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EID Populations: Creating a Population Module (for Affiliation Sponsors)

What is a Population?

In the EID system, populations are used in the designation of EID contacts. A population is a subset of an affiliation and represents a well-defined group of people, such as employees in the Department of Radio-Television-Film or prospective international students. Thus, a population can be characterized by the affiliation to which it belongs, the rules used to determine whether a given EID belongs to it, and the person or group of people who serve as its EID contacts. Like affiliations, populations are defined only for person EIDs and not for other EID types.

Populations serve as the mechanism for linking an individual EID to its EID contact(s). An EID contact is someone who is able to provide EID assistance and perform certain administrative actions for a given EID, such as resetting or changing the EID. All EIDs have a designated EID contact. This information may be viewed by by an EID holder in the EID Self-Service Tools under "Manage My UT EID Profile", "View UT EID Contacts"; it may also be viewed by authorized administrators in the EID Administrative Services application under the "EID Contacts" tab visible on the details screen for a given EID.

Creating a Population Module (for Affiliation Sponsors)

When creating a new affiliation, it is important to consider what populations may exist within the affiliation. All affiliations have a default population defined, and if an affiliation sponsor does not provide a population module, all EIDs with the affiliation will be assigned to its default population. However, it is often advantageous to direct distinct groups of EID holders within the affiliation to different EID administrative contacts. When this is the case, it will be necessary to provide the population information to the EID system programmatically.

Mainframe developers should develop a module which uses T3DPPOPC as its PDA and contact the EID team with the module's name when it is complete. The EID team is available to discuss population issues and to answer any related questions. The module should be written so that only one population is returned for each EID. Developers using other technologies should contact the EID stewards to discuss providing population information. In addition to providing a module, the sponsoring area should provide a list of EID contacts for each population, including the default, to the EID stewards.

Last updated March 4, 2013 @ 2:38 pm

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