IOP Publishing joins GakuNin Japanese Shibboleth Federation

8 Dec 2011Bristol, UK

IOP Publishing (IOP) has expanded its Shibboleth compliance to include the Japanese Federation GakuNin.

Users in Japanese institutions who are members of GakuNin can now access subscribed content from multiple resources using just one ID and password, whether they are on or off-campus.

Shibboleth is an open-source software package for single web sign-on which simplifies account and access management continues to be implemented in research and education communities worldwide.

Olaf Ernst, Commercial Director at IOP said, “This is another step forward in our strategy to provide easy and convenient access for researchers to our quality content whenever and where-ever they need it”.

IOP is already a member of several Shibboleth Federations worldwide, including the UK Access Management Federation, the French RENATER, the Spanish RedIris, the German Higher Education and Research and the Portuguese RCTSaai.

Access to IOP’s content via Athens and IP addresses continues to be available for institutions that are not Shibboleth compliant and for institutions that wish to continue authenticating their users with these methods.