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Publisher software for access management.


OpenAthens service provider software enables your organizations to provide and manage access to your web-based resources securely.

OpenAthens means you can support multiple access management federations and keep up to date with the latest standards as new technologies emerge.

Our authentication protocols provide a single connection to your platform, and a secure online configuration manager that removes the need to manually configure and maintain XML configuration files on the server.

OpenAthens offers a highly flexible solution for Service Providers due to its modular architecture, open work-flow and data-management platform. This allows Service Providers to choose the technologies that are most appropriate to their markets.

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Customers, federations and integration

Publishers that use OpenAthens

Some of the largest publishers in the world use OpenAthens SP in order to operate in more than 20 access management federations.

Some of our customers:

American Psychological Association
British Standards Institution
Cambridge University Press
Financial Times
Harvard University Press
National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)
Learning on Screen
Nature Publishing Group
New Scientist
Reed Business Information
Royal College of Psychiatrists
Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain
Thomson Reuters
Wolters Kluwer

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Supported federations

OpenAthens products and services are used in many federations across the world:

Austria (ACOnet)
Belgium (Belnet)
Canada (CAF)
Chile (COFRe)
China (CARSI)
Czech Republic (
Denmark (WAYF)
France (RENATER)
Germany (DFN-AAI)
Holland (SURFfederatie)
Hungary (
Ireland (Edugate)
Italy (IDEM)
Japan (GakuNin)
New Zealand (Tuakiri)
OpenAthens Federation
Portugal (RCTSaai)
Spain (SIR)
Switzerland (SWITCHaai)
United Kingdom (UK Access Management Federation)
USA (InCommon)

Easy to use with simple integration

OpenAthens has a web-based dashboard to manage configurations and perform maintenance and upgrades.

The cross-platform API support fully integrates with other systems and minimal effort is needed to keep up-to-date with software updates provided in an online repository.

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