Routine operational support for SAFIRE’s infrastructure is managed by TENET’s service support centre (SSC). The technical staff of existing identity and service providers can report a problem or request updates to metadata by contacting the SSC on +27.21.763.7147 during their standard support hours. However, operational support for SAFIRE is typically only available during normal working hours.
Prospective identity and service providers are advised to read the respective “how to join” sections for information on what’s required and who to contact. It is worth noting that, whilst the SAFIRE project office may attempt to provide some support to institutions who are establishing new identity or service providers, its capacity to do so is very limited. Thus, in general, this will not be on a one-on-one basis; it will be through road shows and events.
A good community of practice exists amongst the existing identity and service providers, and several have indicated they’re willing to provide assistance and support where they can. A number of mailing lists exist for this purpose.