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Renewed interest in security and single sign on

The Open Geospatial Consortium is calling for participation into an OGC Web Services Shibboleth Interoperability Experiment. This announcement anticipates of a couple of weeks the formalisation of the ESA sponsored "Best Practice" OGC Document OGC 07-118 describing the interfaces required to authenticate and (possibly) authorise users in a federated system of OGC Web Services for Earth Observation. The document OGC 07-118 has been supported by extensive discussions with European and national space Agencies like EUMETSAT, EUSC, CNES and DLR and has seen the contribution of active players in the Earth Observation industry like Spot Image. The ESA sponsored document discusess the authentication of Web services taking into account the bridge between different bindings and is kept open to Shibboleth or other http based softwares. This blossoming of initiatives shows a growing interest from institutions, agencies and industry for an harmonised authentication mechanism for next generation geospatial web services.

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