UCT is the first South African university to benefit from SAFIRE’s eduGAIN membership
UCT has recently signed the Participation Agreement and joined SAFIRE, the South African Identity Federation. Furthermore, UCT has completed technical integration as an identity provider and thus becomes the first South African university to be able to benefit from SAFIRE’s membership of eduGAIN.
eduGAIN it is the web equivalent of the eduroam wireless roaming service — it is an academic inter-federation with 41 member countries from around the world. South Africa’s membership of eduGAIN will provide local academics, researchers and libraries with an easy way to log into over a thousand participating services worldwide using their home organisation’s username and password.
Federated identity services play an increasingly critical role in facilitating access to big science projects, and so South Africa’s participation in this space is an important milestone towards allowing South African scientists to collaborate in international research. Read more.