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The project will adopt Shibboleth as the standard external resource access management solution across the institution, supporting current activity as a resource consumer through the use of Shibboleth-Athens gateway functionality.

WALRUS: Wakefield access to learning resources using shibboleth

The project will adopt Shibboleth as the standard external resource access management solution across the institution, supporting current activity as a resource consumer through the use of Shibboleth-Athens gateway functionality. 

Aims and Objectives

The project will substitute Shibboleth for Athens, providing access to all the external resource collections currently accessed via Athens.  The project will report on the issues encountered in the form of a case study and discussion on the effectiveness of the project.  Benefits will be sought for the learner (through access to rich resources), the tutor (through an extended range of resources available to apply), administrators (through reduced burden of user account management), the institution (through anticipated improvements in learner performance), and the sector (through additional utilisation driving competition promoting enhancements to resources). 

The specific objectives are to:

  • Enable easy access to resources by staff and students using Shibboleth
  • Disseminate the experience gained to colleagues

Project Methodology

The project will be divided into 3 main logical phases:  investigation, implementation, and roll out.  Phase 1 will investigate the key technical, cultural, pedagogical and administrative implications of adopting Shibboleth in the College.  Using the findings of phase 1, phase 2 will implement Shibboleth, pilot its use in controlled areas, and identify strengths and weaknesses in its practical application.  Phase 3 will implement any recommendations of phase 2, roll out Shibboleth across the institution as the primary method for staff and students to access external resource collections, and implement the necessary technical and administrative structures to sustain the delivery of Shibboleth services beyond the life of the project.

Implications / Deliverables / Stakeholders

The project will deliver a detailed case study of the transition experienced by the College. The case study will document the issues, benefits, challenges and opportunities encountered in the adoption of Shibboleth across the related technological, cultural and administrative concerns.  The value of the case study will be in its broad applicability.  The information generated by this project will constitute an example directly applicable to the many resource consuming Colleges and institutions closely resembling of the size and culture of Wakefield College.

Summary
Start date
1 November 2005
End date
31 October 2006
Funding programme
Core Middleware Infrastructure programme
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