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Glossary

Key terms used throughout this site and the onboarding process

The process of logging in against a set of approved usernames and passwords or IP address ranges.

The process of permitting access to protected content based on user attributes.

Information about an individual e.g. email address, job title or department.

A set of user information managed centrally by an organization containing information about the organization’s members e.g. name, department, email address.

A web service that indexes the whole of a library’s holdings, so that users can easily search many different resources at once.

A group of organizations consisting of identity providers and service providers which enables access to content via agreed attributes and eligibility.

'Internet Protocol address' - a numerical value (e.g. 123.123.123.0) assigned to each computer for the purposes of communication with other devices.

A form of access management that grants access to resources based on the IP address of a user’s device.

An international federation run by OpenAthens. All OpenAthens customers are in the federation. A federation is a group of organizations consisting of identity providers and service providers which enables access to content via agreed attributes and eligibility.

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Software that acts as an intermediary between users and content. Often used to facilitate remote access to subscription-based content.

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'Security assertion mark-up language’ - a protocol for exchanging security information between individual applications.

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