The ESMO project aims to:

  • Offer cross-border technical solutions to  HEIs ensuring ease of integration with eIDAS and exchange of (simple) academic attributes.
  • Facilitate widespread mobility based on paperless procedures enabled by a  EU cross-border use of eIDAS accepted eIDs, leveraging strong legal foundation of eIDAS.
  • Streamline administrative procedures and efficient access to a wide range of services for students incl. virtual learning and information assets.
  • Enable sectorial governance and trust of the HEI connectivity to MS eIDAS nodes and Academic Domain Specific Attributes through the HUB node concept
  • Provide phased & scalable interconnection of academic eServices and data sources (incl. future mutual eIDAS & eduGAIN inter-federation)
  • Propose recommendations, road-mapping and collaboration measures through consultive interactions with key EHEA stakeholders

To help realise this vision, ESMO propose to implement an edeuaction sector specific HUB as shown in the high level architecture below:


ESMO guiding principles:

  • There  would be one central education sectror specific HUB per MS responsible for connecting all HEIs in that MS.
  • The HUB would ideally be governed by the NRENs in each MS, who would ultimately control the HEIs that are connected to the HUB and also the EU wide coordination of Domain Specific Attributes in the education sector.
  • As long as the Domain Specific Attributes aren´t natively supported on the eIDAS network, the HUBs will be able to be interconnected in a point-2-point network with other MS HUBs to exchange education specif attributes across borders, similar to the eIDAS network configuration.
  • The HUB network connecting MS´s education sector Attribute Providers will also follow the same privacy and confidentiality principles of the eIDAS network as it has the same requirements for protecting citizen´s personal data, as eIDAS.