of sound information for decision makers. Thus, in an identity federation, trust establishment is, in the first place, a policy issue, not a technical one. Originality/value: In recent years, several identity federations have been established in higher education around the world. Existing federations have a national scope, but the need for cross-border services has led to the first interconnects of national federations. The Kalmar Union has been established as a cross-federation of the Nordic academic identity federations. (Contains 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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