Unlocking global research and education collaboration.
eduGAIN is a fast-growing initiative that interconnects research and education identity federations around the world. It enables the trustworthy exchange of information between service providers and research and education institutions or other identity providers. This means simpler access to a wider range of online content, services and other resources that benefit collaboration in the research and education community.
provides access to all the online services that students, researchers and educators need while minimising the number of accounts users and service providers have to manage - reducing costs, complexity and security risks;
gives service providers access to a larger pool of users internationally, and allows users to access resources of peer institutions or commercial or cloud services using their one trusted identity.
With eduGAIN participants from more than 2,600 identity providers accessing services from 1900 service providers, eduGAIN has fast become the primary mechanism to interfederate for research and education collaboration around the world.
eduGAIN is a framework of Authorisation, Authentication and Identity (AAI) services that provide users across the research and education community with single-sign-on to thousands of service providers worldwide. Because eduGAIN is an interfederation service it links the AAI services of Identity Federations around the world to increase the flexibility and reach of these federations.
Built on the eduGAIN foundation are a range of services that leverage secure identity federation for the research and education community.
Federation as a Service: Designed to support identity federation operators by providing hosted metadata registry toolbox.
eduTEAMS: Built on top of eduGAIN, eduTEAMS aims to simplify the management of group and authorisation information. It enables the integration users from a wide range of environment, connecting them to specific services (such as instruments), and also to other generic services such as storage and compute provided by any eInfrastructure provider or even commercial entity.
InAcademia: InAcademia is a simple, one-button online service that allows online merchants to validate if a customer is a student or affiliated to an education institute in another way. It’s a low cost, easy to implement service providing lightening fast, entirely secure validation. InAcademia uses eduGAIN as the basis of its identity authentication process.
Various supporting tools for federations, identity and service providers are available on the eduGAIN technical site under the Tools section.
eduGAIN support, development and promotion in Europe is provided through the GÉANT (GN4) Project. The MAGIC and TANDEM projects are helping to promote eduGAIN uptake in other world regions.
The future development of the eduGAIN service and acceptance of members is driven by the eduGAIN Steering Group, which comprises representatives from each of its 42 member federations around the world. This group is provided with secretariat support by the GÉANT staff.
For more information visit the eduGAIN website.