Last week, after finally getting access to one of the new UAG servers I’ve begun working through Microsoft forefront UAG 2010 Administrator’s Handbook which details how to configure the software and hook different applications up to it. I’m not quite in a position to write anything more detailed than this at the moment but hopefully later in the week there will be more to say.

Open Athens LA is being installed by ICT. This will improve the flow of metadata between the university and services. It will also reduce the number of authentication screens for users.

Last week I started writing the case study about institutional uses of OAuth. I’ve written about 1800 words so far and I anticipate writing in the region of 5000-6000 words. I’m intending to have a first draft finished by the end of January when Chris Brown the programme manager for JISC AIM will be visiting us for the day to look over it and help us plan the last few months of the project.

This week I’m going to review Hawk, which is a new HTTP authentication standard by Eran Hammer. It is basis of another standard, Oz which Eran is proposing as an alternative to OAuth.