InAcademia for Institutions

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?

To find out how to enable InAcademia for your members contact the InAcademia team or refer to the Technical overview for more information on how to enable InAcademia at your institution.

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?

Country Service
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)
Registered Services

 

How does InAcademia differ to commercial organisations and student discount retailers that profit from eduGAIN?

The service is offered by GÉANT, the European collaboration of national research and education infrastructures, in partnership with key participants from the eduGAIN community. It is governed by a committee of stakeholders deriving from national identity federations across Europe and aims to operate in a manner that is in the interests of the whole European federated identity ecosystem. It was designed to channel income from the student discount market back to the federated identity community to help sustain eduGAIN.

Why is InAcademia a good option for Institutions?

Using InAcademia makes it easier for Institutions to connect to local, national and international third parties that offer services to campuses, students and staff using federated access by removing the need for any co-ordinated effort between Institution and merchant (whether contracts or technical development) at the point of enabling the service. This is because InAcademia makes it possible for Service Providers to make use of academic identities by using a lighter-weight, lower-maintenance, OIDC-compliant alternative to full federation membership. It works with eduGAIN for secure, private authentication and acts as a proxy service to service providers that only need to know if the user is a student or member of your institution. By providing a simple response to an affiliation claim InAcademia offers a uniform, trusted, privacy-preserving way for students to offer proof of academic affiliation. This protects users and removes the need for them to share personal data and documentation to prove their academic affiliation.

How are services selected for InAcademia?

There is a high demand in the retail and services sector to reach out to the student and academic population. The service team proactively identifies potential service providers to register to InAcademia, based on published eligibility criteria, but particularly focusing on companies that wish to use federated identities for commercial gain. Only organisations that are of interest to students and academics are considered for connection, and the Steering Committee oversees the onboarding of new entities, thereby ensuring that only entities acceptable to the academic community will be registered. Institutions that wish to refer services to InAcademia, are welcome to do so.