Jasig-Sakai 2012 was a great conference last week, and it included oodles of good CAS-related sessions. In this blog post I highlight some of the richness.
Meta about resources
Linked below are the Jasig wiki pages for these sessions, many of which already have slideware attached and slides in SlideShare.net linked from and and embedded in those pages.
The OpenCast Matterhorn project generously recorded sessions at Jasig-Sakai 2012 as well. I don't believe these recordings are available yet, but I hope to see them soon.
Sessions about CAS: Goldilocks style
I gave an eight minute lightning talk summarizing CAS and news in the project intended for a diverse, merged Sakai-Jasig audience.
On the other end of the size spectrum, I gave a three hour seminar on CAS implementation intended for new CAS adopters.
Rounding out the slate of basic CAS sessions, I gave a What's new in CAS 3.5 presentation as well.
Sessions about CAS implementations: adopters taking advantage of CAS design for extension
The conference featured some great sessions about doing neat things with CAS in local CAS implementation and customization projects. These included presentations on implementing coarse-grained centralized access control in CAS, hurricane-proof high availability CAS, Columbia's achieving WIND-compatibility in CAS as a smooth upgrade path strategy (and handily picking up single sign-on into Google Apps for Education on the way), and a tech demo of multifactor authentication in CAS.
There was also a session about using CAS and Shibboleth effectively in concert, a strategy Unicon's helped several schools successfully implement, achieving supple within-campus single sign-on experiences while also participating in federation and speaking excruciatingly rigorous SAML2 via the Shibboleth IdP.
Sessions about Identity Management more Generally
A presentation on CIFER (Community Identity Framework for Education and Research) laid out a big picture of open source identity management in higher education, with the single sign-on problems addressed by CAS in leveraging identities a really very small piece of the big identity landscape.
One piece of the open source identity management landscape bigger than single sign-on is Grouper, which is awesome middleware handling groups, roles, attributes, permissions, memberships, delegated administration over all of this, with point-in-time audit goodness. I'm very excited about Grouper with its 2.0 release delivering something that's compelling to adopt today (as demonstrated by numerous current and in-process adopters) and a responsive focus on improved user interface for the 2.1 release, addressing what seems to be the next largest issue in this blossoming open source product. Good stuff. Unicon institutionally shares my excitement, launching Cooperative Support for Grouper soon before this conference.
The Jasig-Sakai 2012 conference was full of good sessions, introductions, and connections about CAS and the larger landscape of open source identity management capability in higher education. I appreciated the conference. I expect many other attendees got a lot out of it in person. It's already yielded a wealth of online materials from these sessions, with the prospect of even more materials to come.
And something totally different
This bit has nothing to do with CAS or identity management, but I can't resist. The most exciting new open source project I saw at the conference is Student Success Plan. It lies delightfully at the juxtaposition of the kind of open source middleware (CAS single sign on, uPortal enterprise portal, Bedework public event calendar) that Jasig has excelled at and the higher education learning and collaboration domain-aligned work of the Sakai Foundation, and so I see Student Success Plan as the kind of project that could particularly thrive in a combined Jasig-Sakai organization.