Participation In the UK Access Management Federation with Open Athens


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This presentation on the benefits of participating in the UK Access Management Federation through OpenAthens was given by Eduserv's Andrew Tavener at the Yorkshire and Humber RSC fair.

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  • Participation In the UK Access Management Federation with Open Athens

    1. 1. Participating in the UK Access Management federation with OpenAthens Andrew Tavener – FAM Fair: The Options Explored 4 th March 2009
    2. 2. Eduserv <ul><li>Not-for-profit IT services on behalf of universities and colleges in the UK </li></ul><ul><li>Charitable mission to realise the benefits of IT for learning and research </li></ul><ul><li>Shared services include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Chest Agreements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>OpenAthens </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Web Hosting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Web Content Management </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Web Development </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. Agenda <ul><li>The current situation </li></ul><ul><li>What is OpenAthens? </li></ul><ul><li>Benefits </li></ul><ul><li>Subscribing </li></ul><ul><li>Future developments </li></ul>
    4. 4. The current situation <ul><li>351 institutions subscribed to OpenAthens </li></ul><ul><ul><li>60% FE Colleges </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>40% HEIs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>28% subscribed for 3 years </li></ul></ul><ul><li>NHS </li></ul><ul><li>Millions of learners and researchers worldwide </li></ul><ul><li>200 SPs </li></ul>
    5. 5. The current situation <ul><li>90% satisfied with the service </li></ul><ul><li>90% were quite likely/very likely to recommend </li></ul>Satisfaction research Dec 2008 “ I welcome what they do, I’m pleased they are there” “ They were very helpful with our transition to the UK access federation as our authentication route ”
    6. 6. Intent from Aug 1 st 2009 <ul><li>3% indicated that they did not intent to subscribe </li></ul><ul><li>Some will subscribe for the 1 st time </li></ul><ul><li>Expect 340 to 350 universities and colleges </li></ul>Institutional intent survey Jan 2009
    7. 7. Resources Intent survey Jan 2009 Resources Ave How many resources do you subscribe to? 265 Athens 62% Shibboleth 40% Other 8%
    8. 8. It’s all about resources! <ul><li>Athens & Shibboleth resources will co-exist </li></ul><ul><li>New technologies = New opportunities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>OpenID </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CardSpace </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Standards are continually evolving </li></ul><ul><li>Solutions must be flexible, adaptable & cost effective </li></ul>
    9. 9. What is OpenAthens? <ul><li>OpenAthens is a standards based framework of software and services for Access and Identity Management. </li></ul><ul><li>And …. </li></ul><ul><li>uniquely for you, there is a fixed annual subscription to OpenAthens that provides unlimited access to ALL of the software and services that make up the OpenAthens framework. </li></ul>
    10. 10. What is OpenAthens? <ul><li>Fixed annual subscription </li></ul><ul><li>Shared service model </li></ul><ul><li>Everyone pays a contribution </li></ul>LA MD SP
    11. 11. What are the components of OpenAthens? <ul><li>OpenAthens MD (Managed Directory) </li></ul><ul><li>OpenAthens LA (Local Authentication) </li></ul><ul><li>OpenAthens SP (Service Provider) </li></ul>
    12. 12. What are the components of OpenAthens? <ul><li>Plus …….. </li></ul><ul><li>MyAthens (resource discovery & management tool) </li></ul><ul><li>Administrator tools </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reporting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Statistics </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Service and support </li></ul>
    13. 13. What do you get? <ul><li>OpenAthens MD </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Eduserv holds the institution’s user identifiers & attributes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Managed through secure web-based interface </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Self registration, bulk uploads and account activation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Resilient replicated databases </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Access to Athens & Shibboleth protected resources </li></ul></ul>Classic Athens
    14. 14. What do you get? <ul><li>OpenAthens LA </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Standards based software </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Utilises an institution’s directory services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Eduserv receives and assertion of authentication </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SSO for internal and external resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Access to Athens & Shibboleth protected resources </li></ul></ul>Athens DA or Shibboleth
    15. 15. What do you get? <ul><li>OpenAthens SP </li></ul>
    16. 16. Intent Survey Jan 2009/10 <ul><li>Advantages of OpenAthens </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Familiarity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Continuity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No additional work for the Library </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Simple and easy to use and administer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Usage statistics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Participation in UK Access Management federation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Access to Shibboleth resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Access to non-Shibbolised resources </li></ul></ul>
    17. 17. Intent Survey Jan 2009/10 <ul><li>Advantages of OpenAthens </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Do not have to develop in-house IdP </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Minimal impact on internal IT </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Access to online resources off campus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Good value </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Peace of mind, support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enables a smooth transition to local authentication </li></ul></ul>
    18. 18. What will it cost from 1 st Aug 2009? <ul><li>3-year subscriptions fixed at 2008/9 rates </li></ul><ul><li>3% increase for 2009/10 renewals </li></ul><ul><li>Download sign-up form and return by end of June 09 </li></ul> JISC Band Annual subscription from 1 st Aug 09 A £8,320 B £7,440 C £6,570 D £5,690 E £4,820 F £3,940 G £3,060 H £2,190 I £1,310 J £700
    19. 19. Future developments <ul><li>Engagement with universities & colleges </li></ul><ul><ul><li>OpenAthens workshops Feb & March (198 delegates) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Annual satisfaction survey </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Intent survey </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Service Desk satisfaction survey </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Product Advisory Groups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Beta test programmes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ad-hoc feedback via help and service desks </li></ul></ul>
    20. 20. Future developments <ul><li>Choice – Value – Reduced Risk </li></ul><ul><li>Easy adoption of new standards and technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Improved user experience </li></ul><ul><li>Improved Administration tools - > capability < work! </li></ul>
    21. 21. Future developments <ul><li>OpenAthens LA 2.0 </li></ul><ul><li>Ability to add non-Athens resources to resource lists </li></ul><ul><li>Improved statistics (Shibboleth) </li></ul><ul><li>Graphical reporting </li></ul>Coming summer 2009 OpenAthens workshops www.eduservevents
    22. 22. Choose OpenAthens if …….. <ul><li>Fixed annual budget </li></ul><ul><li>Need to provide access to Athens & Shib resources </li></ul><ul><li>Wish to make resources available </li></ul><ul><li>IT department has more important things to do </li></ul><ul><li>The student experience is key </li></ul>
    23. 23. Choose OpenAthens if …….. <ul><li>Do not have a robust 24x7x365 support process </li></ul><ul><li>Want the flexibility to move to LA at some point </li></ul><ul><li>Learners are not in your institutional directory </li></ul><ul><li>Recognise that standards and technology change </li></ul><ul><li>Do not want the upheaval of implementing and supporting new technologies </li></ul>
    24. 24. The bottom line …… <ul><li>“ I hope they continue to be successful, as they provide a nice, simple service. The alternative, Shibboleth is a horrible complicated service, which would require our IT department to do a lot of work which we don’t have time to do” </li></ul>Satisfaction Research Dec 2008
    25. 25. Any questions? [email_address] 01225 474380 [email_address]