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Brighton, East Sussex, United States, 2009/02/24 - Semantico, a leading provider of services and technology for online publishing, is delighted to announce a new release of its successful SAMS access management system for online publishing offering full support for Shibboleth version 1.3 and 2.0.
This new version positions SAMS as a next-generation access system; facilitating federated, single sign-on access and offering improved data security and convenience for end-users, and giving more streamlined and powerful options for institutional users and publishers.
The update will also allow institutions more easily to comply with the direction currently being given by JISC, which recently announced its decision to move from Athens to ‘a new generation access management service, based on the Shibboleth technology’, and is encouraging its stakeholders to embrace federated access.
The new Shibboleth-enabled version of SAMS has already been successfully deployed with two of Semantico’s major clients and further implementations are underway.
Since its launch in 2003, SAMS has grown a large installed base, aided by its flexibility in covering access models for journals, e-books, reference works, directories and scholarly publishing. Users include Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Dawson Books, Brill and Hodder Education. The largest SAMS deployment handles in excess of 5 million authentication requests per month, and in excess of 20 million API requests.
Richard Padley, Managing Director, Semantico, said: ‘This new version of SAMS represents a step change in our ability to provide next generation access solutions to clients and their users. We have always been keen to embrace federated access management, having supported Athens since 2001, and we see the growth of the installed base using Shibboleth within the academic community as an important stepping stone towards the goal of Identity 2.0’.
Semantico (semantico.com) was formed in 1999 to develop online publishing solutions for the publishing industry. Its mission is to be the partner of choice in helping clients realise the full potential of internet technologies for delivering digital information services. Semantico works to make clients' information ever more discoverable, more useful and more valuable.
Semantico's content delivery tool-sets, subscription management products, and hosting and support services enable rapid and robust, customised solutions for a wide range of clients.
Semantico's management team has a considerable breadth of experience in publishing, e-commerce B2B and B2C online sectors. Its strong engineering background allied with a focus on user-centred design processes ensure that it maintains high standards in its existing and new products, while providing the innovation necessary to compete effectively in emerging online markets.