04/02/19 – Learnmark Horsens has now re-joined WAYF as an identity provider. Consequently, students and staff here now again have the ability to identify with their Learnmark user...
01/02/19 – The on-line medium, Altinget, has now been connected to WAYF. Consequently, premium content on the website is now accessible with user accounts from subscriber institutions also...
01/02/19 – January, 2019 was WAYF's first month with more than 3m logins. Ever since operations began back in 2008, login traffic through WAYF's hub servers has been increasing steadily. And growth appears to be continuing. Development in WAYF's traffic figures can be followed at the...
07/12/18 – Since 2011, service and identity providers have had to maintain their metadata in WAYF's registry using the system, JANUS. We now, however, retire JANUS, replacing it by a new system, mEdit: mEdit has been implemented as an extension to WAYF's metadata tool,...
28/11/18 – The large career portal for students and graduates, Graduateland, has now joined WAYF as a service provider. Consequently, Danish educational institutions subscribing to...

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Facts on WAYF

  • WAYF is a digital infrastructure — roughly, a set of servers on the net — connecting institutional user databases and login systems with external web services.
  • With WAYF, you log in at your academic institution in order to gain access to a restricted web service outside of the institution's own login system — as indicated on the above figure and detailed here.

  • WAYF makes it easy for an institution to share a restricted web service with other institutions, or to use a restricted web service operated outside of the institution's own login system.

  • WAYF makes a large number of prospective, verified users available to the provider of a restricted web service, and saves him the trouble of maintaining login credentials for his users — effectively outsourcing this to the users' academic institutions.

  • WAYF correspondingly saves staff and students the trouble of having to remember distinct credentials for each web service they access outside of their institution.

  • On the basis of user information transferred from the user’s institution on each login attempt, the service provider determines whether the user should be granted access to the service.

  • Whenever a user attempts to access a web service, WAYF transfers only the minimum of information about him necessary for the service provider to be able to deliver the service to him.

  • WAYF does not store the user's personal information permanently, only for a few milliseconds whenever he attempts to log into a web service connected to WAYF.

Identity across

WAYF – Where Are You From is Denmark's identity federation for research and education. We enable institutional digital identities (institutional login credentials, user accounts) to be used outside of the login systems of the issuing academic institutions.

Operating status

Normal operation

No known service interruption at the moment.

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WAYF is a member of REFEDS, the international organisation for identity federations within research and education.

NORDUnet A/S provides safe and stable operation of WAYF's central servers and systems.

WAYF is a participant in eduGAIN, a global collaboration to enable use of digital identities across federations.