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Brighton, East Sussex, United Kingdom, 2010/06/23 - Semantico, a leading provider of services and technology for online publishing, has completed an important update to the Brill access management system. German users can now login using Shibboleth authentication when accessing Brill online.
With usage statistics becoming increasingly sophisticated and library budgets under pressure it’s becoming more and more important for publishers to make sure end users can access their publications as easily as possible so that institutions know the resource is valued. The addition of DFN-AAI, the German Shibboleth federation, to Brill’s online publishing platforms helps widen the readership of their publications by allowing end-users easy access through a mechanism they feel comfortable with.
Shibboleth allows users to identify which institution they would like to use to authenticate their access to online resources. Users gain access through a Where Are You From (WAYF) log-in screen that asks them to choose which institution they belong to. They can then login using a consistent user-name and password rather than having to remember different passwords for different online resources.
Access to Brill’s online resources is managed through the Semantico Access Management System (SAMS). SAMS provides a refined solution that can integrate with third-party systems to control access and subscriptions across multiple product sites containing journals, e-books, reference works, directories and scholarly publishing.
SAMS allows publishers to offer different access models to meet the varying needs of institutions and their end-users including perpetual and renewable subscriptions, limited free access, token or voucher based access and pay-per-view. Users can use a variety of methods to login, including IP address, secure referrer page, using a username & password, library card access and using Shibboleth authentication.
Sam Bruinsma, Business Development Director Brill, said, ‘We are enthusiastic about this latest update of our access management system. Offering Shibboleth has become a prerequisite for further developing our online presence in the German academic market. Our library customers want to improve their service for students and researchers by using Shibboleth. And we are convinced that facilitating easy access will increase the value of our online content’.
Richard Padley, Managing Director, Semantico said, ‘SAMS is designed to provide a powerful approach to the complex access management issues faced by academic publishers. Shibboleth authentication is clearly valued by end-users and we’re delighted that this update provides choice for researchers when logging in to Brill’s important online resources.’
About Koninklijke Brill NV
Brill (brill.nl) is an internationally oriented, academic publisher located in Leiden since 1683 and listed at the Amsterdam stock exchange. The majority of the programs are in Ancient Near East and Egypt; Middle East and Islamic Studies; Asian Studies (incl. Hotei imprint and Global Oriental); Classical Studies; Medieval and Early Modern Studies; Biblical and Religious Studies; Slavic Studies; Biology; Science (VSP imprint); Human Rights and Public International Law (Martinus Nijhoff imprint). The mainly English language publications consist to a large extent of (book) series, encyclopaedias and journals. In principle publications are made available in both print and electronic form. Under the imprint of IDC Publishers a large number of collections with primary sources are marketed in the above-named academic fields. Brill’s major markets are Europe, the United States and Japan. The majority of customers are academic institutes and libraries.
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.