InAcademia works with eduGAIN for secure, private Authentication and leverages the federated identity services provided by eduGAIN acting as a proxy service to service providers that need only validate the academic affiliation of a user. By utilising eduGAIN, InAcademia is the real-time, digital equivalent of showing a student card to service providers that offer discounts or provide access to products and services that are reserved only for academia. InAcademia validates affiliation with a home institution via a simple interface without transferring any personal data to the service provider (see Technical Overview’), without requiring the merchant to operate a service provider.
Why Use InAcademia?
From discounted library services through to reduced price software and IT, using InAcademia, makes it easier for institutions to collaborate with suppliers to offer valuable services and special discounts to your student population and wider academic communities.
InAcademia provides a lightweight, secure service to third parties without the cost and complexity of developing individual facilities for your institution.
InAcademia makes it easier for Institutions to connect to local, national and international merchants (third parties offering services to campuses, students and staff), where access to the merchants’ service requires proof that its users are eligible to benefit from those services. Institutions only need to maintain interaction with InAcademia in order to benefit from multiple services. This is because InAcademia makes it possible for Service Providers who have found it technically difficult to join an identity federation to make use of academic identities, and the relative ease of implementation and support effort is expected to lead to a greater number and variety of services available to end users.
Is it Safe?
Because the student’s username and password are validated by the InAcademia endpoint using eduGAIN interfederation, no institutional username or password information is requested, or stored by the merchant’s website. This means the information is kept secure.
The service is governed by a committee of national federation operators that are tasked with ensuring that InAcademia operates in the interests of the academic and education community. Furthermore, InAcademia will not partner with any merchant that exploits or promotes illegal, improper, offensive or unethical behaviour or materials.
To find out how to enable InAcademia for your members contact the InAcademia team
How does it meet GDPR requirements?
InAcademia achieves privacy by design: InAcademia only releases confirmation of academic affiliation (and country/home institution where configured to do so) in response to a service provider’s request for a specific set of attributes (see Technical Overview’), so you can trust that it is privacy preserving.