Bath, September 12, 2016 – OpenAthens and Knowledge E today announce the signing of a new strategic partnership that will bring single sign-on (SSO) access to essential academic and professional information resources to a wider range of organisations throughout the Middle East.
OpenAthens provides secure SAML-based access for both service providers (including major academic and professional publishers across the world) and identity providers such as healthcare systems, research organisations and universities, connecting end-users with the information they need.
This new partnership will allow more organisations to join peers such as the Ministry of Health, Sultanate of Oman, in providing industry-standard single sign-on access to thousands of medical practitioners, researchers and students across the region.
Jon Bentley, Commercial Director for OpenAthens, commented, "organisations throughout the Middle East are among the world's leading users of electronic information. We're delighted to be working with Knowledge E to bring SSO to even more customers throughout the region, streamlining access to the valuable knowledge that professionals and academics refer to on a daily basis."
"Knowledge E is very excited to deepen its already successful collaboration with OpenAthens as a strategic partner for the Middle East," said Martin Jagerhorn, Chief Innovation Officer at Knowledge E. "The KnE Digital Library solution currently provides the premiere way for academic, hospital and corporate libraries in the Middle East to provide seamless access to their journal subscriptions. Libraries without a remote authentication solution, however, cannot utilize the full power that Knowledge E can bring to their users. By offering OpenAthens Single Sign On authentication along with the KnE Digital Library, Knowledge E can provide a seamless integrated solution to clients struggling with their existing authentication mechanism or lacking one entirely."
About Knowledge E
Knowledge E was established in 2012 and has quickly become synonymous with collaboration, innovation and progression. Based in Dubai, UAE, at the centre of a region of vision and ambition, Knowledge E works passionately with all types of organisations and government entities within research and education to support their continued innovation and development by providing them with leading expertise, information resources and software solutions. This includes the KnE eLibrary Solution for research literature discovery, and the KnE Publishing Platform for open access journal and conference proceedings publishing and indexing, along with associated research and publishing services for capacity building within academia.
The team at OpenAthens develops and supports identity and access management software. Its mission is to remove barriers to knowledge and connect people to information. Over 2,000 organizations use the software, equating to a worldwide network of millions of end-users. The OpenAthens international customer base includes a large number of universities in the UK and beyond, medical and national health organizations, and major corporate research organizations.
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OpenAthens is part of Eduserv, a not-for-profit IT services company based in Bath, UK, with a range of services that span identity and access management, managed cloud services, and digital development.