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# EDIT Federation
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The EDIT Federation represents an implementation of the federation concept defined within the Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) standards family. In the first instance, the EDIT federation is open to any members or affiliates of the EDIT project. Nevertheless, some day the EDIT federation envisions to merge into a larger (!BioDiv) federation community reflecting at minimum the most important biodiversity research institutions.
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Currently, there are two membership types offered by the EDIT federation.
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* registered EDIT CSSO user
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* registered EDIT CSSO Service Provider
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Registered EDIT users benefit from the enhancements of EDIT's Community Single Sign-on (CSSO) infrastructure and are enabled to use any services offered by EDIT CSSO Service Providers passing through a single login procedure only. 
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Becoming an EDIT CSSO Service Provider (SP) mainly addresses EDIT web application or service providers who want to offer their regular users the convenience of single sign-on or those who do not want to deal with large EDIT user lists and rely on the confidentiality of the EDIT federation's user registration process. Even though, user authentication is done by EDIT's Identity Provider (!IdP), EDIT CSSO Service Providers keep complete control of what users are allowed to access their services. 
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This is due to the [[EDITFederationShibbolethAttributes|EDIT Federation attributes]] transmitted by EDIT's ! along with any authentication request. That way, access control may be based on these [[EDITFederationShibbolethAttributes|EDIT Federation attributes]] stating e.g. the user id, group membership or roles of any authenticated EDIT user. 
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## How to become an EDIT CSSO user ?
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## How to become an EDIT CSSO Service Provider ?