OpenAthens

An authentication system which ensures that users have access to the content they are entitled to use.

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Explaining the benefits of signing up to OpenAthens to a nurse

OpenAthens administrators

There are local, regional, and national administrators.  The regional and national administrators are:

London, Kent, Surrey and Sussex

Sabelo Mapasure and team [email protected].

Midlands

Emma Young and team [email protected].

North

Michelle Dutton and team [email protected].

South West, Thames Valley and Wessex

Catherine Micklethwaite and team [email protected].

National Administrator

NICE team [email protected].

Local administrators  with OpenAthens or Link Resolver problems should report them to their regional OpenAthens and Link Resolver administrator(s).

OpenAthens support

The following solutions are available ion the HEE Service Desk:

OpenAthens regional statistics

Select your region: LKSS | Midlands and East | North | South

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.

You may need to click ‘Enable Editing’ in order to view the charts in full.

To compare your organisation with others:

  1. Go to the organisational pivot tables tab.
  2. Pick the chart of interest.
  3. Click on the grey ‘organisation’ tab.
  4. Deselect all organisations and select the ones you are interested in.

Note that you will need to ‘Unprotect’ the spreadsheet/allow editing to do this.

OpenAthens resource transfer data is not a reliable indicator and you should use supplier statistics instead.

NALROM

NALROM manages OpenAthens authentication and the national link resolver for NHS libraries in England.

Page last reviewed: 26 April 2022

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