August 14, 2007 09:00 ET

JA-SIG Announces Immediate Availability of uPortal 2.6 and Central Authentication Service (CAS) 3.1

Award-Winning Higher Education Portal and Central Authentication Service Offer Major New Features

PRINCETON, NJ--(Marketwire - August 14, 2007) - JA-SIG, the non-profit, global consortium of higher education institutions dedicated to community-driven open source solutions, today announced the general availability of uPortal version 2.6 and CAS Server 3.1. uPortal is the EDUCAUSE Catalyst Award-winning enterprise portal framework built by and for the higher education community. CAS has been deployed on an international scale for trusted single-sign-on authentication since 2002. uPortal and CAS continue to evolve through contributions from the global community and are supported by resources, grants, donations, and membership fees from academic institutions, commercial affiliates, and non-profit foundations. JA-SIG membership information can be found at: The latest CAS release may be downloaded at: uPortal downloads may be found at:

uPortal 2.6 adds a number of key features, most notably the AJAX-based drag-and-drop support developed and piloted at Yale University. Distributed Layout Management, donated by SunGard Higher Education, has been made the default approach, and an attractive, CSS-based structure/theme/skin based on the successful myRutgers uPortal project now ships "out-of-the-box." In addition, numerous performance enhancements and underlying technology upgrades contributed by Unicon and others enhance uPortal's performance and flexibility. A full summary of new features may be found at

"Rutgers is really looking forward to deploying the uPortal 2.6 release," says William G. Thompson, Jr., Associate Director of Enterprise Systems and Services at Rutgers University. "The user experience is greatly enhanced by the work Yale has done, and proves that this mature platform can still evolve to meet our needs."

The CAS 3.1 release extends the utility of the authentication service by adding a number of requested features, including these major enhancements: An OpenID identity provider; support for Google Apps for Education (and Google accounts in general); ability to pass user attributes; a new, optional Services Management application that includes a registry of authenticated services; support for the SAML 1.1 standard; additional authentication handlers (SPNEGO, NTLM, RADIUS); a server-based single-sign-out protocol; and improved language support (German, Chinese, Japanese, and Swedish).

"We are very excited about the CAS 3.1 release, especially the inclusion of SAML 1.1 and attribute support," says Ken McCrery, Manager of Integration and Portal Services at Virginia Tech. "The new features will enable us to extend CAS authentication out to many new services on campus."

About CAS

CAS is an open source central authentication service built for and by the higher education community and utilized by hundreds of educational and commercial organizations internationally. Originating at Yale University and sponsored and enhanced by JA-SIG since 1994, CAS is deployed widely to provide enterprise-scale, trusted single-sign-on to a host of applications (including uPortal, Sakai, TikiWiki, Mule, Moodle, and many others) through community-supported CAS client libraries.

About uPortal

uPortal is the leading open source enterprise portal framework built for and by the higher education community. uPortal is built on open standards-based technologies such as Java and XML, and enables easy, standards-based integration with authentication and security infrastructures, single-sign-on secure access, and end user customization. It is one of the most widely deployed open source enterprise portal frameworks, having been adopted by hundreds of institutions and the eResearch community in over twenty countries.

About JA-SIG

JA-SIG, Inc. is a non-profit (501(c)3), international consortium of hundreds of educational institutions and commercial affiliates supporting community source software development and promoting open computing architectures for higher education. JA-SIG has been in operation for over seven years, holding bi-annual conferences and sponsoring community-driven, open source software applications like uPortal, the enterprise-grade portal solution; CAS, a flexible Central Authentication Service deployed for single-sign-on; and HyperContent, lightweight but powerful web content management. For more information, visit the JA-SIG website at

Contact Information

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