Service Provider

A Service Provider, or 'SP' is a term used to describe anyone who has a service, resource or set of content that they want to make available to users via a login.  This login may be to limit access to subscribers or specialist groups, or to provide personalisation features. In a federated environment, Service Providers do not hold identity information about users but instead rely on Identity Providers (i.e. the institution or organisation that a user belongs to) to send relevant information to them.