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Recent changes in access and identity management technologies and standards such as SAML and Shibboleth have brought more choice and opportunities to organisations in enabling access to resources for their users. However, they have also brought their own challenges; Making informed decisions as to the best approach to take in adopting these standards is a challenge facing many organisations. OpenAthens is designed to lower the barrier for organisations wishing to adopt identity management technologies. This talk introduces what OpenAthens is, and explaining how it is of benefit to organisations in the UK education and library sectors. It was presented at the Talis Insight 2007 conference in Birmingham, UK.