US-based information research solutions provider Ovid Technologies, part of Wolters Kluwer Health, has announced that it has expanded its Shibboleth compliance for Ovid and SilverPlatter, its two precision search and discovery platforms, to French and German federations. Now, institutions in France and Germany which are part of the Shibboleth Federation can establish authorisation rights for end users allowing for secure, single sign-on access to important resources on OvidSP and SilverPlatter. Last year, Ovid announced its Shibboleth compliance with the UK Access Management Federation for Education and Research, which is made up of educational institutions throughout the UK.
Content vendors use a variety of authentication mechanisms to manage access to their products. The security vulnerabilities and variety of these mechanisms make it difficult for a library portal to provide uniform and reliable access to the library's electronic subscriptions. Various institutions can join together in a Shibboleth federation, enabling users to get easy single sign-on access to content resources at institutions within the federation.
OvidSP was first released in October 2007. The platform incorporates Ovid's industry-leading precision search technology and robust mapping tools designed to deliver answers to important scholarly research questions faster, simpler, and more effectively for all types of users, from beginners to expert searchers.