28/06/18 – The largest educational institution in the Faroe Islands, Glasir, today completed its...
27/06/18 – On Monday 2 July WAYF will initiate roll-out of its new software platform in production. User experience will be basically the same as with the platform used up until now. A couple of things, however, will be...
21/06/18 – The eIDAS initiative will, over time, make it possible to access electronic services in other EEA countries using the national digital identity held by a person or a business in the EEA country of residence or establishment, respectively. For...
21/06/18 – NemLog-in through WAYF was down briefly on June 21, in the morning. According to the Danish Agency for Digitisation, WAYF was but one of many NemLog-in brokers with technical challenges on that morning.
04/06/18 – Up until now, it has been possible to test an integration with WAYF in a special testing environment, i.e. using special testing metadata for WAYF in the integrator's SAML2-server. That testing environment, however, has now been discontinued. In future, it will instead be...

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.

  • In terms of personal data protection law, WAYF is data processor on behalf of each identity provider and service provider connected.

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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Partners

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.