About the project

Project Name: Open Provisioning Framework (OPF)

Analysis and standardization of user provisioning for email and groupware systems and services.

There are various obstacles in switching to another provider. Besides the possibility to transfer personal data (“data portability”) the creation and configuration of user accounts (“user provisioning”) is a major problem we often see in practice. It is relevant for end users, but also and in particular for organizations, which need to be able to (re-)create complex sets of users/groups/roles etc. when switching their provider.

With the Open Provisioning Framework (OPF) we aim to analyze and standardize user provisioning for email and groupware systems and services and to provide an Open Source reference implementation. Due to the ubiquity of email and groupware, a proposed standard can be beneficial for many similar domains (e.g., CRM, task management, online storage) and for service portability in general.

In contrast to mere data portability, provisioning is also more tightly related to the commercial aspects of service usage (e.g., with respect to “billing per user” or storage quotas). Any standardization in this area can therefore improve market transparency and decision making in the process of choosing alternative service providers.

Data and service portability is still in its early stages and far from being well understood. We believe that there are many aspects that deserve further study in order to shape the future of service portability – provisioning being a core aspect of this.

Achievements from the first phase of the DAPSI programme

In the first phase of the DAPSI programme

Achievements from the second phase of the DAPSI programme




The DAPSI programme



          audriga GmbH
          Founded in 2011, audriga provides self-service data portability tooling for many hosting companies worldwide, including Amazon Web Services (AWS) and 1&1 Ionos. Besides, we assist organizations and ISPs to switch complete messaging or online storage platforms to other solutions.


          FZI Research Center for Information Technology
          The FZI Research Center for Information Technology is a non-profit institution for applied research in information technology and technology transfer. Its task is to provide businesses and public institutions with the latest research findings in information technology.


          OPF: Open Provisioning Framework