Why InAcademia?

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 user is registered with a participating eduGAIN Identity Provider.

When you’re looking to target the student and academic community in your online sales plan, sometimes you need to be certain that the users claiming offers, discounts and services are entitled to do so. InAcademia is ideally positioned to provide a simple but trustworthy validation of “student-ness” or other academic affiliation for exactly that purpose! InAcademia provides a light-weight online...

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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 is brought to you by the same organisations that operate eduroam and MyAcademicID. Through its utilisation of 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...

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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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