Extended periods of a federation metadata unavailability result in the eduGAIN OT being swamped with automatic warning messages. To avoid that the technical participation suspension has been introduced.
If a federation feed is unavailable for an extended period of time (length to be decided but at least a month) due to either policy violations or metadata link unavailability, the federation is put into a technical suspension status under the provisions of section 3.6 of the eduGAIN Constitution (automatic suspension).
The eduGAIN OT will suspend the participation of an Identity Federation after one month (30 days) is passed from the expiration of the last valid upstream feed. On request of the Identity Federation, an additional one month of grace period could be granted before suspending the participation.
During the period of time ahead of the suspension the eduGAIN OT will continue to send automatic warning messages to the technical contact of the Identity Federation.
One week after the expiration of the last valid upstream feed, the eduGAIN Support will send the first suspension forewarn to inform the technical contacts of the Identity Federation that a failure in fixing the issue will lead to suspension.
After one week is passed with no effect from the first suspension forewarn, the eduGAIN Support will send the second suspension forewarn to the delegate and the deputy of the Identity Federation. The second suspension forewarn will also be sent to the technical contacts of the Identity Federation and the eduGAIN Chair. At this point, the eduGAIN Secretariat will work with the GÉANT Partner Relations and International Relations team to identify appropriate NREN senior contacts to discuss the problems with.
After one week is passed with no effect from the second suspension forewarn, the eduGAIN
Support Secretariat will send the third suspension forewarn to the management of the NREN or the Organisation to which the Identity Federation is affiliated with. The third suspension forewarn will also be sent to both the technical contacts and the delegate and the deputy of the Identity Federation and the eduGAIN Chair.
After one week is passed from the third suspension forewarn with no effect, or request of making use of the additional one month of grace period, the Identity Federation participation will be technically suspended.