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On May 13th 2020 we'll host an event at our office in Utrecht where we  start with an introduction of SURFconext, followed by a hackathon where the people from the SURFconext team will help connecting your service in a hands-on way. Interested? Visit https://www.surf.nl/agenda/introductie-surfconext-gevolgd-door-hackathon to register.

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You have landed on the introduction page of SURFconext. From here on you can learn what SURFconext can do for you and how to get connected, for both Identity Providers as well as Service Providers. Read on and find out more about the following:

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If you are a student, a teacher or an end-user of any kind and you are looking for support on how to use SURFconext you can read our end-user documentation here.

What can you do with SURFconext?

SURFconext offers 'Single Sign On'-access to a large and increasing number of online services. Almost 120 About 200 Dutch organisations organizations in the area of secondary vocational-, higher education and research are already using theseSURFconext for this. Amongst Among the most used services are : Brightspace, SURFspot, Blackboard, Google Apps for Education , SURFspot, Legal Intelligence and several library services. Check out the video below to get an introduction to SURFconext in less than 3 minutes.


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titleIdentity Providers

An Identity Provider (IdP) is an organization which provides information about the identity of a user that makes authentication of a user possible. Examples of Identity Providers are Universities and research institutions. These organizations deliver the identities for their students and employees.

Documentation for Identity Providers (Dutch)

                

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titleService Providers

A Service Provider (SP) is an organization which delivers content and services that are available via the internet. For example: Web shops, video services and publishers but also educational institutions which offer online courses for students from other institutions. Examples are SURFspot, Google Apps for Education and , Edugroepen, Blackboard, etc.

Documentation for Service Providers (English)

What advantages does SURFconext offer for my

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The group of almost 120 organisations organizations (check out our connected IdP's) in The Netherlands who use SURFconext, consists consist of universities, university hospitals and tertiary medical teaching hospitals, universities of applied sciences and research , research institutions and senior secondary vocational education institutions. Together they represent a group of about 1.5 million users. These users generate almost 2 milion millions of logins per month, using more than 100 and use over a thousand different cloud services. SURFconext allows users to have access to services offered by multiple Service Providers using only 1 account. Besides this, SURFconext facilitates online collaboration in the cloud, both . This can be done between users within of the same organisation organization as well as users between users from different organisationsorganizations.

For IdP's

If you connect your organisation organization to SURFconext, you will enjoy the following advantages:

  • By connecting to SURFconext only once, your users will have access to all available you can easily provide users access to any of the connected services.
  • You don't have to implement and maintain a custom made connection to each service or Service Provider seperatelyseparately.
  • You can regulate authorisation authorization for entire groups of students and employees easily.
  • The number of available services is ever growing by the day, since more and more organisations organizations choose to use SURFconext.
  • You can integrate your internal authorization resources with SURFconext.SURFconext offers more flexible and cheaper licences
  • Integrates perfectly with SURFsecureID for strong authentication.
  • Easy integration of services thanks to open standards.
  • Also available on mobile devices.

For SP's

For end users

  • Simple, secure access to cloud services with the institution's account. In other words, no need for separate user accounts with the hassle of passwords for individual services 
  • Single sign-on: authenticate once, and as long as your session is valid (often a day), you can access other SURFconext connected services without signing in again.
  • We try to minimize what data the Service Provider receives in order to protect your privacy. We can even replace identifiers with pseudonyms for extra privacy.
  • It is always clear with which services your data is being shared, on your SURFconext profile page.
  • Access to services from the international education and research community.
  • Easily prove your relation to (an) institution(s).

Why should I connect to SURFconext?

The With the above mentioned advantages and the fast growing number of available cloud services is growing quickly, the advantages to connect to SURFconext are obvious. Most organisations organizations consider to use these services combined with internally hosted services. Besides this, organisations organizations want to offer a secure environment where both internal and external services can be used side by side. Important elements for this are Single Sign-On, trusted identity and collaboration in groups and teams. Organisations Organizations are looking for possibilities to integrate these different kinds of applications. SURFconext offers a starting points to realise thisto do so.

Contact us!

Connecting to SURFconext is not that hard and easier than you might think. However, if you have any questions you can get in touch with us for answers to all of your questions about SURFconext. We prefer to be contacted by mail at support@surfconext.nl. Support by mail allows us to send and receive links, screenshots, metadata and lot's more, helping us answer to answer your questions more efficiently. If you think this doesn't work for you or you are having trouble formulating your question and prefer to talk to us directly, we will give you a call. Send us a mail with your contact information, including your phone number of course, and we will get back to you.