Liberty adoption is apparent in the eScience sector as well, as scientists are utilizing the specifications to add security, functionality and user control to many different types of applications. This appears to be an area of high growth for the foreseeable future as many new types of projects are emerging.

In the chart below, please note that “Liberty Federation” is used to indicate any of the standards in the Liberty Federation family of specs (ID-FF 1.x, 2.0 and SAML 2.0).

Organization Description Technology Reach
ALF The goal of the ALF project is to solve the ALM integration problem in a way that is vendor neutral and platform independent using recognized industry standards supporting loosely-coupled interactions between ALM tools. ALF is run by Eclipse, an open source community whose projects are focused on building an open development platform comprised of extensible frameworks, tools and runtimes for building, deploying and managing software across the lifecycle. Liberty protocols and SAML Members include major technology vendors, innovative start-ups, universities, research institutions and individuals

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ChinaGrid Created by the Chinese Ministry of Education, ChinaGrid is one of the largest grid computing projects in the world. User information is exchanged between repositories using SAML 2.0, HP technology It will eventually connect 200,000 students at 100 Universities across China

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CROWN: China Research and Development Environment Over Wide-area Network E-Science Supports SAML 2.0 Grid project involving five universities and several pilot activities
DFN (the German NREN-National Research and Education Network) DFN will be deploying SAML as a local federation. It is “under construction” and will use Shibboleth, and therefore SAML. Once Shibboleth 2 and OpenSAML2 are released, they will most likely use SAML 2.0 directly.

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GeoGrid An eScience infrastructure that integrates global earth observation Using SAML 2.0

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Georgetown University’s Advanced Research Computing Facility (ARC) A shared computing infrastructure for Georgetown’s numerous leading medical and research facilities Shibboleth and SAML 2.0

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Globus An open source software toolkit used for building grid systems and applications. In the process of integrating SAML 2.0 and XACML 2.0 authorization interface A growing number of projects and companies are using the Globus Toolkit to unlock the potential of grids for their work.
GridShib, an NSF-funded project between NCSA and the University of Chicago The goal of GridShib is to allow interoperability between the Globus Toolkit® with Shibboleth®. As a result, GridShib enables secure attribute sharing between Grid virtual organizations and higher-educational institutions. The group is integrating federated authorization infrastructure (Shibboleth) with Grid technology (the Globus Toolkit) to provide attribute-based authorization for distributed scientific communities. It uses SAML 2.0 meta data.

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GridwiseTech and Virolab Secure virtual library for European researchers and medical doctors working on HIV treatments SAML, Shibboleth

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OMII- Europe, Open Middleware Infrastructure Institute for Europe OMII- Europe seeks to demonstrate that interoperable Grids can be built from standards-compliant Web Services and to deliver a set of quality-assured services, sourced from open source repositories, able to be used on the principal Grid infrastructures in use in Europe today. They seek to define and implement Web services compliant with the SAML Authorization model Sixteen partners (8 European, 4 USA, 4 China), designed to benefit e-infrastructure providers, e-science users and e-science application developers

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SORMA Deals with the development of methods and tools for an efficient market-based allocation of resources, through a self-organizing resource management system, using market-driven models supported by extensions for Grid infrastructures. This group is just beginning a SAML 2.0-based project Twelve partners from academia and business

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UNICORE A Grid computing technology that provides seamless, secure, and intuitive access to distributed Grid resources such as supercomputers or cluster systems and information stored in databases. UNICORE was developed in two projects funded by the German ministry for education and research (BMBF). Using SAML-based VOMS for Authorization within Web Services-based UNICORE Grids UNICORE is used in daily production at several supercomputer centers worldwide. Beyond this production usage, UNICORE serves as a solid basis in many European and international research projects.


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