Federated authorisation: Resource Entitlement Management System

The Resource Entitlement Management System (REMS) is an electronic tool that manages access rights to research resources, such as research datasets. Applicants can use their federated identity as authentication to the REMS, complete the data access application, commit to licence terms and submit the application to the appropriate resource. The REMS system circulates the application to the resource owner or denoted representative(s) in support of the data access granting process, and provides a reporting function for applications and granted data access rights.

This paper introduces the different aspects that manage access to research data and the requirements for the REMS system. The REMS has been piloted with the European Genome-phenome Archive (EGA), a service of the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI), and with a complex data access committee of the Nordic Control Database (NCDB). Although originally developed for the life sciences as part of the ELIXIR project, the REMS system aims to be a discipline independent tool for access rights management.



  • Mikael Linden, CSC - IT Center for Science, Finland
  • Tommi Nyrönen, CSC - IT Center for Science, Finland
  • Ilkka Lappalainen, European Bioinformatics Institute

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