SPIE Announces New Partnership with OpenAthens

The collaboration will provide SPIE digital library partner platforms with OpenAthens’ Industry-leading single sign-on software
20 January 2020
SPIE Announces New Partnership with OpenAthens
SPIE Announces New Partnership with OpenAthens

BELLINGHAM, Washington, USA and CARDIFF, UK — SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, is pleased to announce a new partnership with OpenAthens, an industry leader in institutional authentication for digital libraries.

The new collaboration will leverage OpenAthens' institutional authentication for each of SPIE's digital library partner platforms, including the Society's own SPIE Digital Library site which offers the world's largest collection of applied optics and photonics research.

With its organization-discovery service Wayfinder option and active support of RA21 recommended practices — facilitating seamless user experience in accessing online resources — the OpenAthens partnership with SPIE ensures that all digital library platforms that SPIE supports will be able to leverage OpenAthens' technology.

"Our partnership with OpenAthens is a great development for researchers accessing content through all of our partner platforms, including our own SPIE Digital Library," says SPIE CTO Scott Ritchey. "Through this relationship we look forward to building on the latest authentication experiences and improving institutional access globally."

"SPIE offers a wealth of information in their specialist area," says OpenAthens Commercial Director Jon Bentley. "We play a small but significant part in their distribution of this intelligence, unlocking the door to those who need it and where it will have the biggest impact. It's exciting to be part of their journey."

About OpenAthens
We make it easy for people to access knowledge through single sign-on. Our mission is to enable people to achieve great things by connecting them to knowledge and information, whenever and wherever they need it. We strive to be the world's most user-friendly single sign-on experience and help more than 2,600 organisations worldwide to provide simple and secure access to online resources for their end users. OpenAthens is a Jisc enterprise.

For more information visit our website or contact@openathens.net.

About SPIE

SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics, an educational not-for-profit organization founded in 1955 to advance light-based science, engineering, and technology. The Society serves 255,000 constituents from 183 countries, offering conferences and their published proceedings, continuing education, books, journals, and the SPIE Digital Library. In 2019, SPIE provided more than $5.6 million in community support including scholarships and awards, outreach and advocacy programs, travel grants, public policy, and educational resources. www.spie.org.

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