OpenAthens

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OpenAthens is an identity and access management service, supplied by Eduserv, a not-for-profit information technology services company based in United Kingdom. Identity provider (IdP) organisations can keep usernames in the cloud, locally or both. Integration with ADFS, LDAP or SAML is supported.[1] OpenAthens for Publishers (SP)[2] software for Service Providers supports multiple platforms and federations.


History[edit]

With origins in the University of Bath initiative to reduce IT procurement costs for itself and other universities, the Athens project was conceived in 1996. Spun off from Bath University through the vehicle of charitable status, Eduserv was established as a not for profit organisation in 1999.

The service was originally named Athena after the Greek goddess of knowledge and learning. It is rumoured that the name change was partially caused by a common typo, but it was actually due to the name Athena being already trademarked (EU000204735).[3] Launching as 'Athens' in 1997 (UK00002153200),[4] the name has since been changed to 'OpenAthens' in 2007 and renewed as such again in 2015 (EU013713821).[5]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "SAML and interoperability - OpenAthens". OpenAthens. 2016-03-17. Retrieved 2016-05-23. 
  2. ^ "OpenAthens SP". www.eduserv.org.uk. Retrieved 2016-01-22. 
  3. ^ information@ipo.gov.uk, Intellectual Property Office, Concept House, Cardiff Road, Newport, NP10 8QQ. "Intellectual Property Office - By number results". www.ipo.gov.uk. Retrieved 2016-01-22. 
  4. ^ information@ipo.gov.uk, Intellectual Property Office, Concept House, Cardiff Road, Newport, NP10 8QQ. "Intellectual Property Office - By number results". www.ipo.gov.uk. Retrieved 2016-01-22. 
  5. ^ information@ipo.gov.uk, Intellectual Property Office, Concept House, Cardiff Road, Newport, NP10 8QQ. "Intellectual Property Office - By number results". www.ipo.gov.uk. Retrieved 2016-01-25.