|Training and support||OpenAthens regional statistics||Administrator rights||Future developments|
OpenAthens and the Ovid Discovery Service Link Resolver ensure that users have access to the content they are authorised to use. See Discovery Infrastructure for more information.
There are local, regional, and national administrators. The regional and national administrators are:
|London, Kent, Surrey and Sussex [OpenAthens and Link Resolver]||Jenny Turner and team|
|Midlands and East [OpenAthens and Link Resolver]||Elizabeth Wright and team|
|North [OpenAthens]||Anne Roberts|
|North [Link Resolver]||Andrew Craig|
|South [OpenAthens] – South West||Catherine Micklethwaite and team|
|South [OpenAthens] – Thames Valley and Wessex||Lucy Gilham, Jo Fabling and team|
|South [Link Resolver]||Lucy Gilham and Jo Fabling|
|National Administrator||Fran Wilkie and team|
Authentication and the national Link Resolver are managed by the National Authentication and Link Resolver Operational Management [NALROM] Group.
Training and Support
- OpenAthens administrator instructions – a document for local administrators outlining key tasks and responsibilities
- OpenAthens demonstration videos – covering local administrator functions (not NHS specific)
- OpenAthens VLE – online learning tool for local administrators (not NHS specific)
- OpenAthens eligibility – who is entitled to register for NHS OpenAthens
- NHS OpenAthens for health and medical students at higher education institutions – please also see the sub-pages About OpenAthens and Participating HEIs
- Link Resolver help – FAQs for local administrators, maintained by Wolters Kluwer
- Link Resolver training video – for local administrators, maintained by Wolters Kluwer
- Dealing with link resolver queries – flow chart for regional administrators supporting local administrators
- E-resource access issues and solutions – for library staff – list of e-resource access problems with solutions and contacts
OpenAthens Regional Statistics
The OpenAthens reports comprise:
- Account totals for each OpenAthens organisation
- Account totals for each OpenAthens organisation as a % of organisational headcount*
- Unique successful account authentications for each OpenAthens organisation
- % of accounts being used (unique successful logins / total number of accounts x 100)
*Note that trust headcounts are taken from NHS Digital workforce data for January each year. They will not include students on placement within trusts and may not account for changes or mergers that may have taken place during the year.
To compare your organisation with others:
- Go to the organisational pivot tables tab
- Pick the chart of interest
- Click on the grey ‘organisation’ tab
- Deselect all organisations and select the ones you are interested in
How to request administrator rights
- Contact your regional OA administrator. You will be emailed a GDPR statement
- Send a reply to the email to Fran.Wilkie@nice.org.uk stating that you understand and agree to use the data as set out in this statement.
- If you are the administrator for multiple organisations, you only need to reply once, indicating the organisations for which you are responsible.
- If you share administrator duties with anyone else, they must also follow steps 2-3.
- Contact your regional lead (see above). Tell them whether you are an additional administrator for your organisation or replacing a previous administrator.
- The regional lead will confirm receipt of the request.
- Once you have received confirmation, go to https://admin.odslr.com and login with your personal OpenAthens account. You won’t be able to access the Admin area.
- Go to My Profile. Your name and email address will have been anonymised. Overtype with your name and email address. Click Save.
- Contact your regional lead when you have done this, stating the OpenAthens org name(s) and OpenAthens org ID(s) of the organisation(s) you will be administering. You may find these details by searching this list.
- Your regional lead will forward these details to Fran Wilkie at NICE who will activate Administrator rights for you. She will email to confirm when this is done.
- Complex sign-on procedures are a significant barrier for users.
- HEE is looking at what future models for authentication and single sign on might look like.
- For more information, please contact: Lucy Reid.
[Page last updated: 8 October 2020]