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Project Moonshot is a Janet-led initiative, in partnership with the GÉANT project and others, to develop a single unifying technology for extending the benefits of federated identity to a broad range of non-Web services, including Cloud infrastructures, High Performance Computing & Grid infrastructures and other commonly deployed services including mail, file store, remote access and instant messaging. The goal of the technology is to enable the management of access to a broad range of services and applications, using a single technology and infrastructure. This is expected to significantly improve the delivery of these services by providing users with a common single sign-on, for both internal and external services. Service providers will be able to more easily offer their services to users from other organisations using a single common authentication mechanism. This will enhance the user’s experience, and reduce costs for those organisations supporting users, and delivering services to them. This group is for community of Moonshot users, whether you're new to the technology, you're currently evaluating and getting to grips with it, or you've deployed it. For the list of guidance available about Moonshot within this group, see the Start Here wiki page. Jisc Assent, the production service underpinned by the Moonshot technology, went live on 25th March 2015. For information on, or to join the Jisc Assent service, please visit http://www.jisc.ac.uk/assent

Collaborative work on Shibboleth & Moonshot continues

6 September 2013 at 5:06pm

JISCJanet and Internet2 recently announced the next stage in their collaborative work on Shibboleth and Project Moonshot.

Both these technologies are the building blocks in the provision of existing and future access and identity management services. Shibboleth is the most popular software in use within the UK federation, providing organisations with the ability to provide federated single sign-on access to a wide range of web-based services. Project Moonshot software is in a trial phase in advance of the deployment of operational services and gives access to a wide range of non web-based services, such as online storage.

The announcement clarifies how these two technologies fit together and sets out how JISC, Janet and Internet2 intend to continue to develop and innovate in the area of access and identity management. This will result in improvements to current and future services to customers in the research and education sectors. These federated access services will contribute to driving down the cost of administrating access management systems as well as providing solutions for providing secure access to cloud based resources.

Shibboleth is developed by the Shibboleth Consortium supported by Internet2, JISC and SWITCH. Project Moonshot is led by Janet with funding from JISC.

The announcement is as follows:

Collaboration between JISC and Internet2

24th April 2012

Internet2 and JISC are committed to work together in developing Moonshot and Shibboleth as a combination of complementary technologies that fulfil the access management needs of the research and education community.

Moonshot technology builds on eduroam and Shibboleth to maximise existing investment and to exploit the benefits created by converging these approaches.

Moonshot

Project Moonshot is a Janet-led initiative, in partnership with the GÉANT project and others, to develop a single unifying technology for extending the benefits of federated identity to a broad range of non-web services, including Cloud infrastructures, High Performance Computing & Grid infrastructures and other commonly deployed services including mail, file store, remote access and instant messaging.

The goal of the technology is to extend the management of access to this broad range of services and applications, using a single technology and infrastructure. This is expected to significantly improve the delivery of these services by providing users with a common single sign-on, for both internal and external services. Service providers will be able to more easily offer their services to users from other organisations using a single common authentication mechanism. This will enhance the user’s experience, and reduce costs for those organisations supporting users, and delivering services to them.

Moonshot provides a novel approach to establishing trust between network hosts and services, which may significantly improve the flexibility, robustness and scalability of federated services, such as eduroam.

The organisations have explicitly agreed:

  • to continue to collaborate on the ongoing standardisation work within the IETF, in both technical and policy related areas;
  • that the Moonshot and Shibboleth technologies and services are complementary, with Moonshot demonstrating a solution to use cases involving both network and application access;
  • a shared vision of a global interoperable system serving research, education and commercial markets;
  • to continue to work together to address open issues and constraints within the technical, policy, governance and regulatory areas;
  • to support future development of and continued investment in Shibboleth;
  • to continue to work on growing the collaborative infrastructure through scalable access control;
  • to seek wider collaboration with other NRENs, including working with REFEDS  and establishing an international governance group.

Further information

Moonshot
Shibboleth
GEANT
REFEDS
eduroam