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August 2021 Newsletter

Upcoming Events On 24 September, Heather Staines will be talking about SeamlessAccess in a webinar entitled “Identity in Research Infrastructure: An overview of how identity is managed in scholarly infrastructure” as part of Peer Review Week 2021. You are cordially invited, please register here. SeamlessAccess and the User Journey SeamlessAccess is all about providing a seamless, intuitive user experience, with the ideal being that it “just works” with as little user interaction as possible.

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Summer 2021 Newsletter

Upcoming Events On 15 July 2021, the STM Association will be hosting a free webinar on “Web browsers, privacy, and your publishing platform webinar.” In this session, we’ll discuss the changes browser vendors are making to prevent ad networks from tracking users without notice. SeamlessAccess and Browser Changes Above, we mentioned the webinar scheduled for 15 July 2021. The changes on the browser roadmap are particularly important to organizations that support controlled access to online resources.

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Web browsers, privacy, and federated identity

Web browsers, privacy, and federated identity Dr. Jane Smith is a postdoc at a major research institution. Overnight, she upgraded her Apple Macbook to the latest version of Apple’s MacOS. While in her lab she powers up her Macbook and connects to the campus WiFi network. She reads an email from a colleague containing a link to a recently published journal article. She clicks the link, which launches the Safari browser on her Macbook, but receives a message from the publisher’s website saying she doesn’t have access to the article.

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Contract Language Working Group Entity Category Use Case Scenarios

Entity Category Use Case Scenarios The SeamlessAccess project has a number of initiatives that are designed to improve the wider world of federated authentication beyond just the SeamlessAccess service. Recognizing that existing solutions weren’t suitable for many of the use cases that libraries and publishers have in today’s information landscape, SeamlessAccess has led a number of efforts to improve the flow of authentication and authorization. The first of these was the Entity Category working group.

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May 2021 Newsletter

Upcoming Events If you’re interested in a different perspective on federation, education, and research, GÉANT’s TNC21 conference, June 21-25, is always a great source of information. It is also free and entirely virtual this year. More information is available at https://tnc21.geant.org/. ALA Annual runs from June 23-29, and always has excellent content for the library community. This year, Jason Griffey (NISO) and John Felts (Coastal Carolina University) are presenting a case study on SeamlessAccess to show how one library has approached the use of federated identity as part of their services.

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April 2021 Newsletter

SeamlessAccess.org is a service designed to help streamline the online access experience for researchers using scholarly collaboration tools, information resources, and shared research infrastructure. This service is governed as a coalition between four organizations: GÉANT, Internet2, the National Information Standards Organization (NISO), and the International Association of STM Publishers. Participants include researchers, service providers, libraries, identity providers, and federation operators. We’re excited to bring you up to date on the latest news.

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Identity Provider Filtering in SeamlessAccess

Identity Provider Filtering in SeamlessAccess Thoughts on architecture By Leif Johansson, Head of Infrastructure Services for SUNET and architect for SeamlessAccess Today SeamlessAccess presents a single view of all the identity providers it knows about - a single set of IdPs is available for searches to whatever SP is calling the discovery service. This presents a problem because of the reciprocity problem inherent in how identity federations based on SAML federations work.

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March 2021 Newsletter

SeamlessAccess is a service designed to help streamline the online access experience for researchers using scholarly collaboration tools, information resources, and shared research infrastructure. We’re back from a short hiatus in newsletter writing, and the last few months have seen quite a bit of work happening within SeamlessAccess and in the broader federated identity community! We’re excited to bring you up to date on the latest news. Upcoming Events On 16 March, OpenAthens is hosting a session at their Access Lab 2021 event that includes a case study on one library’s experience with SeamlessAccess, Shibboleth, and OpenAthens.

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February 2021 Newsletter

SeamlessAccess is a service designed to help streamline the online access experience for researchers using scholarly collaboration tools, information resources, and shared research infrastructure. We’re back from a short hiatus in newsletter writing, and the last few months have seen quite a bit of work happening within SeamlessAccess and in the broader federated identity community! We’re excited to bring you up to date on the latest news. Upcoming Events Upcoming Events The NISO Plus conference is happening this week, February 22-25, and SeamlessAccess is on the agenda!

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January 2021 Newsletter

SeamlessAccess is a service designed to help streamline the online access experience for researchers using scholarly collaboration tools, information resources, and shared research infrastructure. We’re back from a short hiatus in newsletter writing, and the last few months have seen quite a bit of work happening within SeamlessAccess and in the broader federated identity community! We’re excited to bring you up to date on the latest news. Upcoming Events The NISO Plus conference will be a wholly online event this year from February 22-25, and SeamlessAccess is on the agenda!

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