19/03/19 – The last of Denmark's five schools of marine engineering to join WAYF, MARTEC in Frederikshavn has now done so, as an identity provider. Consequently, students and staff here now have the...
18/03/19 – WAYF both accepts and itself issues digital signatures using the SHA-1 hashing algorithm. This, however, will end on July 1, 2019: From then on, WAYF will only accept signatures based on SHA-256...
06/03/19 – The HPC Wiki at German research university RTWH Aachen is part of...
20/02/19 – CodeRefinery – a project under the Nordic's NeIC cooperation – operates a GitLab instance for managing the...
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...

Did you know ...

... that WAYF secures its data traffic using hardware cryptography? Learn more here.

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.

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.