Federated Identity Management.nrw



Thomas Eifert

Deputy Project Management


+49 241 80 28790



The number of services offered by universities in NRW is growing steadily thanks to the support of DH.NRW and the Ministry of Culture and Science. Therefore, there is also an increased need to offer these services across universities. IDM.nrw has set itself the task of enabling or simplifying federated (cross-university) access to these services. Thus, they can be used by members of higher education institutions at any time and from anywhere using only the access data of their home institution.

The feasibility study Federated Identity Management.nrw started in April 2019 and was successfully completed in September 2020. Within this framework, the need for federated identity management was proven based on service surveys and expert interviews.

In order to finally implement the project, the follow-up project Federated Identity Management.nrw did start in September 2021 with a duration of three years.

Together to the Goal

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