Unlocking the ID Ecosystem with OSIA:
A universal interoperability framework for innovation, competition and sustainability



The OSIA initiative


  • Created for the public good, OSIA is an open standard set of interfaces (APIs) that enables seamless connectivity between all components of the identity management ecosystem – independent of technology, solution architecture or vendor.
  • Now, governments around the world can exert full control over their national identity programs – to better protect citizens and their civil rights, to deliver equality of access to economic and social services, and to achieve their national development agendas.

It's happening today

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Bringing the ecosystems together


The OSIA initiative provides seamless interconnection between multiple foundational and functional registries, and to enrolment and usage services, including :

Civil Registry

managing vital events including births, deaths, associated certificates and filiation.

Population Registry

managing key biographical information on individuals for the basis of ID cards and services.

Biometrics System

managing biometrics and authentication services.

Functional Registers
(Funct Reg)

managing data including voter rolls, land registry, vehicle registration, passport, residence registry, education, health, benefits, police and judiciary data.

Integrated ID landscape based on open standards APIs.

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Why choose an open standards approach?

Open standards specify the functional and technical requirements that all technologies need to ensure interoperability. With open standards in place, governments can strategically plan and evolve their systems without fear of future compatibility issues.


In an open-standards environment the responsibility (and the risk) of ensuring seamless interoperability is passed from government to the technology provider. It provides a guarantee of consistency and harmonization across government identity ecosystems that is unachievable by any other approach.


Value of open standards

  • Globally applicable quality assurance
  • Eliminates technology and partner dependency
  • Removes technology barriers
  • Grants freedom from lock-in
  • De-risk future investments

The OSIA Initiative is driven by the belief that standardizing the scope of key components and the interface layer, rather than rebuilding components from the ground up, addresses governments’ needs for simplicity, speed of deployment and choice



“The decision to create a pioneering new open-standards environment was initiated in direct response to delegate feedback captured at last year’s ID4Africa event

where the issue of vendor lock-in was identified as a major roadblock hindering the progress of African identity projects. The Secure Identity Alliance, supported by the world’s leading identity providers, listened and responded.

Over the past 12 months, the SIA has led the development of the OSIA initiative

which at last gives governments full control over their sovereign identity systems. We’re delighted that at this year’s ID4Africa Annual Meeting we’re able to unveil a comprehensive and fully available solution to this problem.”


Frédéric Trojani

Chairman of the Board, Secure Identity Alliance

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The Guiding Principles


The ability of governments to choose what their ID solution “looks like” is a core principle that goes to the very heart of sovereignty. They must have the freedom to decide which components of the identity ecosystem to use, and how to combine them.

Technology Neutrality

The value of deployed legacy technologies must be preserved, and governments free to use any technology they choose. Technology partners must also be free to innovate on emerging technologies to finds new ways to solve problems.

Privacy by Design

To achieve regulatory compliance and to ensure an ethical and responsible approach to managing citizen’s data, identity ecosystems must embed privacy by design – from repositories through to interface layers. Ecosystems must ensure data can be user controlled with stringent access rights.



Project Scope


1) Addressing the lack of common definitions within the ID ecosystem

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2) Creating a set of standardized interfaces


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