The South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON) was established in 2002. SAEON is a research platform funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and managed by the National Research Foundation (NRF). SAEON is mandated to establish and manage long-term environmental observatories; maintain reliable long-term environmental data sets; promote access to data for research and/or informed decision making; and contribute to capacity building.

The SAEON Identity Service provides an OpenID Connect single sign-on for all SAEON websites. The Identity Service publishes a discovery document where you can find meta-data and links to all the endpoints, key material, etc.