Benefits of Grouper
Benefits of using Grouper:
- The same groups are made available to many applications.
- Distributed authorities are able to directly manage access information.
- Sophisticated group management capabilities, such as subgroups and composite groups, are included to support many access management needs.
Grouper supports several modes of distributed group management:
- Per-group assignment of membership update privilege
- Per-group assignment of administration of all forms of access
- Per-naming stem assignment of entitlement to create groups within each namespace
- Per-group opt-in or opt-out entitlement
The University of Arizona's Grouper service currently programmatically generates and manages groups and memberships. A web interface that will enable departments to manage centrally-delegated and ad-hoc groups is in the planning stage. The currently-provided groups are:
- Course Groups of Students and Instructors
- Access to Grouper-provisioned data is provided via EDS and Shibboleth. Course groups can be accessed programmatically via EDS' REST and LDAP interfaces.