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With over 25 years experience, we ensure access and authentication are managed simply, securely, and effectively while providing insight and data that supports librarians.

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Key features and benefits

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  1. Single sign-on

    OpenAthens establishes one set of log-in credentials for all web resources and applications. Users can sign in and access the information they are looking for without unnecessary barriers or complications.

  2. Access rights and permissions

    OpenAthens provides flexible control for managing access rights to groups of users. Using new or existing attributes and categories, you can control access to specific resources based on licensing requirements as well as the structure and strategic focus of your organization.

  3. Statistics and data

    Comprehensive usage statistics show how often content is accessed and by which users, giving you insight into the value of your subscriptions. It provides valuable detail into which parts of your organization engage most regularly with your library or information center services.

  4. Account management

    OpenAthens is designed specifically for librarians to manage authentication and end-user accounts. Our admin dashboard provides an intuitive user interface to manage users and control the subscriptions they can access.

  5. Seamless off-site and on-site access

    OpenAthens integrates with institutions that still rely on IP authentication. Single links are created that allow patrons and end-users access to the information needed whether they are located within your organization or working off-site. It also enables access for users using mobile devices to reach the information they need.

  6. Support for today and the future

    OpenAthens is built on international standards. Our fully hosted and supported service and ITIL accredited service desk ensure these standards are maintained for all our customers. As the technology evolves, OpenAthens evolves with it.

  7. Easy integration

    OpenAthens removes any unnecessary complications, by seamlessly slotting into your existing library systems and working with them to provide the best user experience possible.

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      Admin dashboard

      Comprehensive portal for managing all configuration e.g. user management, reporting, and resource management.

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      User management dashboard

      Option to create OpenAthens accounts and /or integrate with any local directory. Ability to create personal accounts or access accounts (e.g. for walk-in users, etc.) organization accounts. The administrator can also disable accounts if misuse is suspected.

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      Reporting module

      Reporting available on any attributes the library wants to see usage on e.g. department and user group, international students, walk-in users, alumni. Reporting API available for data integration with systems such as Tableau or Power BI.

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      Web portal

      MyAthens portal available. Provides a lightweight knowledge portal to curate resources and add content discovery widgets.

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      Two factor authentication

      Can point to an institutional Identity Provider that has been configured for multi-factor authentication.

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      Personalization

      Users can save their searches/ annotated content/ preferences and login to publishers’ websites that support it automatically.


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      Admin dashboard

      All configuration is managed on the server.

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      User management dashboard

      Text file-based system for user management or the option to connect to a local directory.

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      Reporting module

      Basic reporting that provides information about remote users’ activity only.

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      Web portal

      Not available.

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      Two factor authentication

      In development.

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      Personalization

      Access is all based on IP recognition, so personalization is not possible.


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      Admin dashboard

      All configuration is managed on the server by a Shibboleth developer.

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      User management dashboard

      No in-built user management function. A developer must connect to a local directory.

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      Reporting module

      No inbuilt reporting capabilities. There is access to Shibboleth log files or the ability to integrate with 3rd party applications.

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      Web portal

      Not available.

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      Two factor authentication

      A Shibboleth developer could build multi-factor authentication functionality.

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      Personalization

      Users can save their searches/ annotated content/ preferences and login to publishers’ websites that support it automatically.

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What publishers and service providers are we compatible with?

Search our database of publishers and service providers that are compatible with the OpenAthens service. Filter on those that are in access federations, or are compatible with the OpenAthens Redirector or managed proxy.

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Our easy to use patron portal

Our library-owned portal provides a simple starting point for patrons’ research, letting them know what resources are available and authenticating them to the content they need.

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Data-driven decision making

Our comprehensive statistics are available via a reporting API. Export the data from OpenAthens to a platform such as Tableau or Power BI for powerful analysis.

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What do we integrate with?

OpenAthens is built on international standards to facilitate easy support and integration with other applications.

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Setup and onboarding

Our detailed six-step guide walks you through everything to consider and carry out when onboarding to OpenAthens. And we’re there to support you at every step.

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FAQ

Search our bank of frequently asked questions to find the answers you need.

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Listserv community

Our OpenAthens Listserv connects our customers. Join our global community to share best practices, expertise, ideas, and information, ask questions, gain knowledge, explore opportunities and collaborate with each other!

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