REFEDS welcomes all those with an interest in identity federations to attend its meetings and contribute to the efforts of the group – you don’t need to be running a federation, you just need an enthusiasm for improving the way federated identity works. You can be as involved as you like – simply watch the list or sign up to one of our working groups for more active participation. Current REFEDS participants include federation operators, education institutions, commercial service providers, providers of identity solutions, and policy advisors.
The work of REFEDS is prioritised by the REFEDS Steering Committee based on the requirements of REFEDS participants.
All participants are invited to contribute to the direction of REFEDS via regular polls – you do not need to be a sponsor to help us define our direction, although we do ask you to read and consent to our IPR policy.
REFEDS work is divided into work packages, each led by a member of the REFEDS community.
The workplan for 2022 can be found on the wiki. The list of the work items is reported below.
- REFEDS Coordination and Management.
AIM: to progress REFEDS position as an important player within the access and identity management space internationally and to build on established relationships with the GÉANT project and other federation-related activities around the world.
- Specialist Working Groups.
AIM: to provide infrastructure and support for evolving ideas and areas in the REFEDS community. REFEDS currently supports the following FOG, SIRTFI, Assurance, Federation Trust 2.0, Federation Baseline, SPOG, and Entity Categories working groups. For more information please see the REFEDs wiki.
- Promotion and Communication.
AIM: to provide materials and support mechanisms to help federations promote effective approaches to IdPs and SPs and to provide feedback on documents produced by other groups to support clarity of message.
- Standards and Specifications.
AIM: to provide support for existing REFEDS pilots as well as for the new ones and to define a lightweight process for federation operators to work together on incident response management.
- REFEDS Services.
AIM: to continue to support the operation and maintenance of MET and the basic REFEDS infrastructure needs (website, wiki, and mailing lists).