Implementation Roadmaps

Extending the Reach

Future Events

Internet 2



Extending the Reach Program

NMI-EDIT has concluded, as it was tied to a specific NSF program that is no longer active. For updates and current information about identity and access management tools and practices developed by the Internet2 Middleware Initiative (I2MI), InCommon, and the EDUCAUSE Identity and Access Management Working Group.
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To prototype scaling the outreach efforts, NMI-EDIT developed a program for higher-education related communities that might also be interested in the benefits that identity management could provide. State higher-education systems and state education networks were chosen as logical audiences, since they both had established working relationships, existing member education and communication channels, and, in many cases, similar drivers among the multiple institutions.

The Extending the Reach (ETR) Call for Proposal was released in May of 2004 with overall vision of exploring possible models to scale the outreach work and inform the NMI-EDIT development efforts through collaboration with this wider, more diverse group of institutions. The main goals for the ETR Program were


The University of Alaska, University of Texas, California State University, and the Great Plains Network Consortium were chosen as partners to explore this scaling opportunity.

Though the goals of the four participant consortia shared many commonalities, the individual projects addressed very different challenges. Results of the ETR Program can be further explored by viewing the individual case studies submitted by each of the participant institutions:

For more background information on the ETR program, review the final report. If your institution is interested in sharing middleware related resources with other campuses and/or participating in other NMI-EDIT outreach activities, send mail to