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OpenAthens & Shibboleth

Jon BentleyBy Jon Bentley
Category - Blog

Thursday 5th May 2016

OpenAthens to Shibboleth or Shibboleth to OpenAthens?

Both work together for single sign on.

This is a repeatedly asked question:

Do OpenAthens and Shibboleth work together?

Fortunately there is a simple answer: Yes

There are often complexities behind the integration, but the OpenAthens team are determined to eradicate complexity and replace it with simplicity wherever possible.

The common factor is that both OpenAthens and Shibboleth are based on SAML – Security Assertion Markup Language. This open-standards and framework is purposefully designed to ensure that single sign on is easy to implement and maintain across different applications!

SAML establishes a trust relationship between Identity Providers (IdPs) and Service Providers (SP).

IdPs refer to institutions and organisations that manage the list of individuals and their log-in details.

SPs refer to the platforms and applications that protect premium content and control access.

As long as either side of the equation are installed skilfully and with the latest standards – Shibboleth and OpenAthens work together. In fact they both work with any SAML compliant software.

The expert teams at OpenAthens ensure that our services comply with the latest standards for our customers. The ongoing challenge is to ensure that all other software it works with are also up-to-date.

This is a constantly evolving process, and our specialists are happy to provide a low-cost health check to identify whether your systems meet the required standards.

So, the simple answer is yes! OpenAthens and Shibboleth are compatible.

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