Akenti access to Zetoc

Apps, Ann and Hewitt, W. Terry and Jones, Mike A.S. and MacIntyre, Ross and Sanders, Ashley and Weeks, Andrew Akenti access to Zetoc., 2003 . In AHM2003 eScience 'All Hands' Meeting, Nottingham (UK), 2-4 September 2003. [Conference paper]

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With more services populating the UK's Grid with strict access control policies and users in multi-levelled organisations with multi-lateral collaborations, there is a real need for careful control of access to data and resources. A2Z is an ongoing JISC funded project to investigate the use of Akenti (development authorisation software from Laurence Berkeley Laboratory) to control access to British Library data in the form of an existing service Zetoc, run by MIMAS at the University of Manchester. A2Z uses UK eScience x509 certificates to identify people via the same Zetoc web interface familiar to the user, minus the username password authentication step. Behind the scenes, complex sets of rules exist some of which are issued, signed and maintained by people representing the British Library (stakeholder for the data) and others by people representing JISC (stakeholder for the storage and service delivery mechanism). Users are issued with Attribute Certificates (i.e. certificates which tie an x509 certificate to an attribute e.g. group or rôle) which the stakeholders may wish to require as part of their access policy. This paper highlights how Akenti has been employed to describe and evaluate the complex authorisation rules required to access the library's data via zetoc. It highlights the minimal impact to the user and shows how a resource such as this can be controlled in a highly distributed framework.

Item type: Conference paper
Keywords: Akenti, Community Authorisation, Social Science, Distributed Administration
Subjects: H. Information sources, supports, channels. > HN. e-journals.
J. Technical services in libraries, archives, museum.
Depositing user: Ann Apps
Date deposited: 30 Jul 2008
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:12
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10760/12173






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