Presentation on theme: "OhioNET EZProxy Service"— Presentation transcript:
1 OhioNET EZProxy Service UnderstandingIntegratingEmploying
2 StakeholdersVendors (EBSCO, etc)Limit access to subscribers
3 StakeholdersInstitutionsLimit access to institutional boundaries
4 Stakeholders Faculty and Students Easily access services within these boundaries
5 Problem: Making limits easy Solution: remove login constraints for customer campus networksID campus by its IP number rangeRegister this information with the vendorAutomatically log in all customers from that rangeto =
6 New Problem: Off-Campus Users Off-campus users use networks that cannot be registered with the vendorVPN: off-campus users communicate through vendors through campus networkCostly: requires licenses and bandwidthRelatively complicated: requires software installationProxy: off campus users communicate through one IP address registered as “on-campus” with the vendor
7 Solution: re-route the user Proxy IP address is registered with the vendorUser is routed through the proxy=
8 EZProxy: How it works Authenticates user Connects to resource We use the catalog as an ID databaseConnects to resourceUser talks only to it (looks like a website)Vendor talks only to it (looks like a browser)I’m EBSCOI’m Mt Union
9 How it works: on the user’s side URL rewritingTranslates URL so that user goes only to proxyTheological implications are included free of charge!
11 How it works: adding a new resource Tell the vendor your proxy IPContact opalhelp with resource title and URL to be added to the proxyopalhelp will send back a linkTest proxy from off-campusIf it fails, report to opalhelp for further configurationSuccess? Put link into your links page
12 How it works: providing access Host links yourselfFull control over look and organization of links pageLink text provided by opalhelpHost links on proxy serverOhioNET provides a simple menu page with linksSome basic decoration is possibleLogin necessary to see provided resourceshttps://login.cc.opal-libraries.org/login
13 How it works: management Provide some communications channel for off-campus users on your proxy/links pagesReport connectivity problems to opalhelpVendors sometimes forget IP addressesRelay messages about changing vendor domains, URLs, etc, to opalhelp
14 OhioNET proxy features OhioLINK via OhioNETJust one login for all your resourcesRegister your campus IP range with us for pass-throughJust one link for both on and off-campus usersDistinguish users by ptype, statusOffer certain resources only to certain ptypesStatistics provided on demand via web
15 More features Alternative authentication Other data sources: servers, Shibboleth, LDAP, Windows Active Directory, CAS, othersSSL encryption on logins (standard for OPAL)Abuse detection and responseLimits set on download rateLimits set on number of simultaneous sessions per loginAbused logins can be identified, disabled
16 Questions? Ask now Ask later: email@example.com Alternatively… Ask the list: (“Subscribe” without quotes in the body)Ask the list archives (agonizingly slow): ls.suny.edu/read/?forum=ezproxy
17 Preloaded QuestionsDo we need to make a list of databases if we decide to proxy OLINK?Yes, Title and URL, each on its own line or its own column in Excel, please.As URLs change, who maintains them?We will make the changes. It is a good idea to send us a heads-up, however.Do proxy URLs work in the catalog?Yes. The proxy URL is easy to build and can be used like any other URL.
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