Free UKSG webinar - Authentication technology update: RA21 and OpenAthens

28 Nov 2017 14:00
28 Nov 2017 15:00

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Authentication technologies have come a long way from IP recognition and EZ Proxy but most services have not addressed the poor user experience associated with off-campus access, particularly on mobile and tablet devices. In 2017 the conversation around streamlining remote access has moved on from talk to real solutions.

In this webinar Josh Howlett of Jisc will update us on the RA21 initiative, while Phil Leahy will explore why organisations are moving to managed identity management solutions and how OpenAthens has responded to publisher feedback with its new OpenAthens Cloud product.

Date: Tuesday 28 November 2017
Time: 1400 GMT
Duration: 45-60 minutes including Q&A



  • Josh Howlett, Head of trust and identity, Jisc
  • Phil Leahy, Service Relationship Manager (IAM), Eduserv
Tasha Mellins-Cohen, Director of Publishing, Microbiology Society


 Read more about Tasha Mellins-Cohen. Being involved with UKSG gives me an opportunity to reach beyond the echo chamber and find out what affects librarians and their communities, as well as publishers. UKSG events exemplify collaboration, networking and learning across the spectrum of scholarly communications professionals, providing a way to create positive, lasting changes in our industry.



Webinar attendees will understand the OpenAthens offer, including a new WAYF service, and the aims of the RA21 pilot projects.

Subject level and previous knowledge required:

Introductory and non-intensive, no previous knowledge or experience required. 

The intended audience includes librarians and publishers with an awareness of authentication and authorisation tools such as OpenAthens, seeking more detail on future developments in the space. 



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