Old Brookville, NY, July 25 , 2007— WebFeat announced today that automated support for Athens Authentication (from Eduserv) has been added to its WebFeat Express product. Athens joins other remote user authentication schemes already supported with WebFeat Express, including: all major ILS system RPAs, EZ Proxy, Shibboleth, username/password, IP range and referring URL. Library administrators can easily configure remote authentication in minutes using the automated handshake feature found in the WebFeat Administration Console.
WebFeat's implementation of Athens enables single sign-on for all resources, regardless of whether the native resource supports Athens authentication. Libraries may use Athens for remote user authentication, and transparently mix a variety of authentication methods in tandem to authenticate commercial databases. These include IP, Shibboleth, username/password, and hybrids. Once logged in via Athens, the user is never prompted again for authentication, regardless of the authentication method used by the commercial vendor. The optional WebFeat Proxy enables single sign-on for native search interfaces as well as federated search, offering a one-stop authentication capability using Athens for all search situations.
Athens is a standard for secure access management to web-based services for the UK education and health sectors. Today over 2000 organizations in 100 countries use Athens, with over 4 million users worldwide gaining access to hundreds of essential online resources from Content Providers around the globe. Customers include health, research, academia, other public sector organisations and the private sector.
Bournemouth University is WebFeat's first UK customer to implement a WebFeat Express system with Athens Authentication. Bournemouth University's WebFeat system includes access to nearly 90 electronic resources, any or all of which can be simultaneously searched from a single, interface customized for the Library. WebFeat can be accessed from within the library or remotely via Athens.
"WebFeat Express has been selected on the strengths of its intuitive interface; compatibility with a wide range of specified resources; the ease of use of the administrative module and the product's competitive pricing," said Chris Spencer, Library Procurement & Systems Development Manager, Bournemouth University. "We expect that its introduction will prove popular with our community by enhancing their searching experience whilst improving access to popular resources."
Todd Miller, President of WebFeat, stated, "The joining of WebFeat authentication technology with Athens has realized the long-sought goal of single sign-on for all commercial resources. This breakthrough has tremendous benefit for library users."
Learn more about Athens at http://www.athensams.net/
To learn more about Bournemouth University Library go to http://www.bournemouth.ac.uk/library/
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