eduGAIN - Connecting Australian research capabilities globally via the Australian Access Federation.


eduGAIN is a metadata aggregation service run by GÉANT for the global higher education community. It is essentially a federation "peering" service that provides a common mechanism for metadata exchange among Higher Education and Research Federations.


The eduGAIN service routinely imports metadata from multiple participating federations, aggregates the metadata into a single signed document, and then serves the aggregate back to federations who then distribute it to their subscribing IdPs and SPs.


What does it means to be an IdP in eduGAIN

By joining eduGAIN as an AAF Identity Provider you are making services from around the globe available to your researchers, scholars and students.


Connecting your Identity Provider to eduGAIN

There are a number of steps required to connect your identity provider to eduGAIN. This article outlines these steps and provides links to supporting articles that provide all of the technical detail you require.

  • Assess whether your organisation is compliant or can comply with the SIRTFI (Security Incident Trust Framework for Federated Identity) guidelines for coordinating security incident responses in identity federations (optional but highly recommended).
  • Ensure your Identity Provider software is the latest Version and is regularly maintained
  • Ensure your Identity Provider can resolve all of the attributes that encompass the R&S bundle.
  • Configure your Identity Provide to release all of the attributes in the R&S bundle to all services that assert R&S.
  • Consume the AAF eduGAIN Metadata.
  • Request to join your service to eduGAIN, email support@aaf.edu.au .
  • Test and go-live.

After joining

After you have successfully joined your Identity Provider to eduGAIN it is recommended that you make your users aware. Here are some possibilities:

  • Notification on your IdP login page
  • Email campaigns and news letters to your research community

The message is about extended connectivity and collaboration opportunities by making your global service available to your research, scholars and students.