RA21: Technologies Tested and Solution Selected

Why RA21? The world of seamless access to scholarly content has a problem: current methods of access fail the tests of scalability, support for user privacy, and interoperability. In our recent statement regarding the growth of access brokers in the library and publishing markets, RA21 explains that by using open standards and building upon years […]

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August 27, 2018

The Future of Digital Identity and RA21

Federated identity services have been around for close to twenty years. The research and academic space served as a development and proving ground for standards like SAML and technologies like Shibboleth and CAS, and the commercial space ran with those ideas with standards like OAuth and OpenID Connect (OIDC). The success of companies like Google, […]

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February 12, 2018

2017 wrap up

As one year ends and another begins, it’s useful to take a moment to consider what has been accomplished to date with RA21, and what we expect in the coming year. RA21 formally started in mid-2016, as several STM members started to consider the growing number of issues with IP authorization and the limitations of […]

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December 21, 2017

RA21 Workshop – September 1, 2017

On 1 September, SURF hosted an RA21 general session and pilot workshop at their offices in Utrecht, NL. Approximately 25 people attended in person, with another 12 attending remotely. When compared to the event in London, this event had a more even distribution of librarians, vendors, publishers, and federation operators attending. The day opened with […]

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September 4, 2017

RA21 Workshop – July 7, 2017

Earlier this month, RA21 held a series of events at the lovely JISC office in London. The day started with an introduction to RA21; this session saw nearly 50 people in the room, along with another 50 people viewing the event online. The introduction included a summary of the problems around identity discovery that RA21 […]

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July 25, 2017

Federated Identity and Privacy

Over the next few blog posts, we’ll be diving into some of the issues brought up in the RA21 FAQ. This week, let’s talk about the use of federated identity and privacy. Almost everyone online has been to a site that requires the user to register, and offers the possibility of using one of their […]

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May 25, 2017

RA21 Workshop Wrap-up

The RA21 Workshop, a half-day event held in Washington, DC in parallel with the STM Annual US Conference Society Day, was quite a success. Thirty-five people attended, representing publishers, librarians, vendors, and identity federation operators interested in moving the RA21 project forward. Slides from the event are available here (RA21Workshop-April2017-final). The workshop started with an […]

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May 1, 2017

RA21 Workshop – April 25, 2017

The RA21 project is picking up speed! On April 25, there will be a workshop in Washington, DC, focused on the academic pilot efforts. Each pilot will have an hour to discuss the goals and outputs expected from that effort, and to discuss the particular challenges that are the target of that pilot’s efforts. The […]

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April 20, 2017