1 Introduction

This document specifies the metadata registration practices used by the UK Access Management Federation for Education and Research (the UK federation) in its role as a metadata registrar. The terms “UK federation registrar” and “the registrar” in this document are to be understood to refer to the UK federation operator or its agents acting in this role.

This document includes documentation of some of the UK federation’s conventions with respect to the elements of metadata included in its published metadata aggregates. Fuller coverage of this topic can be found in [UKFTS].

1.1 Document Status

This edition describes the metadata registration practices of the UK federation with effect from its date of publication as shown on the cover page.

1.2 Notation

The key words “MUST”, “MUST NOT”, “REQUIRED”, “SHALL”, “SHALL NOT”, “SHOULD”, “SHOULD NOT”, “RECOMMENDED”, “MAY”, and “OPTIONAL” in this document are to be interpreted as described in [RFC2119].

Conventional XML namespace prefixes are used throughout this document to stand for their respective namespaces as follows:

Prefix XML Namespace Defined in
md: urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:2.0:metadata [SAML2Meta]
mdrpi: urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:metadata:rpi [SAML-Metadata-RPI-V1.0]
mdui: urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:metadata:ui [SAML-Metadata-UI-V1.0]
shibmd: urn:mace:shibboleth:metadata:1.0 [ShibMetaExt]

This document uses the following typographical conventions in text:

1.3 Changes in this Edition

This is a new document.

1.4 Future Directions

Where appropriate, major sections of this document contain a sub-section called “Future Directions” describing likely future developments in the area under consideration. These notes are provided to allow members to incorporate this information into planning activities.