At the invitation of the European University Foundation (EUF) - project coordinator, SRCE joined the MyAcademicID project and took over project activities related to connecting academic electronic identity systems with eIDAS and eduGAIN systems. Given the importance of the project, the inclusion of SRCE was supported by the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) of the European Commission and the Ministry of Science and Education of the Republic of Croatia. The MyAcademicID project is funded by the EU Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) program and SRCE will participate in the final 9 months of the project. In addition to the EUF (project coordinator) and SRCE, 11 other partners from EU countries are participating in the project.
The goal of the MyAcademicID project is to create a European Student Identifier (ESI) that will enable secure and uninterrupted data exchange between higher education institutions in Europe. The use of ESI will enable linking the results of related projects aimed at contributing to the digitization of Erasmus + programs such as the Erasmus Dashboard (a tool that enables higher education institutions to manage student mobility data), the Online Learning Agreement (a platform that allows mobility students to Erasmus +), Erasmus Without Paper (platform for the exchange of data on students involved in mobility programs between more than 5 thousand higher education institutions under the auspices of ECHE (Erasmus Charter for Higher Education), Erasmus + App (mobile application that allows students to view data related to the mobility program involved), the European Student Card (a unique digital and graphic design card that will allow students to use student services across Europe) and the PhD Hub (a portal that connects students, universities and the economy with the aim of improving cooperation in the field of research and innovation).
SRCE will participate in the project activities by connecting the Authentication and Authorization Infrastructure of the Science and Higher Education System in the Republic of Croatia - AAI@EduHr with the eIDAS and eduGAIN systems. Also, SRCE will organize a national workshop in the second half of 2020 to present the results of the project. The AAI@EduHr system is production-linked to the eduGAIN and NIAS systems (national eIDAS node) and can be customized to supply ESI for students as needed. ESI can be defined for students in the Republic of Croatia thanks to the existence of the Student Rights Information System (ISSP) in which students are uniquely identified by a special identifier called JMBAG - a unique ID number of an academic citizen. In the project, SRCE will demonstrate the possibility of using JMBAG as an ESI.