COBWEB recently attended the simpleSAMLphp hackathon held in Utrecht, The Netherlands. simpleSAMLphp is an open source product commonly used to implement the SAML protocol (this allows a user to log on once for affiliated but separate websites). COBWEB makes use of simpleSAMLphp software in order to allow citizens to access the COBWEB Portal.
Attendees from seven different organisations came together mainly to prepare for a new release of simpleSAMLphp software. Building on the success of COBWEBs AIP6 achievements in enabling single sign on access across the COBWEB access management federation, Alex Stuart (EDINA) represented COBWEB and was able to broaden the consortiums understanding of simpleSAMLphp. The event presented opportunities to meet, learn from and exchange ideas with individuals and organisations, and to discuss complementary activities.