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SPIE Digital Library leverages OpenAthens authentication for optics and photonics research

03 February 2020 • Jane Charlton, senior marketing manager - community and content

We’re pleased to announce that SPIE, the not-for-profit international society for optics and photonics, will enable institutional authentication for all its digital library partner platforms using our industry-leading single sign-on software.

SPIE’s platforms include its own SPIE Digital Library which offers the world’s largest collection of applied optics and photonics research. With more than 500,000 papers spanning biomedicine, communications, sensors, defense and security, manufacturing, electronics, energy, and imaging, the SPIE Digital Library is the most extensive research database available on optics and photonics research. Engineers and scientists in academic, corporate, and government laboratories depend on this resource for the critical knowledge they need to stay current and competitive.

With our organisation discovery service Wayfinder and active support of NISO’s RA21 recommended practices – facilitating seamless user experience in accessing online resources – our partnership with SPIE ensures that users of SPIE’s digital library platforms will get easy access to the specialist research they need.

“Our partnership with OpenAthens is a great development for researchers accessing content through all of our partner platforms, including our own SPIE Digital Library. Through this relationship we look forward to building on the latest authentication experiences and improving institutional access globally.”

SPIE chief technical officer Scott Ritchey

“SPIE offers a wealth of information in their specialist area. We play a small but significant part in their distribution of this intelligence, unlocking the door to those who need it and where it will have the biggest impact. It’s exciting to be part of their journey.”

OpenAthens commercial director Jon Bentley

Founded in 1955, SPIE’s aims are to advance light-based science, engineering, and technology. The society serves 255,000 constituents from 183 countries, offering conferences and their published proceedings, continuing education, books, journals, and the SPIE Digital Library. In 2019, SPIE provided more than $5 million in community support including scholarships and awards, outreach and advocacy programs, travel grants, public policy, and educational resources.

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