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Newly launched eduGAIN service connects users to services

Key service delivers pan-European identity and federation

28 April 2011

The eduGAIN service, which connects users to services across Europe, today launches as a production service. This follows a highly successful pilot phase that involved a third of the federations from Europe's NRENs.

Europe's 19 education & research federations, and their many hundreds of identity and service providers, are nationally organised with no default international connectivity between them.

The eduGAIN service provides an efficient and flexible mechanism for participating federations to interconnect and, in doing so, allows service providers across Europe to address an audience across Europe, rather than just within their national borders.

Valter Nordh, eduGAIN Task Leader, explains that developing the eduGAIN service has been a major challenge. "The eduGAIN service has been constructed by connecting together the NRENs' own identity federations. There are significant technical and policy differences between these federations, so finding consensus has not always been easy. However, the pilot service was highly successful in identifying and resolving all most issues, so we are confident that we can now deliver a useful system not only for services developed within the GÉANT project, but also other non-project services connected to the partners¹ own
federations."

Further information can be found on the new eduGAIN website