InAcademia is brought to you by the same organisations that operate eduroam and MyAcademicID. It 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, but without requiring the merchant to operate a service provider.
Why Use InAcademia?
From access-controlled library resources through to reduced-price streaming services and software, using InAcademia makes it easy for institutions to collaborate with retailers to offer valuable academic services and special discounts.
InAcademia makes it possible for Service Providers who have found it technically difficult to join an identity federation to make use of academic identities by providing a lightweight, secure service to third parties without the cost and complexity of developing individual facilities for your institution.
Users at institutions using InAcademia can benefit from multiple services, 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.
Identity federations and institutions can refer local, national and international merchants (third parties offering services to campuses, students and staff) for registration to InAcademia.
Is it trustworthy?
Because the student’s username and password are validated by the InAcademia endpoint using the eduGAIN interfederation, no institutional username or password information is requested, or stored by the merchant’s website during the transaction with InAcademia.
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 services/materials or unethical behaviour. Any surplus generated by InAcademia will be primarily used to fund the development of services for the academic trust and identity community.
How does it meet GDPR requirements?
InAcademia achieves privacy by design: InAcademia only releases confirmation or denial 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.
What do I have to do to use InAcademia?
Institutions that are not a member of a national federation are encouraged to find out more about using federated academic identities.
What services are registered with InAcademia?
|The Netherlands||Koninklijke Bibliotheek (KB)
SheerID (including Spotify International, Autodesk, Google, Tableau, Adobe Systems Inc, SoundCloud, TIDAL, Deezer, Act-3D, Codecademy, Clarivate, Alteryx, Back Market, DIRECTV, Bloomberg, phaseone, Capture One A/S, P.volve, alibaba, PMI and Business Insider)
|Germany||Register for https://studentenrabatt.com/|
|Denmark||SheerID (including streaming services such as Spotify)|
|Spain||SheerID Spotify, YouTube, Deezer, Tidal, Autodesk, Amazon, Adobe, Tableau and SoundCloud|
|France*||SheerID (including Spotify International, Autodesk, Deezer, Back Market, Google, Tableau, Adobe Systems Inc, TIDAL, SoundCloud, Code Academy, Bloomberg and Clarivate)|
*planned to start 1st March 2021