What is eduGAIN

eduGAIN provides an efficient, flexible way for participating federations, and their affiliated users and services, to interconnect

Today, online services are crucial for research and education. Students, teachers, researchers and institution staff rely on them for collaboration through many web services. This can be for e-learning, tea​ching and conferencing, analysing and sharing data, accessing journals and libraries etc. Enabling easy and convenient access to users is a key part of delivering a service. Service providers do not want the headaches associated with issuing passwords to users, and the user does not want yet another password.

With just one trusted identity provided by user’s institution as part of an identity federation participating in eduGAIN, users can access services from other participating federations. Even better, it works with single sign-on (SSO), so that user needs to login only one time during a browser session.

R&E identity federations are typically deployed on a national level and use different architectures, systems and policies. eduGAIN enables identity federations to interconnect, so that participating institutions and services can collaborate without the need to establish individual bilateral connections.

 

Benefits of eduGAIN

Users, services and organisations who need to easily and securely manage access to services benefit from eduGAIN because identity federations enable them to reuse their existing systems to operate across borders without having to make many individual agreements.

eduGAIN is a global service. Around the world there are more than 55 federations participating in or in the process of joining eduGAIN, with more than 2,600 identity providers and 1,800 service providers.