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KNF-symbol.png Entree Federation: Overview attributes for Identity Providers

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To authenticate and subsequently authorize a user the Entree Federation uses attributes. These attributes contain information (for example a firstname) about the user who wants access to a connected Service Provider.
There are two types of attributes used within the context of Entree Federation:

  • Default attributes
  • Additional attributes

For most Service Providers the set with default attributes will suffice to authenticate and authorize users. However there are situations in which a Service Provider requires more information about a user. In this case one or more additional attributes can be used.

In order to enable the users to gain access to all connected Service Providers an Identity Provider has to support both the default attributes and the additional attributes.

Default attributes

In this table you can find the attributes that an Identity Provider always has to pass on to Entree Federation.

Attributename Description Format Example
uid Unique ID for the user, consisting of a username and a realm 1 userId@realm pietjepukkelen@petteflatcollege
employeeNumber Studentnumber string 140136
givenName First name string Pietje
sn Surname string Pukkelen
eduPersonAffiliation Role student, employee, staff or affiliate student
nlEduPersonHomeOrganizationId BRIN code of the institution 4 or 6 characters 11ZZ03
nlEduPersonHomeOrganization Name of the institution string Petteflat College

1 Attention: When using the SAML protocol the value of uid attribute has to be the same as the value of the <saml:NameID> field.

Additional attributes

These attributes will only passed on to a Service Provider after the school has given explicit permission by signing an Attribute Release Policy form.

Attributename Description Format Example
nlEduPersonProfileId ECK attribute
If a school has multiple administrations the administrationnumber can be added after the @ as in the example
studentnumber@administrationnumber.schooldomain.nl 95312@1.kennisnet.nl
eckId Unique ECK pseudonym for students and teachers 1 string https://ketenid.nl/pilot/8e0a9f57fc76854d3dd2d3c4fa732feaf7b7a2d5f549a5458ce300223b83172f5074aa88a8cef0712aca19b62e9b90d0352e98fc76f498cd3947e7cc810f03fa
initials Initals string P.
nlEduPersonTussenvoegsels Insertion string van
mail Email address string pietjepukkelen@petteflatcollege.nl
homePhone Phone number string +31791234567
mobile Mobile number string +31612345678
nlEduPersonBirthDate Date of birth yyyymmdd 19801231
nlEduPersonProfile Name of study preceded by CREBO<space>.
Optionally BOL_ or BBL_ can be added at the beginning
string 2345 BOL_ICT.Gamedeveloper
nlEduPersonDepartment Department or sector string Techniek
nlEduPersonUnit Primary class or group. Unique within the school administration or domain string H2A
ou Class or group string H2A
nlEduPersonCohort Starting year string 2014
ocwILTRegistratiecode ILT Registrationcode
In accordance with annex I and II, corresponding to Article 1 of the Regulation of the Minister of OCW containing the determination of the elementcode table and studycode table for secondary and adult education: No DUO / OND-2013/15135 M.
four digits 0011
ocwILTLeerjaar ILT cohort
In accordance with annex I and II, corresponding to Article 1 of the Regulation of the Minister of OCW containing the determination of the elementcode table and studycode table for secondary and adult education: nr. DUO/OND-2013/15135 M.
1 digit 1
digiDeliveryId ECK digital delivery address string ED8AE607-WI3N-414C-T87A-624E74S7T005

1 For more information on the ECK-iD: https://www.eck-id.nl/

The nlEduPersonRealId attribute

In some cases a Service Provider request the nlEduPersonRealId attribute. During an authentication the Entree Federation application will copy the value of the uid attribitute that is sent by the Identity Provider into the nlEduPersonRealId attribute. Therefore the Identity Provider does not need to configure the nlEduPersonRealId and it is not listed in the table above.

Guidelines for Identity Providers

The user's identity is defined by the attributes that are passed down. It's important that this happens correctly and consistently. Therefore Kennisnet has set up a number of guidelines.

Realm in the uid attribute

The uid-attribute combined with the employeeNumber are the basis of the unique identity of the user within the system. Service Providers who are connected to Entree Federation use this ID to monitor progress or link licenses to it. From a users perspective therefor it is of the atmost importance that this ID is persistent.

The uid-attribute also contains a domain (or realm). If a school wants to change to another type of Identity Provider it is important that the uid of its users stay persistent. Therefor the domain should not contain the name of a system, e.g. pietjepukkelen@elonaam, but the domain should be linked to the school, e.g. pietjepukkelen@petteflatcollege.

If an Identity Provider is used by multiple educational institutions, the Identity Provider has to be able to pass on a unique domain per educational institution within the uid-attribute.

BRIN number in the nlEduPersonHomeOrganizationId attribute

Many of the connected Service Providers use schoollicenses. In those cases the BRIN number in the nlEduPersonHomeOrganizationId-attribute is used to authorize the user. Entree Federation will validate the received BRIN number against the registered BRIN number.

  1. An Identity Provider must be able to pass on a BRIN number containing either four or six characters.
  2. If an Identity Provider is used by multiple educational institutions, the Identity Provider has to be able to pass on a unique BRIN number per educational institution within the nlEduPersonHomeOrganizationId-attribute.