Zetoc – Shibboleth authentication now active

Off-campus access to the Zetoc abstracting service has been moved from Athens to Shibboleth authentication in both eSearch and SFX. Athens based access to the service will be withdrawn by EDINA on 31 July 2008. More detailed information, along with an illustrated walkthrough has been added to the relevant section of the eServices support wiki.

Additional resources now using Shibboleth authentication

Off-campus access to the following resources, which required the customer to provide their university domain, username and password, has now been integrated with the Shibboleth service. Links in eSearch and SFX have been updated accordingly:

  • Bridgeman Education
  • Construction Building Abstracts
  • Key Note
  • Knovel
  • Linguistics Abstracts
  • New Left Review
  • Perdita Manuscripts: Women Writers, 1500-1700
  • Urbadoc
  • Verdict Research
  • WARC Market Research Abstracts

More detailed information, along with an illustrated walkthrough has been added to the relevant section of the eServices support wiki.

Academia Portal: Einstein Network

As the result of a service query, the Academia Portal: Einstein Network has confirmed that the streaming video content on the platform is only currently accessible on Windows based PCs (and not on the Apple Mac platform) and through the Internet Explorer browser (version 5.5, or above). Firefox and other browsers and not supported at present.

Jorum User – Shibboleth authentication now active

Authentication for NTU staff members to enable them to access learning object materials in the Jorum repository has now been activated. Athens based authentication to the service will be withdrawn by EDINA on 31 July 2008. Individual user registration is required to use the service. Staff members who have previously registered using their Athens credentials will need to re-register to use the service using Shibboleth based authentication. Detailed information, an illustrated walkthrough, and a brief guide to the registration process, is provided in the relevant section of the eServices Support Materials wiki. [To emphasise: the Jorum resource is intended for use by teaching staff; and is not open to individual student use].

Education Image Gallery – Shibboleth authentication active in eSearch

Off-campus authentication to the Education Image Gallery has now been migrated to Shibboleth in eSearch. Athens based authentication to the service will be withdrawn by EDINA on 31 July 2008. Detailed information, and an illustrated walkthrough, is provided in the relevant section of the eServices Support Materials wiki.

EBSCOhost – new platform now live

The new EBSCOhost platform (v.2.0) is now live, offering a range of additional and enhanced services. All existing inbound and outbound LLR connections to all of the databases on the EBSCOhost platform will continue to work as before. A brief introduction to the service enhancements introduced in EBSCOhost 2.0 can be found by following the New features! link in the top-right hand corner of the EBSCOhost screen. The LLR databases delivered through the EBSCOhost platform are:

  • Abstracts in Social Gerontology
  • Academic Search Elite
  • Business Source Premier
  • EconLit
  • PsycINFO
  • Regional Business News
  • SPORTDiscus
  • Textile Technology Index
  • Violence & Abuse Abstracts
  • Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts
  • International Bibliography of the Social Sciences

Shibboleth – Digimap – re-registration required

From 31 July, access to the Digimap service will be by University username and password (Shibboleth) only and no longer available via Athens username and password. All existing Digimap registrations will lapse on 31 July, and customers of the service will be required to re-register. (This is a requirement that EDINA has introduced for all its Digimap customer sites).

During the re-registration process, there is an opportunity to associate the new registration with a previously active one. New registrations will, of course, also be accepted.

Links in eSearch to the Digimap service now point to the Shibboleth login screen, so (re)-registrations can be actioned now, ahead of the 31 July switchover. A guide to the revised registration process is available in the LLR Shibboleth wiki. The existing guide to Digimap registration on the main LLR web site will need to be slightly revised to take into account changes in the registration process.

EDINA services – withdrawal of Athens authentication, 31 July 2008

Most of the service providers migrating from Athens to Shibboleth based authentication are running the two systems in parallel for a transitional period. An exception to this is the services provided through the EDINA platform. The option for off-campus visitors to log in using an Athens username and password for EDINA hosted services with be withdrawn after 31 July 2008. The login options will then by by IP (on-campus) and by University username and password (Shibboleth – off-campus).

Links to the affected services in eSearch have now been updated to point off-campus visitors to the correct Shibboleth login screen. The databases in question are:

  • Digimap (on- and off-campus)
  • Film and Sound Online
  • Land, Life and Leisure

Web of Knowledge / Web of Science service problems

MIMAS have confirmed that that there is currently a service problem affecting native interface searches in the Web of Knowlege and Web of Science platform. They report:

Please note there are problems with the service and Thomson Reuters are investigating as a matter of urgency. Our apologies to those users affected.

The affected services are:

  • Web of Knowledge
  • Web of Science
  • ISI Proceedings
  • Journal Citation Reports

Searches are frequently timing out or running very slowly, and screens within the interface are often not rendering or displaying properly. Remote searches and metasearching of enabled resources in eSearch are running normally, but links through from eSearch to the record in the native Web of Science interface are affected by the same problems.

eServices will update once MIMAS release more details.

New resource: CIS (Construction Information Service)

Access to the Construction Information Service database has been activated in eSearch. Access on-campus and off-campus is by Athens username and password. The resource is described as follows:

The Construction Information Service provides electronic access to an index of standards, regulatory and advisory documents for the UK construction industry plus their full-text images, either scanned facsimiles or in Adobe PDF format. The Service gives you both bibliographic data such as document titles and summaries and facsimile images of the original documents.

CIS has been added to the same eSearch sub-Categories as the withdrawn Barbour Construction service (in Architecture and Civil Engineering; Property, Construction and Surveying; and Psychology, Sociology, Health and Social Care). CIS is provided on the same IHS platform as the OHSIS and Trading Standards Specialist services.