InAcademia uses eduGAIN as the basis of its identity authentication process.  There are a number of technical terms used within InAcademia to describe the process and the key stakeholders of the authentication system. These include:

Affiliated: An affiliation type asserting that at least one other affiliation type applies to the user.

Affiliation types: One of the following values: affiliated, employee, faculty, student

Employee: An affiliation type describing an individual who works part-time or full-time under a contract of employment at the Institution, and has recognized rights and duties

Faculty: An affiliation type describing an employee of an Institution who has specific duties around learning, teaching and/or research

Institution: An institution is an organisation which fulfills at least one of the following criteria:

  • the organization is dedicated to education and research and grants academic degrees according to ISCED 2011 [ISCED] or equivalent internationally recognized degree levels.
  • the organization is a research library or archive
  • the organization is primarily dedicated to conducting research
  • the organization is a teaching hospital
  • any organization explicitly denoted as an education and research institution by a government entity in the jurisdiction where the claim of being a education and research institution is made
  • the funding mechanism (private, public or mixed) is not a factor in the definition. For instance, privately funded research institutions may be included if they fulfill at least one of the criteria above.

Merchant: An e-commerce organisation that provides his customers (user) access to InAcademia.

Student: An affiliation type describing a person who is enrolled at or attends classes at an institution.

User: Persons who use InAcademia to prove their affiliation type towards a third-party.

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