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Mailing List

GÉANT operates a closed mailing list for the REFEDS Federation Operators Group, to facilitate open discussions about operational issues of running Research and Education Identity Federations. The list operates with the following agreement (based on the Chatham House Rule):

Participants of this list are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the source, nor that of any other participant, may be revealed. If this cannot be ensured redistribution of any information received requires prior express permission from the source.

People can request access to the mailing list. To be accepted for membership, two existing list members (at least one of which from a different organisation than that of the applicant) must express support for the inclusion.

XMPP chat room

Members of the FOG mailing list may also join the FOG XMPP MUC (multi-user chat), which is operated under the same rules as the mailing list (see above). To get your JabberID authorized for the XMPP MUC send it to fog-request at, from the email address you're subscribed with to the FOG mailing list.


Participants must be voted in on an individual basis (so 2 different representatives of the same organisation might not be accepted) but REFEDS tracks the organisations represented on the FOG list.

The following federations are currently represented on the FOG list (33):

  • Australia, Australian Access Federation AAF
  • Austria, (ACOnet Identity Federation)
  • Belgium, Belnet Research and Education Federation
  • Brazil, CAFe
  • Canada, Canadian Access Federation CAF
  • Croatia, AAI@EduHr
  • Czech Republic,
  • Denmark, WAYF
  • Ecuador, MINGA
  • Estonia, TAAT
  • Finland, Haka
  • France, Fédération Éducation-Recherche
  • Germany, DFN-AAI
  • Hungary, (HREF Federation)
  • Ireland, Edugate
  • Italy, IDEM
  • Japan, GakuNin
  • Latvia, LAIFE
  • Netherlands, SURFnet
  • New Zealand, Tuakiri New Zealand Access Federation
  • Norway, FEIDE
  • Poland, PIONIER.Id
  • Portugal, RCTSaai
  • Serbia, iAMRES
  • Slovakia,
  • Slovenia, ArnesAAI Slovenska izobraževalno raziskovalna federacija
  • South Africa, South African Identity Federation (PILOT)
  • Spain, SIR
  • Sweden, SWAMID and K12 federation
  • Switzerland, SWITCHaai
  • Turkey, ULAKAAI
  • UK, UK Access Management Federation for Education and Research
  • US, InCommon

The following organisations that don't current operate a federation are represented on the FOG list:

  • Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), South Africa
  • LIGO
  • Rainer Horbe (inidividual representative)
  • GEANT Association (formerly TERENA)


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