There is considerable interest in leveraging SAFIRE and eduGAIN to integrate with the various library information providers, such as academic content, journal, and database publishers. Information providers variously term this “Shibboleth”, “SAML” or “Institutional” logins, and in most cases are already integrated with other federations around the world.
The following documents the integration status of various providers in SAFIRE.
ACM Digital Library
Oxford University Press
Radiological Society of North America
Royal Society of Chemistry
Taylor & Francis Online
Web of Science / Web of Knowledge (Clarivate Analytics)
Westlaw UK (Thomson Reuters)
Values needed by information providers
Publishers and information providers may ask for an entity ID or IdP identity. If they’re accessing your identity provider via eduGAIN, the value they will need is your institution’s proxied entity ID. You can get this by finding on your institution in our list of identity providers and then clicking on the
Metadata entityID field to expand it. This will display other forms of the entity ID, including the
Proxied entityID for you to copy-and-paste.
You may also be asked to make use of a “Wayfless” URL. Different providers have different mechanisms for constructing these, so you will need to refer to the providers’s documentation. However, they will always involve a URL-encoded version of your entity ID — follow the instructions in the preceding paragraph and copy the
Finally, you may be asked for affiliation or scoped affiliation values. These are the values your institution sets for eduPersonScopedAffiliation and will be a value like
firstname.lastname@example.org. You may be able to figure out the correct ones by logging into our test service provider, but generally you should confirm them with your own identity provider administrator or IT support staff.
Hints from other federations
Other federations have links to providers’ documentation that may prove useful to those trying to get this to work: