Open Athens Current Developments
 

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Eduserv's David Orrell and Oli Cooper highlight current developments to the OpenAthens services.

Eduserv's David Orrell and Oli Cooper highlight current developments to the OpenAthens services.

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  • User management greatly simplifiedLocal authentication (e.g. existing internal user directory)Windows Domain / Kerberos integrationNo third-party infrastructure (i.e. Eduserv)Locally installed softwareThe identity provider communicates directly with the resource providerCustomisableLogin ‘look and feel’ completely customisableCustom modules can be writtenAccess to protected internal resourcesVia OASP or other (e.g. Blackboard, Moodle)SSO to Google AppsMuch greater control of user attributesCan decide on what attributes to use/releaseCan aggregate attributes from multiple data-sourcesFuture support for additional standards

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  • Current developments
    David Orrell – Senior Architect
    Oli Cooper – Software Engineer
  • OpenAthens LA
    An overview
    Oli Cooper
  • What is OpenAthens LA?
    Standards-compliant software to enable
    federated access to both external
    and internal Web resources
  • Benefits of using OpenAthens LA
    Easy to install, configure and manage
    Access to protected internal resources
    Simplified/No user management
    Flexible and future-proof
    Free to existing HE/FE OpenAthens subscribers!
  • INTERNAL DIRECTORY
    User management is greatly simplified because OpenAthens LA can connect to the organisation’s existing user directory
    NEW TECHNOLOGY
    A major benefit of the OpenAthens LA Platform is the ability to easily update, add and remove modules as technology and standards evolve
    END-USERS
    Users can access content from external Service Providers and internal protected resources through a variety of established technologies and open standards
  • OpenAthens LA vs OpenAthens MD
  • OpenAthens LA
    Ease of installation, configuration & administration
    Admin console
    Web application to configure and manage OALA (vs editing XML)
    Runtime Server provided as a Virtual Machine image
    Updates made available automatically through repository
    Set-up wizards (2.1)
    Administration roles (2.1)
    Views and permissions tailored to different Admin Console users
    Diagnostics, Auditing & Statistics (2.1)
  • OpenAthens LA
    Extensible - modular
    Fully Supported
    Access to Athens-only resources with no additional subscription/configuration
    Shibboleth 1.3 end-of-life in June 2010
  • A typical Shibboleth installation
    System administrator
    IT Services
    Shibboleth server
    Librarian
    Configuration
    User-repository
    End-users
  • A typical OpenAthens LA installation
    System administrator
    Administration server
    Runtime server(s)
    Model
    Runtime
    Librarian
    End-users
    User-repository
    Staff / students
  • Insert Screen shot of Admin Console
  • Moving to OpenAthens LA
    Currently running OpenAthens DA
    Currently using OpenAthens MD
    Considering Shibboleth
    Currently running Shibboleth 1.3
  • Questions