The SWAMID federation is based on a technology independent policy and a set of technology profiles. These documents are available at www.swamid.se.
The SWAMID Policy defines Technology profiles thus:
The Technology Profiles describe concrete realisations of the Policy and Assurance Profiles in terms of specific technologies (eg SAML,eduroam etc). By employing specific choices of technologies for identification and authorisation this Policy MAY be used to support federated identity for a wide range of applications. The use of federation technology (e.g. SAML, 802.1x, WS-Federation, OpenID) is governed by a Federation Technology Profile.
Technology profiles are relatively short document that rely on standard specifications to describe deployment profiles of existing standard identity technologies. Connecting with SWAMID involve complying with such deployment profiles. A relying party is free to comply with either or all current technology profiles.