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As a principle requirements for federation feeds must be based on either general standards to which eduGAIN SAML profile adheres or on the eduGAIN SAML profile. In the case of standards, the experience shows that certain violations are only discovered when reported by participating federations - not all such violations are reported by standard schema validation tools, ot in fact not all are just schema errors. Whenever a new problem is reported, even if it is in fact a standards violation, it is first raised to the eduGAIN SG. In the same time, eduGAIN OT contacts federations whose metadata feeds cause the problem and points out that the error should be rectified. After the SG has decided that a new requirements should be implemented and a suitable grace period is set, the new validator rule is implemented by the eduGAIN OT, initially as a warning and after the agreed grace period has passed, as an error. the OT makes an assessement whether it inf fact violates a required standard and if so then:

  • the OT implements a new validator rule initially as a warning;
  • The OT informs the SG about adding a nev validation rule together with an assessement of which federations may be affected by it and suggests a grace period, after which the new rule will start generationg an aggregation error;
  • SG members will be given the opportunity to request a longer time-frame, and eduGAIN Support will work with any participants that are currently breaching this requirement to fix the issues before the grace period ends.

Every rule is documented in the [eduGAIN-meta]  .

When raising an error, the validator points to the specific rule in  [eduGAIN-meta]  .

Introduction of new best current practices for federation metadata feeds