Resource access from 1 August 2008: FAQs on Shibboleth and OpenAthens

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OpenAthens Resource 121AE Resource access from 1 August 2008: FAQs on Shibboleth and OpenAthens. Replacement to the Athens authentication service. From 1 August 2008 all UK institutions will need to be members of the UK federation in order to gain access to resources that are federation-protected. JISC recommends that all UK institutions, publishers and service providers adopt an access management solution based on the SAML open standard eg. Shibboleth. For more information visit the JISC website: rt.aspx Below are FAQs relating to Adept Scientific's approach to meeting these new requirements with specific reference to accessing our education resource: Q1. Do you plan to move to Shibboleth? A. From 1st August we will be using the OpenAthens SP API so will be Shibboleth compliant and will also still be Athens compliant. Q2. Are you changing the way users will log onto your resource via Athens? i.e. changing the name of the login button or removing the Athens login option entirely? A. We will provide a new login page with options for Athens Login, Shibboleth Login and IP based login Q3. Will you be changing the URL to your resources? A. No. All education customers can continue to access our site through Q4. If you currently maintain IP access on-campus, or on & off-campus,will you continue to do so? A. We have implemented IP authentication. If you provide us with a complete list of IP ranges we can add those to our system. These requests should be emailed to: Q5. Have you joined the UK access management federation? A. Yes we are a member. We will add to this list over the coming weeks, but if you have other questions that are not answered here please contact: or call +44 (0) 1462 480055. All OpenAthensResource All en Y All

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