Identity federations throughout the world including InCommon in the United States, SURFnet in the Netherlands, DFN-AAI in Germany, GakuNin in Japan, and the UK Access Management Federation for Education and
Research have made federated identities available for a large number of astronomers, astrophysicists, and other
researchers. The LIGO project has recently joined the InCommon federation and is beginning the process to
both consume federated identities from outside of LIGO and to make the LIGO identities issued to collaboration
members available for consumption by other research communities.
Consuming federated identity, however, is only the beginning. Realizing the promise of multi-messenger
astronomy requires efficient collaboration among individuals from multiple communities. Efficient collaboration
begins with federated identity but also requires robust collaboration management platforms providing consistent,
scalable identity and access control information to collaboration applications including wikis, calendars, mailing
lists and science portals. LIGO, together with collaborators from Internet2, is building the COmanage suite of
tools for Collaborative Organization Management. Using COmanage and leveraging federated identities we plan
to streamline electronic collaboration between LIGO and other astronomy projects so that scientists spend less
time managing accounts and access control and more time doing science.