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Identity Federation

MAREN Identity Federation (MIF)

Welcome to MAREN Identity Federation (MIF); the national academic identity federation for the Malawian research and higher education community.

An Identity Federation (Federation) is an association of organizations that come together to exchange information, as appropriate, about their users and resources in order to enable collaborations and transactions.

The MAREN Identity Federation(MIF) is introduced to facilitate and simplify the introduction of shared services across the Federation. This is accomplished by using Federation Technologies to extend the scope of a digital identity issued by one Federation Member to be valid across the whole Federation. The Federation relies on Home Organizations and Attribute Authorities to correctly and accurately assert information about the identity of End Users to Service Providers, that may use that information to grant (or deny) access to the services and resources they offer to End Users.

Access to resources federated through MAREN is governed by the MAREN Identity Federation Policy. Metadata registration in MIF is governed by the MIF Metadata Registration Practice Statement.