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Metaleth will be a test bed for the integration of Shibboleth with a third party software product widely used in HE. The lessons should prove valuable to Bristol and many other Universities.

Metaleth: University of Bristol Shibboleth Early Adoption

Introduction   

Metaleth will be a test bed for the integration of Shibboleth with a third party software product widely used in HE. The lessons should prove valuable to Bristol and many other Universities.

Aims and Objectives

To implement a Shibboleth environment for the University and integrate this with the Ex Libris Group's Library Portal product "Metalib" and the Group's link-server "SFX" as Shibboleth targets. This will mean that a user who successfully attempts to access Metalib or use SFX services will initiate a Shibboleth session that can used by Metalib or SFX and other targets within the ATHENS federation.

The project output will be made available to the 26 UK HE institutions who use Metalib and the 29 using SFX.

The specific objectives are to create:

  • Operational Shibboleth origin
  • Test Directory service
  • Metalib authenticate using the University's Single Sign On service
  • Integration with Shibboleth framework
  • Documentation and reports

Project Methodology

The focus of the project is to produce a working Shibboleth integration with Metalib and to achieve a clear understanding of all the technical and non-technical issues.

Implications / Deliverables / Stakeholders

The work at Bristol will be documented and packaged in reports and open source code for adoption by other users of Ex Libris products and/or those intending to implement Shibboleth.

Summary
Start date
1 May 2005
End date
31 March 2006
Funding programme
Core Middleware Infrastructure programme
Topic