External Engagement and Access Management December 1, 2009Posted by Chris Y in : Events, Updates , add a comment
On the 23-24th November, Chris Young attended FAM09 – Federating: The Next Generation in Cardiff.
Ostensibly with an (old, slightly battered, but still jaunty) Access Management hat on it was interesting to approach the conference from the point of view of “the externally active institution”.
Whilst there was some of the usual focus on the IT infrastructure provision to support Federated Access Management, there were discussions emerging around the range of access methods and audiences that the switch to Federated Access is starting to uncover (or exclude).
A key issue from a BCE perspective involved the role of library and resource management staff as “gatekeepers” for institutional resources. For many FAM is still about staff from their institution accessing to licensed third-party resources, whereas the federated infrastructure offers so much more potential for shared, trusted access control between institutions – locally, nationally and internationally.
Of particular relevance to this project, Helen Baird (Oakleigh Consulting) presented on the findings of the Extending Access Management into BCE scoping study and its final report.
This was a joint session with Liam Earney (JISC Collections) talking about the JISC Model Licence and the work taking place to review current terms and the need to deal with the communication and licensing issues surrounding the electronic resources.