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The collaborative collaboration is the most important entity in SRAM. It links researchers to services, thus forming the point of control for who can access what.


  • People, typically researchers, can be invited to become member of a collaboration by sending an email from SRAM.
  • Members can be added to any number of groups within that collaboration. These groups can be used for authorization in the services.

Collaboration administration

  • One or more collaboration members are assigned the collaboration admin role.
  • Admins can connect their collaboration to any of the available services.
  • Admins can invite other researchers to join their collaboration.

Available services

Services that are available to your organisation can be enabled for the collaboration. Other services are not visible to enable.

If a service you would like to enable is not available, please let us know and we will be in contact to see what we can do.

Service compliance

We advise collaborations to check out the AARC Policy Development Kit (MOOC), which provides templates for all kinds of policies. The AARC Policy Development Kit also references aspects a collaboration could check to decide whether or not to use a service, like compliance:

  1. to the Research and Scholarship Entity Category (R&S),
  2. to the GÉANT Data Protection Code of Conduct ("CoCo"), with the intend to comply with v2 GDPR version of the Code of Conduct,
  3. with and use Sirtfi,
  4. to the REFEDS Assurance Framework.

SRAM checks the service for secure communications. For instance, when a SSL certificate is used, as a rule of thumb, it should have at least a "B" rating on If you would like to test your server for configuration issues, you can use the Qualys SSL labs server test at: 

Who can create collaborations

Only research collaborations for which a SURF member institution takes responsibility can create a collaboration.

SURF member institutions can sign up and can then configure who within the institution can create a collaboration. Some institutions allow anyone to create a new collaboration, some limit that functionality to certain people or roles, for instance to the research support team of the institution.

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