Why InAcademia?

Many institutions offer students and staff special discounts or deals. Whether student railcards, free or discounted software and services, or even clothes and concert tickets, the academic community and commercial organisations work together to bring services to the student and academic population to help them optimise their academic experience without breaking their budgets. Inside a physical store it is reasonably easy to reliably identify students and staff through identity cards, passes or union cards but for online services it can be much harder and more expensive to do.

Requiring students to submit scanned copies of their identity cards or other documentation takes effort: it requires high security measures for transfer and storage, and creates an administrative burden to manually check and verify the documentation supplied, making the process of offering special deals time consuming and costly.

This can create a barrier to offering discounts to research and education, thus limiting the number of services that can be accessed by the academic community.

InAcademia removes slow, costly and manual validation processes, by providing merchants with a quick, easy, reliable and secure way to verify identities, provided the student is registered with a participating eduGAIN Identity Provider.

When you’re looking to target the student community in your online sales plan, sometimes it’s necessary to create complex relationships with academic institutions, but when all you need is a simple but trustworthy validation of “student-ness” to validate that a customer is entitled to receive an academic discount or service, InAcademia is ideally positioned to support the simple validation of...

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InAcademia leverages the existing eduGAIN service acting as a proxy service to service providers that need only validate the academic affiliation of a user. Offering InAcademia via your Federation offers a lighter weight option for SPs, therefore, potential SPs can be offered an entry-level, low-maintenance alternative to joining the federation, increasing the number of services available to IdPs...

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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...

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InAcademia allows you to request verification in real-time using trusted authentication services without having to subscribe to, or offer your services through, a market place or third-party portal. The Koninklijke Bibliotheek (KB) is the national library of the Netherlands. Driven by the power of the written word they further intellectual development, proficiency and creativity in the...

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