ACOnet Identity Federation
The ACOnet Identity Federation makes it easier to offer shared services across the whole (identity) federation. This is accomplished by extending the scope of an (electronic) identity, issued by any member of the federation, to be valid across the whole federation.
ACOnet's Identity Federation Policy specifies the relevant procedures and practices, as well as technology profiles describing implementation of the policy in terms of specific technologies.
There are two categories of members in ACOnet's Identity Federation:
- Identity Providers (IdP) - provide the required infrastructure for the authentication of users
- Service Providers (SP) - provide services to other federation members or allow access to resources.
Any ACOnet participant may act as both IdP and SP at the same time, whereas entities external to ACOnet may join as SPs, thus offering goods or services.
Currently, participation in the ACOnet Identity Federation is free of charge both for IdPs and for SPs. Any changes regarding fees need to be announced by July 1st of the preceeding year.