I recently attended Networkshop 35 at the University of Exeter and presented a short talk on The UK Federation and Shibboleth: Nuts and Bolts. The idea was to discuss some of the technical challenges involved in the interplay between the UK Access Management Federation for Education and Research and the Shibboleth software, and talk about some future solutions to some of the issues.
As you can see from the integrated slide and video version of the talk available
from the conference site, I knew in advance that I’d be short of time so on the
day covered only the first two main topics: metadata and discovery.
[2018-03-02: Updated to remove links to the JISC archive of the Networkshop 35
site, which no longer exists and which was not captured by the otherwise
reliable Wayback Machine. The video of the talk appears to be lost to
I didn’t want to lose my thoughts on “trust” in the federation context, though, so instead of deleting the slides entirely I left them attached to the published version of the presentation. You can download the slides if you’re interested.
The University of Exeter, where Networkshop 35 was held, is fairly photogenic. I’ve uploaded a few snaps to give the idea.