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This page presents basic information about the UW Groups Service that will help you use it , whether you are accessing it with a via its web browser interface or via a programmable client using the service's its programmable REST interface.

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Overview

The UW Groups Service is provided for the use of the University of Washington community, including users and organizations of all kinds.  The service is a central location in which groups can be created and managed. Groups information can be imported from other systems, and may be used in a wide variety of services and applications, as illustrated in the

The UW Groups service provides infrastructure for defining, maintaining, and using "groups", defined simply as named objects, each with a membership list and a standard set of attributes known collectively as "metadata". Members might consist of people, computers, or other kinds of principals, even other groups. Some groups are managed by individual people and teams to meet specific needs. Other groups are created and maintained by organizational or institutional processes, such as UW course enrollments, to serve more general needs. Reuse and delegated management authority are guiding principles. As such, the service is available to all UW employees, students, organizations, and their designated partners.

The UW Groups Service is provided for the use of the University of Washington community, including users and organizations of all kinds.  The service is a central location in which groups can be created and managed.  Groups information can be imported from other systems, and may be used in a wide variety of services and applications.

Group IDs and home groups

The Groups Service uses a structured space for group identifiers, known as UW Group IDs, permitting UW people and organizations to create and manage groups independently, much like a multi-user computer filesystem.  For each person or organization there is a home group on which new group IDs can be based.

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For a complete description of UW Group IDs, see the UW Group Naming Plan .

Membership

Groups may have members of several types:

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Some systems and applications using the Groups Service may be limited in the membership types they can handle.  For example, the use of federated IDs for access control wouldn't apply in an application that only accepts UW NetIDs for signon.

Access control

End-user access to the Groups Service is available to all those with personal UW NetIDs. Signon using supplemental (aka shared) UW NetIDs is not permitted. Programmatic access is available using any certificate issued by the UW Services CA.

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