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This page presents basic introductory information about the UW Groups Service to give context to using for use through its browser interface ( and via the Groups Web Service User Interface and the programmable Groups Web Service REST API.

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Service API.

Similar information is available in the UW Groups article in IT Connect.



The UW groups service is a central location in which groups can be created, managed, and then reused in other services and applications. Groups can be created from various sources of group information and used in a wide variety of integrated services and applications, as illustrated in Figure 1.


Groups may be classified according to UW Administrative Policy Statement 2.10 6 (Minimum Data Security StandardsInformation Security Controls and Operational Practices). All groups are assigned "unclassified" status until an administrator has intentionally applied a "Public", "Restricted", or "Confidential" classification.


Now that you're familiar with the basics of the group service, you may want to browse the Groups Web Service User Interface using user interface by signing in to using your personal UW NetID.

For further reading on some of topics mentioned above refer to these pages: