Shibboleth Authentication and Informit
All Informit products are fully compliant with Shibboleth authentication. This means that remote users may access Informit products simply by using their institutional login. On-site users with non-IP authenticated laptops, tablets and hand-held devices will now also be able to access Informit by using their institutional login.* This single-sign-on approach enables seamless access to Informit resources.
Shibboleth authentication is currently available to members of the Australian Access Federation (AAF). Other federations will be supported in future.
* Please note: IP-authenticated computers will continue be automatically logged in.
About Shibboleth Authentication
Shibboleth authentication provides single sign-on convenience for authorised users at your institution - whether they be on-site or logging-in remotely. When a user attempts to access a service such as Informit remotely or via a non-IP-authenticated (automatic login) computer, the institution, or ‘identity provider', sends the minimal identification information necessary to the service provider (in this case, RMIT Publishing) to enable an authorisation decision.
RMIT Publishing trusts that the information sent by the institution belongs to a user with appropriate rights to access Informit products.
This process takes place within a federation of service providers and identity providers. Shibboleth authentication for Informit is currently available to members of the Australian Access Federation (AAF).
For more information visit:
Australian Access Federation - http://www.aaf.edu.au/
Shibboleth - http://shibboleth.internet2.edu/
Informit and Shibboleth Attributes
Informit utilises the attribute ShibIdentityProvider to enable authorisation. This will be setup during Shibboleth activation, and means that authorisation can only be granted to users at the institutional level. If your institution plans to modify this attribute, please contact RMIT Publishing Customer Support.
Activate Shibboleth authentication to Informit for your institute
Before you attempt to activate Shibboleth for the Informit service, you need to confirm that your institute is an active member of the Australian Access Federation (AAF). To do this, ask your IT department or contact the AAF directly: www.aaf.edu.au.
If you have confirmed that your institute is an active member the Australian Access Federation (AAF), contact RMIT Publishing Customer Support.
With Shibboleth, it's more convenient than ever to access Informit
Go to http://search.informit.com.au .
Under ‘Shibboleth Login'*, select your home institute from the drop-down list**.
Enter your institutional login in.
*If you do not see the login box, you may be using an IP-authenticated computer which is automatically logged in.
**You will only see your institution listed if you are remote user of an institute which holds active AAF membership and subscribes to an Informit product.
Most institutes use IP authentication for computers which are connected to their network (including wi-fi connections). This overrides Shibboleth authentication and no log-in is necessary.
If you use a laptop, tablet or hand-held device which is not IP-authenticated, Shibboleth login will enable access to all Informit products. Login as a remote user by following the above instructions.