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Project Moonshot is a Janet-led initiative, in partnership with the GÉANT project and others, to develop a single unifying technology for extending the benefits of federated identity to a broad range of non-Web services, including Cloud infrastructures, High Performance Computing & Grid infrastructures and other commonly deployed services including mail, file store, remote access and instant messaging. The goal of the technology is to enable the management of access to a broad range of services and applications, using a single technology and infrastructure. This is expected to significantly improve the delivery of these services by providing users with a common single sign-on, for both internal and external services. Service providers will be able to more easily offer their services to users from other organisations using a single common authentication mechanism. This will enhance the user’s experience, and reduce costs for those organisations supporting users, and delivering services to them. This group is for community of Moonshot users, whether you're new to the technology, you're currently evaluating and getting to grips with it, or you've deployed it. For the list of guidance available about Moonshot within this group, see the Start Here wiki page. Jisc Assent, the production service underpinned by the Moonshot technology, went live on 25th March 2015. For information on, or to join the Jisc Assent service, please visit

Further Reading


This page contains links to various resources that will allow you to explore Moonshot in more detail.

IETF Standards

Moonshot is an implementation of the standards developed in the IETF ABFAB working group. These standards define the interactions between the various protocols that make up ABFAB.

The main documents of interest are:

  • draft-ietf-abfab-arch - The ABFAB Architecture (how everything fits together) [work in progress]
  • draft-ietf-abfab-usecases - A description of motivating use cases for federation beyond the web [work in progress]
  • draft-ietf-abfab-gss-eap - The GSS-EAP mechanism (how EAP is integrated into GSS to give application integration) [work in progress]
  • draft-ietf-abfab-aaa-saml - How standard AAA traffic is augmented with SAML for richer authorisation possibilities [work in progress]

Other supporting documents are: