AcademicID is the universal User Account for using all IT services offered by GWDG. It is the next evolution to the traditional GWDG account.
If you use our services such as ownCloud, RocketChat, BigBlueButton, GitLab, you are already in posession of an AcademicID. By using AcademicID, you can keep an overview of all services that you are using at GWDG and about your saved data. You can also change security and privacy settings and track the process of your support inquiries. With AcademicID you can use IT services offered by Academic Cloud, the comprehensive Cloud Service Suite for educators and students at Universities (including “Hochschulen”) in Lower Saxony.
An AcademicID is automatically created when using a service offered by GWDG or Academic Cloud. In many cases, the credentials for accessing AcademicID are the same as the ones for the university or research facility - this is the case for all institutions that are part of the DFN-AAI-Föderation. While this is the preferred way of accessing Academic Cloud, because the system can automatically check your rights for using a specific service this way, you can also register your personal AcademicID.
In the article “Zusammenführung des Single Sign-on für Dienste der GWDG und der Academic Cloud” that can be found in the GWDG News 07/2019, it is explained that several services offered by GWDG can now only be accessed by using the Single Sign On (SSO) solution of Academic Cloud. Of course you can continue to use the credentials (email address and password) of your traditional GWDG account; these qualify as full-featured AcademicIDs. The following Screenshot shows the SSO webpage of Academic Cloud.