Open Athens Current Developments

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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
  • Open Athens Current Developments

    1. 1. Current developments<br />David Orrell – Senior Architect<br />Oli Cooper – Software Engineer<br />
    2. 2. OpenAthens LA<br />An overview<br />Oli Cooper<br />
    3. 3. What is OpenAthens LA?<br />Standards-compliant software to enable <br />federated access to both external<br />and internal Web resources<br />
    4. 4. Benefits of using OpenAthens LA<br />Easy to install, configure and manage<br />Access to protected internal resources<br />Simplified/No user management<br />Flexible and future-proof<br />Free to existing HE/FE OpenAthens subscribers!<br />
    5. 5. INTERNAL DIRECTORY<br />User management is greatly simplified because OpenAthens LA can connect to the organisation’s existing user directory<br />NEW TECHNOLOGY<br />A major benefit of the OpenAthens LA Platform is the ability to easily update, add and remove modules as technology and standards evolve<br />END-USERS<br />Users can access content from external Service Providers and internal protected resources through a variety of established technologies and open standards<br />
    6. 6. OpenAthens LA vs OpenAthens MD<br />
    7. 7. OpenAthens LA<br />Ease of installation, configuration & administration<br />Admin console<br />Web application to configure and manage OALA (vs editing XML)<br />Runtime Server provided as a Virtual Machine image<br />Updates made available automatically through repository<br />Set-up wizards (2.1)<br />Administration roles (2.1)<br />Views and permissions tailored to different Admin Console users<br />Diagnostics, Auditing & Statistics (2.1)<br />
    8. 8. OpenAthens LA<br />Extensible - modular<br />Fully Supported<br />Access to Athens-only resources with no additional subscription/configuration<br />Shibboleth 1.3 end-of-life in June 2010<br />
    9. 9. A typical Shibboleth installation<br />System administrator<br />IT Services<br />Shibboleth server<br />Librarian<br />Configuration<br />User-repository<br />End-users<br />
    10. 10. A typical OpenAthens LA installation<br />System administrator<br />Administration server<br />Runtime server(s)<br />Model<br />Runtime<br />Librarian<br />End-users<br />User-repository<br />Staff / students<br />
    11. 11. Insert Screen shot of Admin Console<br />
    12. 12.
    13. 13. Moving to OpenAthens LA<br />Currently running OpenAthens DA<br />Currently using OpenAthens MD<br />Considering Shibboleth<br />Currently running Shibboleth 1.3<br />
    14. 14. Questions<br />

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