Altmetric in the News
18 Jan 2016 — Data science company Altmetric today announced that their customers will be able to access the Explorer for Institutions platform using their Shibboleth single sign-on credentials. This additonal authentication method provides customers with the option of seamless access to the Explorer platform, making it even easier for users to browse and report on the online attention surrounding their research.
Shibboleth is an open-source software package that provides users with standardised access to services subscribed to by their institution whilst maintaining high levels of privacy. Altmetric is now a registered service provider for the UK Federation and is also able to offer Shibboleth authentication to institutions anywhere in the world.
Additionally, institutions using Shibboleth authentication can also make use of a WAYFless link that Altmetric supplies, thus bypassing the ‘Where Are You From’ (WAYF) step during the institutional login process and streamlining the user experience.
Commenting on the new service, Altmetric’s Product Development Manager Jean Liu said, “Our institutional users have been keen for us to support Shibboleth authentication, so we’re really pleased to be able to deliver it. This development makes it even easier for Altmetric Explorer for Institutions users to access the latest online attention relating to their own research outputs, as well as millions of others included in the platform.”