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How is Shibboleth used at UIC?
Shibboleth (SAML) is a framework that allows applications to connect to various authentication services on the Internet (including UIC's Bluestem SSO).
Shibboleth can be used to allow access to your application from any Organization on the Internet that supports SAML. Conversely, it can also be used to allow UIC users access to third party applications (that support SAML) using their UIC credentials. Note that such third party applications must be registered with the InCommon Federation:
For more information regarding the yearly InCommon Federation fee structure see incommon.org/fees.html (sponsored partners).
Shibboleth Discovery Service - A discovery service is a web page that asks you to select your institution, after which you are redirected to that institution's authentication service. The discovery service for uofi.box.com (hosted by illinois.edu) for instance asks you to select one of UIUC, UIC, or UIS. If you misclicked and selected the wrong institution you can reset your selection for the illinois.edu discovery service by going to this link: