Based on the basic concepts developed in the feasibility study, the current project Federated Identity Management.nrw will design final concepts with the help of use cases and make these concepts available to the universities in NRW.

This project phase is divided into the following pillars and associated responsibilities:

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In addition to the technical component, coordination and agreement between the individual higher education institutions in NRW will be an important factor.

DFN-AAI already provides a solution for federated access to web-based services. It creates the necessary relationship of trust as well as an organizational and technical framework for the exchange of user information between institutions and service providers.

IDM.nrw is by no means a competing product. Rather, the project extends the already existing infrastructures within the framework of a NRW-subfederation in DFN. In addition to the evaluation of (new) technologies, NRW-wide standards are to be established in several points in close cooperation with the universities and the DFN-AAI:

  • Common attributes
  • Central groups of persons
  • Uniform role and rights management
  • Development of standard interfaces

The already existing cooperation with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT-SCC) will be intensified in this project. At the same time, the universities in Baden-Württemberg are planning the two-year project "bwIDM2" as a follow-up project to "bwIDM". In the form of an alliance bwIDM and IDM.nrw, the two projects from NRW and Baden-Württemberg will jointly develop concepts. The aim is to work synchronously in order to advance the project together and to benefit from synergy effects. In particular, the work package Evaluation of (new) Technologies will be developed jointly.

For the universities several advantages result from a federated IDM:

  • Easy and uncomplicated use of web-based as well as non-web-based services in NRW with members of other universities.
  • Less effort in maintaining personal data and lifecycle management
  • Less bureaucracy due to elimination of paper applications
  • Reduction of manual intervention and reduction of personnel costs
  • Learning of new technologies
  • Unified understanding of roles and rights
  • Standardized attributes
  • Unified understanding of central persons groups
  • Easy and secure transfer of roles and rights between universities
  • Creation of a local basis for participation in national and Europe-wide activities

The universities in NRW will be involved in the project throughout its duration. Twice a year, statewide workshops will be held to present current developments and results and to solicit the opinions of the universities. This is to ensure that the concepts can be implemented at all universities.

Further information can be found on the website of IDM.nrw.