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Overview

ASTRA (Access to Systems, Tools, Resources and Applications) is an authorization system access management service that stores authorization information about who can use a wide variety of UW administrative applications and tools across the UW campus. Authorization, using ASTRA, sets limits on:

Access to applications (such as SAGE, Financial Desktop, OWLS, eProcurement, FS-WORKS, etc.)
Actions (update, inquiry, etc.)
Access restrictions (budgets, organization codes, dollar limits, PUC's, FacNum's, etc.)

Through ASTRA's Web interface, users:

Manage authorizations online
See who has authority to use a system
Administrative applications interact with the ASTRA database to find out if a person is authorized to use that particular system.

Current ASTRA Information:

Browse to the ASTRA Web Application URL:

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other resources.

For a quick overview of the applications that use ASTRA and its high-level capabilities, please refer to the ASTRA overview in IT Connect.

What Authorizations Are Assigned To You

If you want to find out what authorizations are assigned to you in ASTRA do the following:

  1. Go to the ASTRA web application
  2. Click on "Show me my authorizations" to view your current active authorizations

Who To Contact For An Authorization

If you want to find out who can authorize you for an application in ASTRA do the following:

  1. Go to the ASTRA web application
  2. Click on "Who can authorize me?" to find an appropriate authorizer's contact information

ASTRA Web Application URLs, by environment:

PRODUCTIONhttps://astra.admin.uw.edu/astra/

 

Legacy ASTRA documentation:

http://www.washington.edu/computing/astra/

 

New & Improved ASTRA documentation:

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ASTRA Data Custodian Information

This section contains documents of interest for data custodians who have a stake in how their data is being used by consuming appplications that use ASTRA.

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ASTRA Business Owner/Service Operator/Service Owner Information

This section contains documents of interest to the business owners of consuming applications that are using ASTRA to control access management to their application.

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Your Question Isn't Answered Here?

TRAINhttps://train-astra.admin.uw.edu/astra/

EVALUATIONhttps://eval-astra.admin.uw.edu/astra/

Service Levels

ASTRA is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with the exception of irregularly scheduled maintenance.

For further information see Access Management Service Level Agreement.

History / Multiple systems, one central authorization tool

Over the past decade many new web-based administrative applications have been implemented at the University of Washington.  As these systems were introduced, procedures and mechanisms to control access to them were also developed.  In order to counter the proliferation of authorization mechanisms a central, infrastructural approach to authorization has been developed.  ASTRA represents that approach:  The goal of ASTRA is to provide a single point of entry for authorization on the Web.

Contact 

Contact the ASTRA team at astra@uw.edu.