The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) calls for participation in the OGC Web Services Shibboleth Interoperability Experiment that will advance standards for implementing federated security in transactions involving geospatial data and services.
This Interoperability Experiment is initiated by Cadcorp. Cadcorp is a world leader OGC compliant GIS software based in UK. Cadcorp and its partners provide digital mapping and spatial management solutions to a wide variety of organizations across the globe. Assisting in development is the European Spatial Data Infrastructure with a Best Practice Network (ESDIN) project.
ESDIN is a EU eContentPlus project led by EuroGeographics and aims to assist member states with implementation of the INSPIRE Directive. One of the current ESDIN activities is advancing the security, access management and privacy used in operational spatial data infrastructure (SDI) using the Shibboleth technology. This will allow establishing operational strength access control to ensure data provided is only available to legitimate government agencies.
The IE will demonstrate use of SAML with OGC Web Services including use of Shibboleth. Shibboleth is an open source software package released by the Internet2 Consortium based on the Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) standard from OASIS. European National Mapping Agencies and leading European universities have been advancing the use of Shibboleth in operational SDIs as part of the activities of the Shibboleth Access Management Federation. This interoperability experiment is built on federation best practices and a previous ESDIN lead authentication Interoperability Experiment.
The software code and documentation, that may be used for this activity, will be made available by ESDIN on September 6th. It will facilitate participants to modify their OWS clients so they can work with Shibboleth.
A bird of feathers meeting will take place during the week of the OGC Technical Committee meeting in Toulouse, France, 20-23 September 2010. A virtual kickoff meeting will take place on September 30th. To finalize this activity a best practice report will be presented at the OGC Technical Committee meeting in Sydney, Australia, 29 November - 3 December.
For information and registration, see xxxxxx. The OGC contact person for this interoperability experiment is Luis Bermudez lbermudez [at] opengeospatial [dot] org.