Getting started with OpenID connect#
The customer portal allows Feide administrators to register and manage applications.
Dataporten Dashboard is now the self service interface to register and manages APIs.
Services that are registered in the customer portal are synchronized to the dashboard dataporten so you don’t need to register a new service in dataporten dashboard to register or get access to API.
If you are registered as an administrator in the Feide customer portal, you will be able to login to the dataporten dashboard with the same credentials. For users without a Feide account, choose Feide Guest users when login into dataporten dashboard.
Authentication in Feide can be done using OpenID Connect or SAML. OpenID Connect (OIDC) is the standard for identity verification on top of OAuth 2.0 token based authorization, and is widely used on the web. With OIDC, the application gets verified information about the user’s identity as well as an access token which it can use to access a set of APIs.
Setting up your application#
On the customer portal you will get details and credentials to set up your application as an OpenID Connect (OIDC) relying party.
If your client already supports OIDC or OAuth 2.0, remaining work may just be some simple configuration.
Otherwise, here is more information about how to use OIDC with Feide:
In the customer portal you can configure which login providers under configuration tab or under host organization you will enable for the end users. Your configuration here will be reflected in the available login options for the end users during login. See the login flow
Using the Groups API#
If you are unable to find the information you are looking for at OIDC
userinfo or in
id_token, it will often turn out that it is available through the groups API.
This API depends on OpenID Connect, but isn’t part of it. Hence, it is not covered by OIDC libraries, or by OIDC documentation and examples available on the net.
A user’s relationship to schools, workplaces, classes, subjects and more are
expressed as group memberships. When your application is given a valid access token with
one or more of the attribute groups
will be able to access the groups API to get information about the current group
affiliations of the current user.
Using third party APIs#
An important feature of Feide is the possibility to do access control on APIs through the platform.
FS is the Common Student System (Felles studentsystem). It is a study administration system developed for universities, scientific colleges and national university colleges. FS is developed by Sikt.
We hope to be able to expose a large library of APIs with data sources for new services in the education sector.
Group data from FS#
Group data from FS is already accessible through the groups API (mentioned above). This is only available to services that integrate with Feide using the OpenID Connect protocol. With group data from FS the service obtaining the following group information for users in higher education: subjects, classes, years and programs. To enable this is done by checking of the attribute group groups-edu in customer portal under the tab “User information” when editing the service.
Screenshot of adding group-edu attribute group
Semester Registration Data#
An API returning information about whether a student has paid his semester is accessible as a third party API.
This API is used in service like the digital student iD which is used by most students in Norway to show whether the student has a valid student certificate based on whether they have paid the semester fee or not.
To access so search after Semesterregistreringsdata and request access to the dashboard dataporten under third-party APIs on your service. Then contact Unit <email@example.com> to request that the Semester registration data be opened for you’re service. Unit also wants you to inform which institution the service is made accessible for.
Screenshot of request access to Semester Registration Data
API returning information about alumni are available for several organizations.
This API is used by several universities and colleges’ alumni networks to provide a meeting place for current and former students for knowledge sharing and experience exchange.
To access search after alumni data (“Alumni data from FS <Test / Prod>) and ask for access in the dashboard dataporten under third-party APIs on you’re service. Then contact Unit to request alumni data to be opens up for your service. Unit also wants you to inform which institution the service is made accesible for.
Screenshot of request access to Alumni data