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“Athens Identity Manager (Version: N/A)”:

Manufacturer of the IMS

  • Eduserv Technologies Ltd.
  • URL: (Visit Homepage)
  • Nature of provider / distributor: public
  • Nationality of the manufacturer: N/A

Type of the IMS / Class of the IMS

  • Type of the IMS: Type 1
  • Class of the IMS: N/A

Supported languages

  • England: English

References for the IMS

Is the IMS an open/closed IMS?

State of IMS deployment

Distribution of the IMS

Geographic scope

Is the IMS an open/closed IMS?: Open

State of IMS deployment: Available

Distribution of the IMS: N/A

Geographic scope: Global

Hard and software requirements of the IMS

Web browser (all server functionality resides at Eduserv).

Installed base of the IMS (Userbase)

2 million users world-wide

Interoperability and supported standards

Interoperability with Shibboleth and other SAML based services is provided.

Server-side component(s)

The servers are maintained at Eduserv Ltd. No information about their exact configuration is available.

Client-side component(s)

Web browser with cookie support.

Description of functionality / features (client and server)

The current implementation of Athens is a completely centralized authorization system. Administrators at higher education/national health institutions register their users at a central Authentication Domain.They sign contracts with Data Service Providers (DSPs) about which services should be available for their users. After a user has successfully registered at the central servers, she can request a service from a DSP. The DSP then asks the central server if that particular user is allowed access, and grants it on positive reply if the user’s organization has a contract with the DSP. There are effords underway to transform the system to something like Shibboleth, where there is more than one central authority.At the same time, backwards compatability is promised for the current applications.

Main functionality

Access Management and Single-Sign On

Purchase costs in EUR

0 (Free for UK Higher Education and National Health Service.)

Flow charts of the IMS

Screenshots of the IMS

Other file resources


Evaluator of the IMS

Martin Meints (ICPP)

General Comments (free text)

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