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OpenAthens LA 2.0 implementation

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  1. Matt Durant OpenAthens LA 2.0 implementation

  2. Outline • Bath Spa University • Why single sign-on? • Improving the user experience • The project / decision making • Installation • Live demo of 2.1 • Questions

  3. Bath Spa University • Approx 7,500 full time students • Additional students from partner colleges • OpenAthens / IP authentication to resources • 59 Electronic resources (databases/ e-journal access) • Small Library team

  4. Why change? • Staff / Student drive for standardised access to University services. • Remove the amount of time spent administering Athens accounts, permission sets etc. • Increase the usage of our electronic services.

  5. ‘OpenAthens MD’ Central Bath, UK Electronic Resources “Athens?” Academic search premier ScienceDirect JSTOR Education Image Gallery Has to set-up an account & remember details Can’t understand why other services won’t work Will not use our resources if log-in forgotten Set-up self-reg accounts Maintain the database of students Manage permissions If Athens fails, our resources do too! GEOBASE

  6. Single sign-on OpenAthens LA 2.0 Electronic Resources Attributes Academic search premier Active directory database Students only have to remember their Bath Spa username/ password Administration is taken out of our hands – students have an account the moment they register If the system fails we contact the IT dept to fix it! Centralised. Inevitable increase of electronic resources usage ScienceDirect JSTOR Library WebPages Education Image Gallery Education Image Gallery GEOBASE

  7. Project Shibboleth • Set-up February 2009 • Discussing the possible transition from OpenAthens to Shibboleth • However… • February 2009: title changed to ‘single sign-on’ after Eduserv workshop

  8. Decision making • Computing not comfortable with ‘open source’ software • Shibboleth – research & a lot of project time • Eduserv - support & product updates • LA 2.0 – easy interface for configuration • No additional cost to our subscription. • Statistics in 2.1

  9. Installation • Quick install (one afternoon) • Server team applies updates • Virtualised Red Hat servers for run time console & admin console • Registered with Federation • Problems: • What shall we name our installation? • Forgot to set-up NTP • Attribute authority

  10. Questions? • m.durant@bathspa.ac.uk • 01225 875477 • Twitter: @durtante