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OpenAthens bridges the worlds of knowledge management and information technology.

Managing employees, students, and other professionals requires a coordinated approach across teams and systems. When people change roles or licenses end, the resources and tools they need access to also change.

Any user directory that manages data and permissions must be continuously maintained. IT professionals and knowledge managers have years of training and experience in managing these requirements. When parallel systems work together, any disconnect between them can create confusion and security vulnerabilities. OpenAthens software is designed to work with many existing systems and provide clarity on accounts and how and they are being used.

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Services and features


OpenAthens is compatible with a range of SAML IdP software and integrates with your organization’s local directory, drawing library resources into the single sign-on experience. It’s a fully hosted cloud-based service that requires no IT support and administrators can access our administrative area tools with their own usernames and passwords. OpenAthens is fully supported and on a secure, high-availability platform.

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Access to resources

There are hundreds and thousands of journals, e-books, magazines and information products published across the world. OpenAthens is designed to simplify access to this vast range of resources so that there is no need to manage individual relationships with each product. The full range of resources that are available is maintained via the link below but we have tools in place that enable access to the majority of access and control systems.

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Fully managed for your organization

OpenAthens is a highly scalable service with a proven track record over many years. Our architecture is replicated, load balanced and fully resilient. It is a supported service with access 24/7 x 365 to the OpenAthens Service Desk. Information on the status of OpenAthens service is available via our support pages.

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