The Gale Digital Scholar Lab Adds a New Sign-In Method
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We’ve made updates to the way users can create a sign-in to the Gale Digital Scholar Lab, furthering its commitment to a secure and seamless user experience for faculty and student access.
| By Margaret Waligora, Product Manager |
Since its launch in 2018, users have been able to sign in to the Gale Digital Scholar Lab using a Google or Microsoft email address to build, clean, and analyze optical character recognition (OCR) texts across multiple sessions. During this time, we received feedback from librarians and researchers about how we could improve and expand our sign-in options to align with the infrastructure at their institutions.
As of Friday, December 18, 2020, users can sign in to the Gale Digital Scholar Lab using their university credentials—addressing the highest-priority issue of our library partners and users. This new sign-in method uses Shibboleth authentication to anonymously log users in to the Laband persist their content sets, configurations, and analyses across multiple sessions.
Shibboleth is one of the most widely used identity management systems in the world. After emerging as an Internet2 middleware activity in 2000, it was quickly adopted by academic institutions, identity federations, and commercial organisations all over the world.
We create products that enable secure and seamless access to protected online resources and applications. With just one identity, a user can securely sign into a variety of systems while keeping management free from the burden of maintaining a collection of usernames and passwords. As an open-source project, all Shibboleth software is free and accessible to all and support is widely available through active community forums.