Most experts agree that the future of authentication and authorization infrastructures depends on Open ID Connect standard. The forces of giants like Google and Microsoft behind this emerging standard are as impressive as the promise of a scalable and lightweight single sign-on (SSO) protocol is lucrative.
However, the currently dominant protocol for web SSO, SAML, is not quite dead yet and will remain so for some time. There are thousands of SAML based services in operation world wide catering for tens of SAML based identity federations. These will not go away overnight, although new Open ID Connect based services will soon start popping up. I believe we are headed in a future where SAML dinosaurs and Open ID Connect mammals will live side by side for some time.
To serve the research infrastructures today, the service providers need to know SAML. This is why the AARC project organized a hands-on workshop on SAML Service Provider installation and configuration in Manchester, UK on March 15 and 16. 2016. The audience consisted mainly of organizations that provide resources and services for the ELIXIR (life sciences) research infrastructure. The workshop was very well received by the audience, which encouraged the AARC project members to take a evolutionary step and do an improved version based on the same concept and training material in June 1 and 2 when DAASI International GmbH, a partner in AARC project, will arrange a service provider workshop in Tübingen, Germany for organizations that provide resources and services for the DARIAH (art and humanities) research infrastructure. The aim of the workshop is to help the service providers to make their resources and services available to the users of DARIAH throughout Europe.
For details see http://daasi.de/en/dariah-workshop/