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This page describes and defines a Higgins ContextId.


  • A ContextId is a kind of Attribute that uniquely identifies the instance of a Context that contains it.
  • The value of a ContextId MUST be a single instance of a ContextIdDatatype.
  • Two different ContextIds may refer to the same Context.
  • If the value of a ContextId is resolvable, its value should dereference the information necessary to discover how to access a Context. See Context Discovery.


  • It is not required for a ContextIds to resolve to a Context instance in which case this is referred to as an abstract ContextId. However, most Contexts are not abstract, and can be resolved a network (or local) data access service to discover the information necessary to access the Context.

ContextIds and IdAS

  • The Identity Attribute Service (IdAS) can be used as a service to access a Context given a ContextId.
  • If two ContextId's values are equal, they refer to the same underlying Context, although not necessarily the same Context "container" instance returned by IdAS. This means that, as a requester of information, different clients of IdAS may see different subsets of the Context based on the authorization passed in during authentication.
  • A given ContextId may be used against multiple Context Providers to produce the same Context (although, as mentioned, different Context instances).

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