*Unity is a new platform for collaboration in universities and research.Built by universities, for universities, *Unity provides core collaborative functionality such as groups, file sharing and discussion. It integrates with your single sign on strategy and is easy to use.
Uniquely, *Unity allows users to collaborate easily and securely not only within an institution but across any number of institutions. So it is ideally suited to research projects and networks.
*Unity also provides a simple solution to the problem of working with the many different kinds of people who have not had their identity verified and aren't part of your mainstream systems. Your staff can use it to work with anyone.
*Unity’s simplicity and flexibility means it also works well for many learning scenarios that your LMS (or VLE) does not handle well.
Your users are welcome to use *Unity for free. If and when you want a Service Level Agreement, just get in touch. We offer utility pricing (no per-seat costs) and universities are guaranteed the service at cost, forever. So we are easy to adopt as a campus service.
*Unity is intended to be an important building block in the emerging ecosystem of interconnecting services and applications that can support operations in research, learning and alumni relations. The software is owned by the Apereo Foundation, the service is hosted by *Research and there are APIs for everything. Think of us as a unifying layer sitting on top of the national access management federations and providing core services that make it easier to code and deploy every other application. Sign up for our newsletter and we will keep you posted on developments.