Accessible Archives Announces Shibboleth Compliance

Malvern, PA (January 17, 2012) — Accessible Archives, Inc.®, a publisher of electronic full-text searchable historical databases, is pleased to announce that it will be fully Shibboleth® compliant by April of this year. Shibboleth is a registered trademark of Internet2, an advanced networking consortium led by the U.S. research and education community. Shibboleth is used by the the 900-member UK Access Management Federation for Education and Research to provide a single solution for accessing online resources and services.

The Shibboleth System is a standards based, open source software package, rapidly growing in popularity. It provides web-based single sign-on across or within organizational boundaries. It allows sites to make informed authorization decisions for individual access of protected online resources in a privacy-preserving manner. The Shibboleth software implements widely used federated identity standards to provide a single sign-on and attribute exchange framework. Shibboleth also provides extended privacy functionality allowing the browser user and their home site to control the attributes released to each application. Using Shibboleth-enabled access simplifies management of identity and permissions for organizations supporting users and applications.

Tom Nagy, Accessible Archives COO, commented: “We are pleased to join this rapidly growing community and offer Shibboleth technology in addition to IP and username-password authentication to provide transparent access to our resources for our end users. When we embarked on distributing our content in the Europe where Shibboleth is widely used, we realized quickly that users must have a familiar and easy to use means of access allowing their patrons to access Accessible Archives without additional authentication.”

About Accessible Archives, Inc.

Founded in 1990, Accessible Archives utilizes computer technology and a team of conversion specialists to provide vast quantities of archived historical information previously available only in microformat, hard copy or as images only. Diverse primary source materials reflecting broad views across American history and culture have been assembled into comprehensive databases. Developed by dedicated instructors and students of Americana, these databases allow access to the rich store of materials from leading books, newspapers and periodicals then current. Accessible Archives will continue to add titles covering important topics and time periods to assist scholars and students at all academic levels. Accessible Archives has retained Unlimited Priorities as its exclusive sales and marketing agent.


Exclusive Sales & Marketing Agent:
Iris L. Hanney, President

Joe Paulsen

UK Representative:
Howard Stanbury

All images included in blog posts are from either Accessible Archives collections or out of copyright public sources unless otherwise noted. Common sources include the Library of Congress, The Flickr Commons, Wikimedia Commons, and other public archives.

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