AAF Core Attributes
The following is the list of core attributes used within the AAF. AAF Identity Providers need to collect or generate the core attributes regarding their end users. When an end user tries to access a service via the federation, the Service Provider may request some or all of these attributes about the end user from the Identity Provider. With end user permission, the Identity Provider may release the attributes to the Service Provider.
The attributes are used by the Service Provider to make authorisation decisions and to manage the user’s experience with the service. Service Providers should consider which attributes they need in order to provide the service effectively and only request those attributes that are needed. The list of core attributes may evolve over time in response to the needs of AAF Subscribers.
|auEduPersonSharedToken||ZsiAvfxa0BXULgcz7QXknbGtfxk||A unique identifier enabling federation spanning services such as Grid and Repositories.|
|displayName||Jack Liam Dougherty||Preferred name of a person to be used when displaying entries.|
|eduPersonAffiliation||faculty||Specifies the person’s relationship(s) to the institution in broad categories such as student, faculty, staff, alum, etc.|
|URI (either URN or URL) that indicates a set of rights to specific resources.|
|eduPersonScopedAffiliationemail@example.com||Specifies the person’s affiliation within a particular security domain in broad categories such as student, faculty, staff, alum, etc.|
|eduPersonTargetedID||https://idp.arcs.org.au/idp/shibboleth!https://manager.aaf.edu.au/shibboleth!cmWc3mKualJlxjAwfFdu2mVgRxw=||A persistent, non-reassigned, privacy-preserving identifier for a user shared between an identity provider and service provider. An identity provider uses the appropriate value of this attribute when communicating with a particular service provider or group of service providers, and does not reveal that value to any other service provider except in limited circumstances.|
|AuthenticationMethod||urn:mace:aaf.edu.au:iap:authn:1||Set of URIs that assert compliance with specific standards for authentication method.|
|eduPersonAssurance||urn:mace:aaf.edu.au:iap:id:1||Set of URIs that assert compliance with specific standards for identity assurance.|
|cn||Jack Dougherty||User’s first name then surname.|
|o (or organizationName)||The University of Queensland||Standard name of the top-level organization (institution) with which this person is associated.|
|firstname.lastname@example.org||Email address, single value. User’s preferred outward facing email address with regard to the organisation.|
[List of Core Attributes as documented in Appendix 1 of the Federation Rules for Participants]
We also recommend you implement the following attribute not currently in the Core list. It can assists in interacting with some federation services.
|schacHomeOrganization||uq.edu.au||Specifies a person’s home organization using the domain name of the organization.|
|schacHomeOrganizationType||University||Specifies a person’s home organizations type.|
|givenName||Sally||A persons first name or preferred name|
|sn (surname)||Jones||A persons surname|
Detailed information about these attributes can be found in the auEduPerson Definition and Attribute Vocabulary
Many other attributes are listed in this document in addition to the AAF core attributes. Together they form a standard attribute vocabulary for the sector and federation subscribers may find it useful to explore additional user attributes; however AAF Identity Providers are only required to support those attributes in the core list.
The LDAP Schema definitions (LDIFs) needed to extend your directory can be found at the follow links:
Further information about the responsibilities of AAF subscribers in managing user attributes can be found in the Federation Rules.