Q. Other access management federations are free to join – why do I have to pay to join the OpenAthens Federation?
The initial setup and ongoing support of all other access management federations were made possible through the allocation of public funds because academic and research funding bodies in many countries saw the benefits of enabling the adoption of standards such as SAML and Shibboleth. OpenAthens does not receive any such funding, and is, therefore, the only access management federation available for commercial organizations to join. This simplifies a content provider’s options for enabling access: why not route users from commercial organizations to the same access point used by your academic, research, and healthcare customers?
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