eduGAIN core function is the metadata exchange point. Federations supply their own metadata and download aggregated metadata to supplement their own and redistribute them within their federation members. Federations are strongly discoursed from discouraged from pointing any of their members directly to the eduGAIN MDS. Within this operational model even a relatively long (several hours) downtime of the MDS does not cause any disruption that could be noticed by individual identity or service providers.
Federation delegate and deputy are the only federation representatives authorized to submit information, therefore their identity needs to be established in a trusted way, this is however part of the global eduGAIN trust model, not specific to the SAML prifileprofile.
|S||special - delegating representatives requires contact with the federation management|
|1||informational, not requiring special vetting|
|2||important contact information|
|3||information of eduGAIN operational relevance, requires special care|
|4||crucial for eduGAIN trust, requires utmost care|