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SAML and data.world

If your organization uses a SAML 2.0 compliant single sign-on (SSO) provider, you can configure a new SSO application with that provider (e.g., Okta, ADFS) to authorize access to your organization’s data. Once configured, all members of your organization will need to verify their identity through SSO before accessing data.world resources.


In order to use single sign-on with SAML and data.world you will need the following:

  • A SAML-enabled data.world organization (requested from Client Success or Support)

  • An administrator login for the organization

  • A SAML 2.0-compliant identity provider

SAML application configuration

The first thing you will need to do is create a SAML application for data.world. You will need the following configuration information to create this application:

  • Logo image - This is the logo image for data.world and it is found at https://query.data.world/s/opnoxp22o7tdd4k2yi4skd2bkvxbmu

  • Single Sign-on URL/Assertion URL - The specific data.world URL that SAML assertions should be sent to: https://data.world/sso/acs/{organization_id}. Replace {organization_id} with your organization's id which can be found in the URL of the organization homepage. For example the organization's ID for https://data.world/organization/nightowlcorp would be nightowlcorp , and https://data.world/organization/democorp would be democorp.

  • Audience URI/Entity ID - The unique SP identifier that dictates the entity or audience for which the SAML Assertion is intended: https://data.world/sso/metadata

  • Additional attribute statements - These are used to help identify the user and are composed of an Attribute Name and a Name Format. We require firstName , lastName, and email.

    The Name Format for data.world is Unspecified. Examples of the Attribute Names for Okta and ADFS are as follows:

    • For Okta:

      • user.firstName - firstName

      • user.lastName - lastName

      • user.email - email

    • For ADFS (no namespace URI):

      • user.givenName - firstName

      • user.surname - lastName

      • user.mail - email

Setup on data.world

Follow these steps to configure data.world to use SAML:


An administrator role in the organization on data.world is required to make these changes.

  1. Go to the Organization Profile Page and browse to the Settings tab.

  2. On the Settings tab go to the Security section and configure the single sign-on options. If you don’t see a Security section, contact us to enable it for you.

  3. Enter the information requested and select Test SAML configuration.

  4. Click Save if the test is successful. It may take a few minutes for the change to take effect for all org members.


When you enable SSO for an organization, members of that organization will need to validate through the SSO provider to access any pages on data.world, not just the organization’s.

All users of the organization will have their personal API tokens reset when SSO is enabled.

  • If they have integrations (such as Python) set up with this token, they will need to update the token within the integration.

  • If they have saved any query results as tables within data.world, they will not be able to sync those tables. They will need to delete the tables and re-save the query results as a new table.

Using Just In Time (JIT) account provisioning

Just In Time (JIT) account provisioning is an optional feature that creates an SSO login portal to your organization on data.world. When this feature is enabled, you will have a SSO-enabled login page created at https://data.world/{your organization}/login.


If someone has the data.world app assigned to them in their SSO provider profile but does not yet have a data.world account:

  • a new data.world account will be created for them automatically when they click the link on this page

  • their data.world username will be firstname-lastname, based on the name that exists in their SSO profile

  • they will not be given a password - they will need to login using the same login page in the future and authenticate via SSO

  • they will be granted membership to the organization on data.world with the Member level of organization membership

If someone has the data.world app assigned to them in their SSO provider profile, has a data.world account, and is a member of the organization:

  • they will be logged into data.world if they have validated recently through the SSO provider

  • if they haven't validated through the SSO provider recently, they will be redirected to the SSO provider's login page, and then redirected to data.world upon completion of the SSO login

  • they will land on the data.world organization's homepage (as opposed to their individual account's homepage) upon login

If someone has the data.world app assigned to them in their SSO provider profile, has a data.world account, and is NOT a member of the organization on data.world:

  • they will be logged into data.world, but redirected to their individual homepage.

  • they will not be granted automatic membership to the organization

  • an admin of the organization on data.world will need to manually invite them to the organization

  • this case occurs when someone signs up for a data.world account before SSO is enabled for their organization, or if they create an account on data.world without using the special login page described at the top of this section

If someone does not have the data.world app assigned to them in the SSO provider profile:

  • an SSO provider admin will need to add the data.world app to the user's SSO provider profile

  • after data.world is added SSO to the provider profile, they will be able to create a new account through the login page described in this section


When implementing SAML with data.world watch out for:

  • If the Single Sign-on URL/Assertion URL ( https://data.world/sso/acs/{organization_id} ) was entered improperly in the SSO provider’s configuration, users will experience a 404 page or a sign-on loop when trying to access data.world.