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AvatarBy Michelle Silvestre
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Tuesday 29th January 2019

Did you know OpenAthens works with several third-party applications?

We’ve connected with key applications and platforms, from Microsoft Azure to Google’s G Suite, to integrate our products with theirs to give our library customers the best and widest possible user experience. We are constantly looking for ways to develop our relationships with third-party applications and service providers to help to remove barriers to content for the end user.

We’ve picked out a few things you may not know about OpenAthens services:

Did you know OpenAthens links in with G Suite?

G Suite (formally Google Apps), cloud computing productivity and collaboration tools, software and products developed by Google, is one of the most widely used applications which is why we saw it as essential to collaborate to give our users with a G Suite account, or those wishing to have one, a streamlined experience.

There are different options for interacting with G Suite – you can either use your Google user directory to login to OpenAthens, in which case G Suite will become your identity provider, or access G Suite with an OpenAthens account.

Did you know OpenAthens Redirector can integrate with EBSCO and TDNet content discovery services?

We formed partnerships with two major global providers – EBSCO and TDNet, to provide a single sign-on solution which allows users to avoid using multiple logins which is one of the biggest barriers to providing a smooth user journey to accessing content.

By integrating with EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) and TDNet Discover, users have one login to access a single search box meaning access and authentication can be combined all in one streamlined approach.

OpenAthens Redirector also integrates with ExLibris Alma, SFX, Summon, Aleph, OCLC WorldShare Management Service, Ovid LinkSolver, BrowZine, as well as browser extensions Lean Library, Zotero and LibX to streamline and simplify off-network and mobile-access for users.

Did you know OpenAthens connects to the majority of SAML sources?

By connecting with the major SAML sources the hassle of creating personal accounts for your users is avoided.

We can connect to directories such as Microsoft Azure, G Suite, OneLog, Shibboleth, CAS, SirsiDynix, OKTA, Ping Identity and many more.

Follow the link for more information on third-party integration and step-by-step guides on using OpenAthens in conjunction with said applications: https://docs.openathens.net/display/public/TPA/Working+with+third+party+applications


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