The Metadata Registry is comprised of both public and secure functionality. Access to the secure sections of the registry are controlled via roles and a set of alternative authentication processes. Users wishing to authenticate either need have a valid   Australian Access Federation(AAF)account, or have a built in account configured  directly in the registry. The Access Management System is an interface that enable RDA Registry users as well as users who are authenticated via the Discovery Portal to authenticate and gain access to additional functionality. The Access Management System supports Built In, LDAP, Australian Access Federation (AAF) authentication via  Rapid Connect  and Shibboleth and various Social Networks, such as Facebook and Twitter. Authenticated users can be granted additional functionality and affiliations with Organisation by an administrator role, via a User Management Interface. This authentication framework is also accessible from the Portal, allowing users to login to MyRDA.


Roles are used within the RDA Registry to grant and organise access permissions. A role administration manager titled ‘Roles’ has been integrated into the registry to allow registry administrators to manage roles and user access.

There are 3 types of roles used by the registry:



ARDC Software comes with several authenticators located at engine/models/authenticators and can be extended to allow more methods of authentication.


The authentication framework can be extended by adding another authentication method. Follow this guide to find out how!