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An Introduction to RA21: Resource Access for the 21st Century

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c/o SURF

Kantoren Hoog Overborch Hoog Catharijne Nederland

Moreelsepark 48

3511 EP Utrecht

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RA21 (Resource Access for the 21st Century) is a joint STM and NISO initiative aimed at facilitating a seamless user experience for consumers of scientific communication when they seek access to scholarly resources, by optimizing protocols across key stakeholder groups, such as Libraries, ID management services, platform and content providers and publishers.

Traditional approaches to identity and access management present challenges to users, librarians, and publishers. It is not uncommon for those with access to subscribed content to confront paywalls when outside their institutional IP domain. Frequently the user experience with IP access is not seamless due to workflow or location issues. Further, this anonymous form of authentication provides inadequate security, and limits the ability of librarians and publishers to understand patterns of usage and respond with greater customization.

RA21 aims to:

  • Recommend new solutions for access strategies beyond IP recognition practices
  • Explain the standard measures that publishers, libraries and end-users should undertake for better protocols and security
  • Test and improve solutions by organizing pilots in a variety of environments for the creation of best practice recommendations

This half day event will provide an overview of the challenges RA21 is seeking to address, particularly where they apply to end users and librarians. We will review all RA21 pilots and share their findings to date on how to improve the user experience.

The morning will be followed by a networking lunch.

For anyone unable to attend in person, the session will be made available remotely. Please ensure that you select the ‘Remote participant’ option when registering so that the relevant access information can be sent out to you.

Who should attend?

Library representatives, publishers, educational access management federations, vendors and service providers.

An introduction to RA21 - programme

09.00 – 09.30 Registration and refreshments

09.30 – 10.30 Plenary session: The plenary session will provide an overview of the challenges RA21 is seeking to address, and provide an introduction and update on all RA21 pilots.

10.30 – 11.30 UX session: The project will report on progress in improving the experience of those accessing scholarly resources at provider platforms and engage participants in reviewing the design and pathways.

11.30 – 12.30 Lunch & networking

Register as a Remote Participant to access the session online.

Location: SURF is only 30 minutes by train from Amsterdam's Schiphol airport. Directions.

The afternoon will be reserved for those actively participating in the academic pilot working groups to take forward those initiatives. If you are interested in participating, please fill in the form on the contact page of the RA21.org website with your email address and mention which pilot you are interested in.

About the Academic pilots:

RA21 Privacy Preserving Persistent WAYF Pilot (P3W)

The RA21 Privacy Preserving Persistent WAYF (P3W) pilot seeks to validate the use of SAML-based federated authentication technologies to provide seamless access to scholarly resources for authorized users at participating institutions. The pilot seeks to demonstrate how institutional login credentials can be leveraged to provide a similar level of seamless access to scholarly resources that today’s IP address authentication provides through significantly streamlined Where Are You From (WAYF) UI flows whilst preserving the privacy of the end user.

The pilot will include participants at academic institutions that subscribe to scholarly resources, publishers, educational access management federations, vendors and service providers.

RA21 WAYF Cloud Pilot

The WAYF Cloud pilot seeks to validate the use of a cloud service to facilitate the exchange of information between publisher platforms for the purpose of Identity Provider discovery.

The pilot will leverage academic authentication systems for user access to publisher platforms and will demonstrate how the exchange of information between publisher platforms can reduce the repetition of user actions across publishers and provide the same type of seamless access to scholarly resources that today’s IP address authentication provides.

Participants in the WAYF Cloud pilot will include academic organizations, service providers, publishers with content on the Literatum platform from Atypon and publishers with content on other publishing platforms willing to integrate their platforms to the WAYF Cloud service (it may also be necessary to include their platform vendors).

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Kantoren Hoog Overborch Hoog Catharijne Nederland

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