Presentations - Parallel Sessions 1


Publisher Interface Study: download the presentation.

The JISC Publisher Interface Study2 has set out to to provide recommendations on the best terminology, best graphics and best discovery processes for publishers to use to support federated access on their websites, particularly for users entering through the publisher 'front door'. A main aim is to foster an improved experience for end-users of federated access in different countries and improved take-up of resource usage to suit the needs of both publishers and librarians. The report takes into account that Interface design is also a very complicated process for publishers serving multiple markets in different countries who need to meet the needs of different languages, different sectors and different end-users to provide a seamless experience. This presentation will set out the findings of this study and the ongoing strategy to influence publishers to improve the 'discoverability' of resources using federated access. Participants will be invited to comment on the findings and contribute to the current plans for effecting the changes recommended by the report.

The Library Experience - University of Birmingham: download the presentation.

The University of Birmingham implemented support for federated access during Spring and Summer 2008 in response to the timeline for termination of subsidised Athens funding. The implementation focussed on moving wholesale to Shibboleth authentication; implementing WAYFLess linking and single sign on to eLibrary services where possible. Over a year on, this session sets out to describe the work involved within the library Serials team in moving this large set of resources to Shibboleth authentication and integrating this new authentication method with our existing framework and systems. The session will also describe learning points and challenges of this implementation, some of which remain today. Finally, a set of next steps and improvements will be highlighted in order to move forward in providing a fully functional service. Close co-operation between librarians and technical colleagues is vital to the successful migration of library service authentication to Shibboleth.

The Library Experience - Nottingham Trent University: download the presentation

Nottingham Trent University (NTU) recognised the importance of this collaborative approach from the outset, and have continued to leverage its advantages throughout the implementation of Shibboleth based authentication. This session will briefly outline the nature of the technical infrastructure put in place at NTU and explain the approach taken by Libraries and Learning Resources (LLR) to to Shibboleth implementation - including migration workflows; user education and support; and WAYF and WAYFLess URL management. It will also explore some of the key implementation challenges that LLR has faced - including the mapping of Athens and Shibboleth PUIDs; inconsistent terminology on the provider and publisher sides; and the necessity to maintain a hybrid environment in which authentication workarounds persist.

Metadata Aggregation: download the presentation

By any measure, the UK federation is a great success. It has grown from its modest roots in the predecessor SDSS federation to encompass nearly eight hundred formal members who between them operate almost a thousand entities. In the age of the World Wide Web, however, we're used to being able to reach further than just those organisations with which we have direct formal arrangements. "Metadata aggregation" is one term for a technical approach that has been developed to help extend the reach of federation members beyond the limits imposed by a single federation's membership agreements into the realms of partner federations and beyond. Although the presentation will necessarily cover some technical topics, most will be dealt with at a conceptual level in the absence of detailed questions. Amongst the non-technical topics covered will be the impact that this technical approach has on our thinking about the role of federation organisations when federated access reaches "internet scale".