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Why OpenAthens? Over four million people across the globe use our single sign-on software to access e-resources.

OpenAthens is the gateway between the online world of subscription-based content and those who want to access it via their organization. It is the dashboard that makes librarians’ lives less complex. It is the portal that extends the audience of publishers. It is robust, reliable and ever-evolving.

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Benefits 2,000 organizations in 46 countries use OpenAthens for identity and access management.
Since 1995 we have been removing barriers to knowledge and connecting people to information.

Information Managers

Single sign-on access for end-users saves information professionals the hassle of managing multiple credentials. Using a dashboard designed by librarians, you can save time and money and audit resource usage.

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Publishers

With single sign-on, publishers increase engagement and remove the burden of username and password management for high volume subscribers. Federated access management opens you up to a world of information hungry readers.

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IT Teams

IT teams are increasingly involved in researching single sign-on software for online resources. Our specialist software requires minimal set-up from your team. It comes with dedicated support, regular updates and detailed documentation.

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What we do

Identity management

At the heart of our software is the question: who are you? We provide a solution for Identity Providers wanting local authentication with a central directory. Also organizations wishing to create a separate managed directory.

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Access management

OpenAthens delivers access management for publishers, platforms and applications. There are two pillars to OpenAthens access management: OpenAthens software for Service Providers and the OpenAthens Federation.

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Single sign-on

Our single sign-on software creates a session that allows the end-user to move from resource to resource without re-entering their credentials. At the back-end, our customers set up and manage this within an easy-to-use dashboard.

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SAML and interoperability

We deliver federated access management using SAML and integrate with other SAML systems including Shibboleth. If you manage end-users or publishing platforms, easily join this trusted, interoperable network with OpenAthens.

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Statistics and intelligence

Our single sign-on service provides statistics in two useful ways. Firstly, a top level comparison of which resources are being accessed. Plus engagement by groups or individuals with specific resources. Run reports, access charts, export data.

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Fully supported service

OpenAthens is a fully supported single sign-on solution for organizations. Annual subscription includes service desk help for publishers, IT teams and information professionals. Plus comprehensive documentation.

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Get the Detail - discover how OpenAthens can work for you in these guides:

Information Managers

Information Managers

Connect your users to the resources they need with a single sign-on. Learn more about how OpenAthens can benefit your organization.

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Publishers

Publishers

Deliver secure access to your content.  See the access management federations we support. Discover how OpenAthens can benefit your organization.

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IT Teams

IT Teams

Connect your users to e-resources securely. Deliver easy integration with your current systems. Read more about the benefits of OpenAthens.

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Just some of the organizations that use our identity and access management software:

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